Read 5 for Summer

Kids reading a book under a tree
Research shows that if children read five books at their Lexile level during the summer it helps prevent the summer learning slide. More importantly, it helps develop lifelong readers who understand the importance of balancing reading to learn and reading for enjoyment.



Printable Bookmark

Printable Certificates

Read 5 for Summer Certificate of Achievement Black/White print download

Governor Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi kicked off the State Department of Education’s 2013 Summer Reading Program, Read 5 for Summer, on May 3.

Every child in Oklahoma is asked to read five books over the summer so he or she will return to school with new adventures and ready to start the school year on the right track!

Each elementary school in Oklahoma was sent bookmarks for each student along with parent letters in English and Spanish explaining the summer reading program.

Teachers and school librarians were asked to write each child’s Lexile level on the back of the bookmark, which also has five spaces for children to record the titles of books they read over the summer. A Lexile is a valuable piece of information about either an individual’s reading ability or the difficulty of text in a book. Children should bring the bookmarks back to school with them in the fall for rewards and recognition.

Parents also can determine a child’s appropriate reading level by visiting our Lexiles page on the State Department of Education’s website.

Download a copy of the bookmark at left. Teachers and school librarians can download a certificate of completion at left.


Summer Reading Press Conference 5-3-2013 from OSDE on Vimeo.


Schools might also wish to seek donations from local sponsors or to plan other celebrations to reward this accomplishment.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Metropolitan Library System is supporting the State Department of Education’s Read 5 for Summer program, which is running in conjunction with the library’s own summer reading program, Dig into Reading. The books children read over the summer will count for both the SDE and Department of Libraries summer reading programs.

Last updated on June 3, 2013