RT Journal DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 438656876 LA English T1 Summer Reading and the Potential Contribution of the Public Library in Improving Reading for Children of Poverty A1 Krashen, Stephen, Shin, Fay, PB Taylor & Francis YR 2004 SN 0161-6846 JF Public Library Quarterly VO 23 IS 3/4 SP 99 OP 109 AB Research indicates that there is surprisingly little difference in reading gains between children from high- and low-income families during the school year. Rather, the difference is what happens in the summer. Children from high-income families make better progress in reading over the summer, and over time the summer advantage can account for social- class differences in reading achievement. There is a simple explanation for this difference: Children from high-income families read more over the summer, and they read more because they have more access to books, not only at home but outside the home as well. Studies show that public libraries offer inferior collections and services to children of poverty. An obvious way to increase access to books over the summer is to improve public library services.