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Sunday, July 20, 2014

July Family Book Review and the Importance of Summer Reading

The summer slide--heard of it? I'm sure you have as I have seen it mentioned all over the place in regards to school ending, summer starting, and kids falling out of their routines and learning opportunities that are more prevalent when school is in session. Hopefully you haven't let the summer slide happen at your house this summer! With so many fun things to do around Louisville -- see our Summer Fun Links -- you and your family have been busy!

I've had the privilege of being granted this really neat book to review for Louisville Family Fun. We have some to give away as well to some lucky readers! It's called A Simple Idea to Empower Kids written by Kathleen Boucher (KSB Promotions). There are three secrets in the book that the author wants to share with the readers, children. 1. You are a very special person exactly as you are right now. 2. The second greatest force on Earth is the power to choose. 3. Believe you can do it. The author writes a very special message to her readers that inspires them to be themselves, let hurtful words or actions roll off, choose their own thoughts and how they want to be in the world, and believe in themselves. This is a great story with a super strong encouragement to remind children to be these things. The author wanted her own children to be happy and confident, so she wrote down her message to share with children everywhere. Learn more at www.greatkids.me.

One last word about the importance of all that summer reading your kids (and hopefully you!) have been doing all summer long. Sure, the prizes are great, but as a children's librarian I love sharing with parents and kids the value of why we want them to read. According to Summer Reading First Facts from Scholastic.com, research shows "that kids who never crack a book during their summer break fall behind in reading while kids who do, maintain their reading skills and even excel. The best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books. And, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer."

As I love to say, Happy Reading and see you at the Library!

By guest contributor: Erin

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