Beat the ‘summer slide’: Why kids shouldn’t skip the books this summer

School might be done and dusted for the year, but it’s important children keep up their reading habits across the summer break.

Studies show that children who continue to read while on holidays can prevent the ‘summer slide’, which is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that occurs when school is not in session.

To help keep kids reading across the summer, State Library Queensland and Gold Coast Libraries have developed the Summer Reading Club, a fun, free program which provides multiple ways to keep children interested, engaged and eager to continue reading.


The online club allows kids to track their progress against reading challenges (there are over 20 to complete), print custom certificates, and submit book reviews.

Children can also solve mysteries during interactive experiences while exploring tales of scientific, archaeological and supernatural discovery.

For parents that want to go a bit more old school, there are unique, fun and interactive activity booklets available to pick up from local libraries across the city too.

The Summer Reading Club is suitable for all ages and reading levels – why not have the whole family join in on the fun and be part of the adventure?!

To find out more about the Summer Reading Club, visit

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Gold Coast Libraries.