News From Dr. Cruz: Reading Through Summer

Team AISD:
We all know that reading is the foundation of learning. That is why the AISD Literacy Plan addresses strengthening literacy both inside and outside the classroom.
A great way to keep our students’ reading skills sharp during the coming summer months is to take advantage of Austin ISD’s five-book dive summer reading list.   
Research shows that when students read at least five books during the summer, they are more likely to retain their reading skills and be better prepared when school resumes in the fall.
This year, we are partnering with BookPeople, Texas’ leading independent bookstore, on the five-book dive challenge. Students who complete an optional reading log with the names of the five books they read over the summer can show the log at BookPeople to receive a $5 gift certificate.
It is also a good time to remind students they have access to, a digital library with thousands of books that are customized by student interest and independent reading level. Visit for login information, parent letters and video tutorials.
Help our students avoid the summer-learning slide with AISD’s five-book dive summer reading list. Questions about the program can be directed to or

Paul Cruz, Ph.D.