Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Reading Resources Abound!

Study Proves the Value of Summer Reading Programs
Teachers and librarians agree that young people who read throughout the summer months fare much better when school doors reopen in the fall. A study published by Dominican University last year proved the effectiveness of summer reading programs offered by local libraries. According to Dr. Susan Roman, dean of Dominican University’s GSLIS and the project administrator for the study, “This study definitively shows that summer reading programs play a significant role in preventing summer reading loss and that public libraries provide an important bridge between academic years. Based on the study’s findings, it is also clear that investing more resources in summer reading programs especially in economically depressed areas can contribute to closing the achievement gap that is plaguing our country.”

Beef Up Kids' Required Reading with Themed Lists Aimed at Their Interests
For parents and guardians who are looking beyond their child's required list of reading, the summer reading program offered at your local library is a great place to start. Be sure to talk to the librarian in the children's room or teen department to find out what's hot with kids this summer and to get tips on how to keep your kids reading. Librarians are also excellent resources for parents who need advice on helping struggling readers and  reluctant readers.

Also be sure to check out the following themed reading resources offered by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and other literacy and literature organizations:

For a digital reading adventure, share the electronic pages of some fabulous Classic Books on Read.Gov, such as The Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Secret Garden, all of which feature the complete texts and illustrations of the originals.

A treasure trove of adventure awaits readers of all ages in these books of yesteryear. The class book lists are organized into the following age groups: kids,  teens, and adults. Adults won't want to miss "A Few Tales of the Rail" and "Masquerades, Tableaux and Drills."