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Stop “Summer Slide” with Read Conmigo

Playground slides and water slides have long been a source of summer fun for kids. The one slide you don't want, however, is the summer slide in reading skills. When kids don't read for several months, their reading abilities start to decline.

Children often fall behind in their reading and math skills over the summer by an average of two months according to education experts at the National Summer Learning Association. This decline is particularly common with low-income families. In addition, kids who don’t have solid reading skills by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Download Our Free Bilingual Books to Avoid the Slide

Fortunately, Read Conmigo is here to help you avoid summer slide with entertaining bilingual eBooks you can download at no cost. By encouraging your children to read during the summer, you can help them avoid summer reading loss — and possibly even improve their reading abilities.

Our bilingual books help develop reading skills in both English and Spanish. Bilingual books are especially important for kids who are still learning English and are not yet comfortable with the language. The ability to speak both English and Spanish fluently is an important skill for the future when young adults graduate and start working.

Sign Up Now to get started. You’ll receive a welcome email and can start downloading free books as well as our optional mobile apps. Click Books on the top menu to access your books and apps.

Working Together to Encourage Young Readers

Developing summer reading skills is a partnership — between Read Conmigo and your family and between you and your children. Here are several ways to encourage a summer of reading:

  • Choose books each child will enjoy. That way summer reading won't feel like "homework."
  • Create a daily schedule for summer reading. Aim to make reading a habit and a special activity your children look forward to each day.
  • Read together with your kids. Although older children may enjoy reading alone, younger kids do better reading with a parent, grandparent or older sibling. Reading together is particularly important if your child struggles in school or with learning English.
  • Follow Read Conmigo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! We will be sharing a fun summer learning activity every day throughout the summer.
  • Share this infographic to help raise awareness about the importance of reading during the summer.