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Combat Summer Learning Loss: Back to School Reading


I’ll be honest, reading isn’t James’ most favorite thing to do but fortunately for me it’s required that he read during the summer. Our school district puts out a reading list each year for the kids and once they go back to school they usually have a book report due on whatever book they choose.  There are often rewards that go along with how many books you read, but I’m generally happy with him reading one or two.  Therefore when our summer starts we hit the back to school reading list and get picking out our favorites.


Since we donate our books to the school after were done, we generally try to find the best prices. Thrift Books had a few of James’ books this year including the one he is currently reading, Counting by 7s. It’s a pretty good book and he actually seems to be enjoying it. On Thriftbooks.com you can search by ISBM or by title or even by author. It’s the lowest priced used books we were able to find on the internet and they boast over 7 million books. We choose ours out by the honest and accurate grading system you find. You can even find some out-of-print and second-hand books as well. We got free shipping too because orders over $10 are shipped within 24 hours and without shipping charges.


 If we had found books in the bargain sections we would have saved even more:

  • 2 books for $7.00
  • 3 books for $10.00
  • 4 books for $12.00
  • each additional is $3.00

So why is back to school reading so important? According to a researchers  over the course of 100 years students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the exact same tests in the beginning of summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).  I guess the belief that you have to keep your brain sharp is particularly important for our kids.


Now, if you really think about it, how much do you read? If our kids lose that much over the course of the summer what do we stand to lose in our lifetime once we are out of school? My mother is an avid reader and she is a pretty intelligent woman. My grandmother read all her life and it was never unusual to find a book or two lying around her house. If Thrift Books were around when she was I’m sure she would have taken advantage of all the amazing features such as their Reading Rewards, a loyalty program with no annual fee that offers a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend on books. You can also earn with the Tell-a-Friend referral program that gives your friends & family a 15% OFF coupon, as a new customer. You also get one for referring them if they sign up within 14 days; unless you’re a Reading Rewards member. Then it’s 20%!  Here are a couple other great things you’ll find on Thrift Books:

Wish List – our Wish List will email you the instant an out-of-print book you want comes onto our shelves. We also show you how often we get copies of the title you want and how many other Thrift Books customers are interested in the same title.

We’re a Google Trusted Store and our Trustpilot customer satisfaction ranking is 4.9/5

If you are an avid reader, be sure to check out Thrift Books. I even picked up a steal on a VC Andrews book for under $4!  We found a Diabetes Cookbook too for under $9 that we plan on utilizing to help our family eat healthier! You can find lots of great books on the site, what are some of your favorites?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    I am going to try them. Sounds like something we should all check out.

  2. I am an avid reader as most people already know–and I always have been. I have heard that there is required reading for kids in the summertime and I happen to think that for what ever reason they dream up it is still a great idea!

  3. I LOVE to read, but don’t seemingly have the time to do much these days! ThriftBooks looks really interesting and I will have to check it out further soon! What great bargains!

  4. I read all of the time! There are just too many books and too little time to read them in! I will be checking this site though!

  5. Having the kids to get interested in reading nowadays is becoming challenging due to the technology that is available to distract them or get much of their interest. It’s great to train them while they are young. ThriftBooks looks really interesting! Will follow the convo. Thanks!

  6. I never thought about how much we must lose once we’re out of school permanently. Makes sense though!

  7. I love to read and I am so thankful that my kids love to read, too. I will have to check Thrift Books.

  8. Thrift Books sounds awesome! What a great resource for families and schools. I like the idea of a book report due when they return to school. I think its great and keeps their head in the game.

  9. This sounds like a great new place to start getting my books from. I’ll definitely have to do some browsing!

  10. I used to read so much more as a kid. I’m trying to read more now – doing ebooks has really helped us so we always have a book with us on our phones etc, but nothing beats a physical book.

  11. Definitely have to keep the brains working year round! We try to do family reading, but sometimes we fall behind – always good to keep those pages turning!

  12. I’m all for reading and keeping skills strong throughout the summer, but I honestly hate the idea of kids being forced to read things the school decides. In too many cases, it turns kids the other way. They hate reading because the school recommends uninteresting books. If they let them read what they wanted, they’d actually find it enjoyable instead of a chore. I hope your son got a good one!

  13. To be honest, my kids didn’t read at all during the summer. As much as I wanted them to, they needed a break from school.

  14. We always encouraged our girls to read over the summer to keep their skills up. Our local library also had a summer reading club that made it fun for the kids.

  15. CourtneyLynne says

    Thankfully my daughter is on a total reading kick this summer. She actually begs to read. Now only if she could stay this way forever lol…. A mom can only dream right?!?! Lol

  16. What a great resource for books. You cannot beat those prices. My son loves to read but my wallet can’t keep up. This will help!

  17. Thriftbooks.com sounds like a great site! That survey statistic you mentioned is very interesting. Growing up, I used to love reading books. My mom will take us to the library and we’d pack basketfusl. Oh to be young again and have the time to read leisurely!

  18. Will check them out. Hope I can find some books that are good for me and the kids.

  19. My son has been doing a lot of reading lately. Therefore, I will definitely have to check out that web-site!