Why is it important for your child to keep reading over the summer? Well, beyond the fact they have been working hard for the last 10 months at school, studies have shown that those students who stop reading over the summer will start the next year well behind their peers that keep reading over the summer months; this is called summer learning loss. Not only that, but that loss will be cumulative, giving the child who keeps reading each summer a distinct advantage over the child who doesn’t read, meaning that by sixth grade the child who doesn’t read will be as much as two grades behind the child who does. This makes the “Library Habit” a great one for the summer. While Summer Learning Loss affects all non-reading children, it is seen most profoundly in children in lower socio-economic backgrounds, as shown in this video, posted by the American Library Association.
The TD Summer Reading Club is open to all children in Calgary, who can keep track of either the time they spend reading or the books that they read on a passport or activity booklet. The SRC's official Kick-Off date is Saturday, June 15th, (with scavenger hunts held at every branch!) This is a program designed to keep children reading all summer – with weekly ballots and prize drawings at every branch, and a grand prize draw to be done at the end of the summer.
This year's theme is Go! How can you participate? Go! to the Library! Think about where you've Gone!, where you would you like to Go! and let staff at your local Library find you and your child some great books to read to, listen to, or just let your imagination do the work while the library helps you Go! wherever you want this summer with the TD Summer Reading Club. Here are a few suggestions to get you started (don't forget to check for electronic resources, too.)