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Children's Services: Summer Reading: Re-think, Re-imagine-Re-ignite!

Collaborative Summer Library Program 2015 and Beyond!

2015 Theme: Heroes

Early Literacy Program:
Every Hero Has a Story
Early Literacy summer reading poster
Cada Héroe Tiene una Historia

Children's Program:
Every Hero Has a Story
Children's summer reading poster
Cada Héroe Tiene una Historia

Teen Program:
Teen summer reading poster
¡Sin Máscara!

Adult Program:
Escape the Ordinary
Adult summer reading poster
Escapa de lo Común

2015 CSLP Artists

Early Literacy Program
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Children's Program 
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Teen Program
Hope Larson

Adult Program 
Larry Jones

2016 Theme: Wellness/Fitness/Sports

Children's Program — On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!
Teens — Get in the Game: Read
Adult — Exercise Your Mind: Read

2017 Theme: Build a Better World

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing the CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.

Summer Reading Lists

Summer reading lists developed for the Connecticut Department of Education, May 2014

Grade K-Grade 2 (PDF)
Grade 3-Grade 4 (PDF)
Grade 5-Grade 6 (PDF)
Grade 7-Grade 8 (PDF)
Grades 9-Grade 12 (PDF)

More reading lists - Just the Classics

2014 K-2 Classics (PDF)
2014 Grade 3-4 Classics (PDF)
2014 Grade 5-6 Classics (PDF)
2014 Grades 7-8 Classics (PDF)
2014 Grades 9-12 Classics (PDF)

Summer Reading: Re-think, Re-imagine-Re-ignite!

Summer Reading: 
Re-think, Re-imagine, Re-ignite!

A two day opportunity to re-think, re-imagine and re-invent your summer reading program

Where and When
November 12 at the Middletown Library Service Center, 9:00 - 4:00
9:00 - Coffee & Registration
9:30 Program Start
BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH- we'll provide drinks, snacks, dessert


December 3rd at the CT State Library Van Block Facility in Hartford, 9:00 -3:30
9:00 - Coffee & Registration
9:30 Program Start
BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH- we'll provide drinks, snacks, dessert

To register:
This is a two day program.  You'll register once for both days.  Follow the link below, go to November 12th and click on the workshop title.  Ideally, the same person will come both days, but if that's not possible, put the name of the person who will attend on December 3rd in the box at the bottom of the registration form.  THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS PROGRAM!



Summer Reading Research

Heyns, B. (1978). Summer Learning and the Effects of Schooling. New York: Academic Press Inc.

In her definitive and classic study, Barbara Heyns followed sixth and seventh graders in the Atlanta public schools through two school years and the intervening summer.  Among the findings of her research:

  • The number of books read during the summer is consistently related to academic gains.
  • Children in every income group who read six or more books over the summer gained more in reading achievement than children who did not.
  • The use of the public library during the summer is more predictive of vocabulary gains than attending summer school is.
  • The major factors determining whether a child read over that summer were: 1) whether the child used the public library; 2) the child's sex (girls read more than boys but also watched more TV); 3) socioeconomic status; and 4) the distance from home to a library.

"More than any other public institution, including the schools, the public library contributed to the intellectual growth of children during the summer. Moreover, unlike summer school programs, the library was used by over half the sample and attracted children from diverse backgrounds." (p.177)


Krashen, S. (2004) The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Stephen Krashen, a linguist and leading researcher in voluntary reading, suggests that an often overlooked method to improve reading is providing readers with a supply of interesting and accessible books.  Research demonstrates that self-selected voluntary reading leads to the greatest gains in reading achievement and other aspects of literacy. Krashen also suggests that libraries can alleviate some of the literacy problems created by impoverished family conditions.


Summer Reading: Program and Evidence, 2007by Fay H. Shin  (Author), Stephen D. Krashen (Author)

Summer Setback Research

Statistics and Evaluation


Community Partners

Summer Reading Articles & Resources for Middle & High Schools


YALSA Awards and Booklists:

  • Outstanding Books for the College Bound - Fiction, biography, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, selected every 5 years for college bound students by an ALA committee, for their readability, cultural and ethnic diversity, balanced of points of view, contemporary and classical value, and availability.
  • Michael L. Printz Award - Awarded annually, in January, for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award - The Edwards Award honors an author and a specific work for lifetime contribution in writing books of enduring popularity with teenagers.
  • William C. Morris Award - The Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a first-time, previously unpublished author. The first award will be given in 2009.
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults - YALSA's newest award will honor the best nonfiction book for young adults; the first winner will be named in 2010.
  • Alex Awards - Awarded each year to 10 adult books that young adults will enjoy.
  • Best Books for Young Adults - Significant adult and young adult, fiction and nonfiction titles, published during the 16 month period before the awards are announced in January, selected for their appeal to the personal reading tastes of the young adults. (to 2010)
  • Best Fiction for Young Adults - Fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. (2011+)
  • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers - Titles selected for recreational reading for young adults who do not like to read.
  • Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - Theme lists of paperbacks (one to five themes are chosen each year), representing a broad variety genres, selected to encourage young adults to read for pleasure.
  • Great Graphic Novels for Teens - This annual list offers recommended graphic novels that have teen appeal.
  • Teens' Top Ten - This list allows teens to choose their ten favorite books from a list of current titles nominated by teen book groups. Nominations are listed in April. Teens vote for their favorite books each Teen Read Week. The votes are tallied and the list is available every October.
  • Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults - Notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. The name of the list became Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults with the 2009 list and was previously known as Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults. (1999+)
  • Fabulous Films for Young Adults - Films around a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of library settings. Titles will be selected to appeal to young adults with varied tastes and interests. (1997+)

Other Lists and Awards for Teens:

  • Connecticut's Nutmeg Award (Teen Category ; High School Category)
  • TAYSHAS Reading List (Texas Library Association)
    Enjoyable literature, appropriate for teen readers copyrighted within the past three years, and selected each year by Texas high school media specialists, to motivate young adults to read more and to enjoy opportunities to become a community of readers.
    Information about teens favorite books, organized by "The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996." Includes book reviews, features, author profiles, excerpts and more.


Summer Learning Loss

What "The Research" says

READy for the Grade

Digital Badges


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