Summer Reading

July 25, 2017

Pearl River, NY – Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (AD-97) sponsors Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” which encourages students to dream big, to discover new interests and think of ways to improve the world around us.

“It is essential that we encourage our youth to visit their libraries and enroll in summer reading programs because we know informal reading in the summer maintains and even increases children's reading skills. Our youth stay busy and entertained and improve their skills,” said Assemblywoman, Ellen C. Jaffee, Chair of the Committee on Children and Families. “Regular contact with print materials—books, magazines, writing games—helps little kids get ready to read and big kids raise scores. Stephen Krashen, author of The Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1993), concludes that reading is the most powerful tool available for building vocabulary as well as the ability to read, write, spell, and comprehend. In addition, voluntary reading (such as summer reading programs) has a major impact on children's literacy, expands knowledge, and imagination.”

If you haven’t already started with your local library, here’s how to start the Assemblywoman’s Summer Reading challenge today:

1) Read 15 mins a day for at least 30 days during July & August. Children can read alone or with a partner or caregiver.

2) Mark off days on calendar provided.

3) Once you’ve completed 30 days or more, submit the calendar to Assemblywoman Jaffee’s office along with your full name and mailing address.

4) Assemblywoman Jaffee will recognize your achievement by sending you a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate.

Assemblywoman Jaffee’s District Office is located at 1 Blue hill Plaza, PO Box 1549, Pearl River NY 10965. You can also email the district office at with your completed calendar or any questions. Print out calendar today or call the district office at 845-624-4601 and request the documents to be mailed to you directly and free of charge.

Having trouble incentivizing a child to read? You’ll find suggestions on age-appropriate summer reading by visiting; try finding books on subjects they care about or planning activities that interest them as a reward for daily reading.