Books on Break

School success depends on summer

Books on Break combats summer learning loss and transforms summer into a time of literacy enrichment.

At “free book fairs” just before the start of summer, elementary students in local schools are invited to select free books to take home over the summer and keep forever. These books help them retain their academic skills and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

In summer 2019, 16,978 students selected 86,495 books during Books on Break in Durham Public Schools, Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools, Orange County Schools and — new in 2019 — in Bladen and Columbus counties!

  • Afterschool providers and educators: download the Books on Break toolkit so that you can launch your own summer book giving program.
  • Summer program providers: download the Summer Learning toolkit to help you keep your children learning all summer long, and listen to the webinar introducing and explaining the Summer Counts guide.
  • Read a complete report from summer 2019 here.
  • Looking forward to volunteering with us in summer 2020? Complete the Durham Public Schools volunteer registration process now so you’ll be ready!

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now covered Books on Break at Glenn Elementary in Durham in June 2015: