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Bridge the Summer Reading Gap

Experts suggest the reading loss that typically occurs over the Summer break away from school can be prevented through home support. When parents provide their kids with engaging, age-appropriate, and content-rich books, 50 percent of students not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains over the Summer. Please reference the Core Knowledge Foundation’s Summer reading suggestions that can additionally contribute to completing your student’s cultural literacy as they transition from one grade to the next.

Core Knowledge Recommended Trade Books for Summer Reading

Other recommended books for families:

Cultural Literacy - What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

The book includes a list of about 5,000 essential names, phrases, dates, and concepts, intended to illustrate the shared knowledge of literate American culture.

The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

[Hirsch] cuts through the fog of educational jargon and hits home with parents and teachers. . . . His book is showing up as required reading on the desks of school board members, superintendents, policy wonks and politicians across the country. —L. A. Times

The Knowledge Deficit - Closing the Shocking Education Gap for American Children by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

"We will achieve a just and prosperous society only when schools ensure that everyone commands enough shared knowledge to communicate effectively with everyone else." — E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

What your ___ Grader Needs Know

Content & Skill Guide K-8

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