Children's reading abilities - for those children who don't read for fun - can often slip back over summer. Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have just finished a three-year study into the effects of giving children books to read over the summer holidays. The study was different from previous ones as it lasted for three years rather than one, included younger children than in other studies and allowed the children to choose their own books. The study - which the children started when they were in Years 1 and 2 - compared 852 children who received the books to 478 who didn't. It found that the free books were just as effective at preventing a summer decline in reading skills as a summer school and were much cheaper.
You can find out more about this study by clicking on the link in the title of this post.