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Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As summer approaches, I am already missing our students, but I look forward to supporting your child in their learning while they are on summer break. While summer offers many opportunities for family and education, research studies show that students actually lose a lot of what they learn over the summer.

Students reading at Toomer Elementary School

I am pleased to announce that Atlanta Public Schools has a new reading program called “School’s Out, Reading Is In!” to help us keep students reading through the summer and continue their love of learning.


I cannot stress enough the importance of reading and writing in preparing our students for college, career and life.  School work is not enough. Reading outside of the classroom is critical, especially over the summer break. The simple act of reading 20 minutes a day can help students strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary and conversation skills.

The new reading program is our summer effort to encourage students to become lifelong readers.

In mid-May, your child will receive a backpack full of books and activities. Upon receipt of that backpack, choose a book and start reading. Make a plan for your children to spend at least 20 minutes reading a book each day. Each book comes with an activity sheet to help your children fully understand what they have read and encourage them to think critically and write about what they are reading.

In addition to providing the backpack, Atlanta Public Schools has worked with local libraries to coordinate its summer reading program with their reading challenges. When your child returns to school this fall, their teachers will ask them to give a report on one of the books they read over the summer.

We hope you and your children enjoy the summer. We would love to hear from you about how you made reading and writing a part of a great break and invite you to visit to share your stories.


Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools


Kids Reading  

Four Free Books for Students in K-11th Grade

This year, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) launches “School’s Out! Reading is In!”, a summer reading initiative for APS students currently in kindergarten through 11th grade. The program aims to help combat summer slide—the academic loss students experience during summer break—by providing reading resources and opportunities for students of all ages.