An August Reading Challenge

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An August Reading Challenge

Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on August 4, 2021

As we head into the last official month of summer, August provides a chance to give in to a slower pace for just a little while longer. The busyness of back-to-school time will keep! So enjoy this final reading challenge of the summer.

Reading is one of the best ways to support "brain gain" over long school breaks. Students who read just a few minutes each day are more likely to retain more of the grade-level skills and proficiency they've gained during the school year. This establishes a good foundation for kids' return to school in the fall. You can read more about the benefits of summer reading for children here.

For a simple August reading challenge that's easy to adapt to any age, reading level, or genre preference, follow the list below. One book per week, every week this month:

  • Read a book in an usual place: under a tree, on a swing, poolside, at the beach, etc.
  • Read a book from the bottom of your "to be read" pile.
  • Listen to an audiobook of your choice while you do something outside, like taking a walk or gardening.
  • Read a "pandemic" book published in the last six months. 

Good luck! We'll be back next month with a new reading challenge for you. Until then, keep reading!