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Summer Reading 2021

Dear South Washington County families,

In SoWashCo, we’ve encouraged and often required summer reading for many of our high school students in years past. Our primary purpose in doing this was to foster a love of reading outside of academic requirements. We want students to enjoy books they’ve chosen. 

This year, we want to respect the work that students have done during this stressful pandemic and want to honor time for students to step away from formal learning requirements for the summer. There will be no requirements for summer reading requirements for 2021 at any of our high schools, and we will not be requiring textbook reading prior to the 2021-2022 school year. That said, we still strongly encourage students to engage with choice reading. Research supports that this will inevitably support their academic growth and success:

Of all the activities in which children engage outside of school, time spent actually reading is the best predictor of reading achievement---the more students read, the better readers they become (Allington, 2006; Anderson, Wilson, & Fielding, 1988). 

The research indicates also that 
students steady achievement can be improved by time spent reading in the summer months (Anderson,Wilson, & Fielding, 1988). 

Choice is a strong component of engagement! Below are some ideas for reading activities:

  • Utilize library apps to access eBooks, eAudiobooks and magazines
  • Commit to a summer reading program like Washington County Library
  • Join a reading social media website, such as GoodReads to help you track your reading and create “To Be Read” lists
  • Volunteer or start a book club in your neighborhood

Here are some notable book lists for young adults:

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Leah Boulos, District Literacy Coordinator, at

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