The Reading Genie Bruce Murray, College of Education

Could Your Child Use a Boost in Reading This Summer?

Places are still available!

AU Summer Reading Tutoring may be the answer.

The Auburn University Reading Center offers individualized Summer Reading Tutoring during June and July for children who are not yet reading accurately and fluently. Summer 2018 will be the 20th year for the program. The program begins June 6 and concludes July 16. Tutoring will be from 8:00-8:45 AM Monday and Wednesday mornings.

The Early Childhood Education program will bring a group of about 12 tutors to the program this summer. That means we will have about 12 opportunities for primary-grade children to get extra help in reading his summer.


Summer Reading Tutoring is designed for young children in grades K-2 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 expect all participants to improve their decoding ability, reading fluency, comprehension, and enjoyment of reading through participation in the Summer Reading Tutoring. 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 assess reading 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, “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your reading program. It is probably the best reading program I have ever experienced! I am a former first grade teacher and always looking for different ideas to share with my own children. I love the idea of your program being so individualized. I feel like every child was ‘coached’ on his/her ability level and not just grade level.”


Summer Reading Tutoring features twelve 45-minute tutorial sessions. The program runs Mondays and Wednesdays from June 4 until July 16. Sessions will be scheduled from 8:00-8:45 AM. 


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 completed kindergarten through second grade and who have had difficulties in learning to read accurately and fluently. 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: Summer Reading Tutoring 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 Auburn University Summer Tutoring.

Parents looking for enrichment this summer and for productive reading and language practice might consider having their children participate in voluntary reading and discussion activities at the Auburn Public Library this summer. See for some of the exciting activities they have planned. Summer Reading Tutoring is not a language or reading enrichment program; it is designed for children who have struggled in learning to read.

Address for applications: Dr. Bruce Murray
5040 Haley Center
Auburn AL 36849
Applications may also be sent by e-mail attachment to

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

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

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

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Last modified: May 21, 2018