096: 11 Tips for Summer Reading Success

Summer reading is such a touchy topic. It’s hard to get buy-in for all parties [parents and students] and consistency in a busy summer.

If you know me, you know I’m a quota and timer hater when it comes to reading. Anything that can create resentment or cause students to find reading to be a chore or dislike reading is a No-Go in my book.

Today, I have ideas to help you and your students not only read this summer but love it too.


As teachers, we often struggle with what to do about getting our students to actually read during the summer.

Sending home work packets, requiring reading logs, and most other traditional methods simply don't work. The only way to ensure your students will read over the summer is if our students have acquired a love of reading during the school year. I hope your students have made the leap from knowing how to read to being committed readers. But if they haven't made that firm commitment yet, in this episode, I have a few ideas to make reading more likely to happen in a family's busy summer plans.

Listen in to the full episode to find out:

  • Tips for making reading simple on the go.
  • Why you need a variety of summer reading activities and ideas for students and families.
  • How to go beyond the local library's summer reading program to motivate students to read this summer.
  • And all kinds of resources for you and your families!

Listen to this episode for all the goodness [and don't forget to grab the FREE Million Words Reading Challenge Packet here]. And check out the links to other resources mentioned in the episode below. ⬇️

Episode #60: My 7 Favorite Children’s Book Podcasts

Hubbards Cupboard - printable books for early readers


ChatterPix - There's a tutorial here.

How to Create a Self-Calculating Leaderboard [in Google Sheets for upper elementary]

Classroom Management Episodes [and freebies]

Organization Episodes [and freebies]


Teach joyfully,

H.O.P.E. Education RESOURCES you're going to L️VE:


  End of the School Year Checklist

PLUS, check out ALL kinds of free printables in the Vault.


Want more? You got it! ⬇️   

    Main Idea and Key Details Graphic Organizer

 Teaching Summarizing

   Compare and Contrast Activities

  Teaching Poetry Activities

  Parent Email Template System



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Ready for more? You're a teacher after my heart ♥️! LISTEN to these Teach Joyfully Podcast episodes next!

#039: 5 Ways to Use Classroom Reading to Impact Long-term Student Success

#040: 11 Ways to Help Your Students Actively Participate in Class Discussions in Meaningful Ways

#047: How to Help Families Keep the Learning Going All Summer

#093: End of the School Year Survival Guide

#094: End of the Year Activities: Poems for Two Voices

#095: Should You Quit Teaching? How to Know It's Time






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