Notice: We no longer have a summer cohort of Education majors to teach in the Summer Reading Program. Most graduate students now work away from campus. As a result, the Summer Reading Program will not be held until further notice.

There will be valuable reading and discussion activities at the Auburn Public Library this summer. See for some of the exciting activities they have planned.


There is a commercial program offered through the university that I do not recommend. Though they call themselves "Auburn University Summer Reading Program," they are sponsored by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education, and taught by the Institute of Reading Development in Novato, California. You may have gotten a $30 discount offer from this group. They offer little information about the program, and parents who invested in the program thought it was a waste of money. 

Could Your Child Use a Boost in Reading This Summer?

The 2015 AU Summer Reading Program may be the answer.

The Auburn University Reading Center offers an individualized Summer Reading Program during June and July for children who are not yet reading accurately and fluently. Summer 2015 will be the 19th year for the program.

The Summer Reading Program is designed for children struggling with decoding, fluency, or comprehension. It is not an enrichment program for fluent readers or an English program for speakers of other languages. We hope to recruit graduate students to work with  struggling readers who have completed grades K-6. We expect all participants to improve their decoding ability, reading fluency, comprehension, and enjoyment of reading through participation in the Summer Reading Program. Dr. Bruce Murray, associate professor of Reading Education, supervises instruction.

The Summer Reading Program features individually designed lessons with explicit instruction in decoding, fluency, and comprehension as well as plenty of meaningful reading and writing. Tutors monitor progress closely during each session and give special tests during the first and last sessions to measure reading gains. After the program, tutors compose a report for parents about each child's current progress in reading, with recommendations for each student.

One parent wrote, "We were very pleased with the Summer Reading Program. Michael really prospered from the experience. A special thank you to Allison [Michael's tutor]. She was so kind to Michael. She also wrote Michael and us a lovely note. We certainly would recommend this program to a friend, as well as enroll our children again."

The Summer Reading Program features twelve 45-minute tutorial sessions.  The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 4 until July 14. Sessions will be scheduled at 8:00 or 8:45 AM. Tutors will contact parents at the beginning of June to confirm specific lesson times.

The cost of the complete program is $80.00, with fee to be paid on acceptance to the program. Priority will be given to children experiencing reading difficulties who have finished kindergarten through fifth grade who have experienced difficulties in learning to read. Priority will be given to children who can attend the entire 12-session program. Interested parents or caretakers may follow the link below for an application form, or call (334) 844-6934, or write to Dr. Bruce Murray, Summer Reading Program, 5040 Haley Center, Auburn University AL 36849.

Special note to parents: The Summer Reading Program is NOT the commercial program sold by and advertised under the logo of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Auburn University. Furthermore, the "$30 discount coupon" applies only to their commercial program, and it is not valid for tuition to the Auburn University Summer Reading Program.

Click here to read a letter from Addison, a student in our 2005 Summer Reading Program.

Click here for an application for the 2015 Auburn University Summer Reading Program (html)

Click here for the application in Microsoft Word (docx).

Click here for the application as an Adobe Acrobat file (pdf).

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