Borrowing a book from the Library is a special treat that every child should experience. But having books of their own at home is equally important in the development of children's literacy. Don't believe me? There is math and science behind my claim that kids must be surrounded by good stuff to read at school and at home:
It is the love of reading that makes reading a pleasure. When it is a pleasure, time spent reading increases. As grandmother would have told you and current literacy research confirms, practice makes perfect in any endeavor, including reading.
So here is the formula:
lots of good stuff to read = reading enjoyment = voluntary reading
= higher academic achievement in all subject areas = higher test scores
The key to all of this math and chemistry on the topic of reading? Access to good books that are fun to read - at school and at home. So spread the word that the RDMS Book Fair is coming to the Library the week of February 13. Once again, our book fair partner, the wonderful independent children's bookseller Books, Bytes & Beyond of Glen Rock, is supplying us with the goods.
Buy a kid a book and make our world a smarter and happier place.