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May 2016 eNewsletter

Why is Summer Reading Important?

Summertime is a fun and exciting time for students filled with outdoor activities and sports. But each year some students fall behind other classmates due to summer reading loss. Oftentimes, families get too busy and forget to include reading into their busy schedules or children may not even have access to books.

Research shows that summer reading loss is cumulative over time. As some students struggle, others move ahead with their skills, creating a wider gap each year. By middle school, children who lose reading skills over the summer lag behind their classmates by two years.

Kids Enjoying Summer Reading

Students who read regularly receive higher tests scores compared to those who do not. Choosing their own reading materials is an important factor in motivating readers, especially those who are struggling. Children and teens are more likely to read when it is something that interests them. Independent reading is essential for students to become better at reading, spelling, and writing. Reading just 4-5 books during the summer may prevent a child from experiencing a reading lapse and help them perform at higher levels next school year.

Participation in summer reading programs at public libraries is an excellent solution to reading loss. Summer reading programs give students access to books, keep students engaged with reading, encourage self-selection of reading materials, promote independent reading, boost student performance, and can develop lifelong readers. Children also benefit academically from other activities at the public library. By encouraging reading, whether it is at home or at the public library, you can help increase the odds that students will choose to read over the summer.

Boy Enjoying Reading Outside

What You Can Do to Help

  • Encourage students to read at least 15-30 minutes every day or a minimum of 4-5 books during their summer break.
  • Motivate them to read anything at their reading level that interests them; whether it is comics, magazines, graphic novels, recipes, etc.
  • Before the school year is over, take a field trip to the public library to ensure every student has a library card. Ask the public librarian to speak to the kids about upcoming summer reading programs and activities they can join.
  • Distribute older or low circulation books for students to take home. Giving students books to take home increases the chances of reading over the summer.
  • Provide students a summer reading log to take home. For K-6: Click here. For 7-12: Click here.
  • Print out this letter to send home to the parents and caregivers to remind them the importance of summer reading.

 

Sources

Strauss, Valerie. "How to Prevent Summer Reading Loss". Washington Post. The Washington Post, 7 June 2011.

Evers, Tony. "Why Public Library Summer Reading Programs Are Important". Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, n.d. Web. 2 March 2015.


 

March 2016 eNewsletter

Welcome to Our Newest Publisher - Purple Toad

Colorful and engaging non-fiction for Pre-K to Intermediate grades.

 

New Publisher - Purple Toad

 


 

January 2016 eNewsletter

10 Benefits of The Every Student Succeeds Act

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to develop digital literacy skills and improve academic achievement.
  2. Expand flexibility for districts to offer all their students a well-rounded education and invest in learning technologies and open educational resources.
  3. Provide dedicated funding to promote literacy programs in low income communities.
  4. Provide funds for states and school districts to increase academic development by improving teacher and principal quality.
  5. Ensure states set high academic standards that prepare students for success in college and careers.
  6. Ensure accountability by guaranteeing that when students fall behind, states redirect resources into what works to help them and their schools improve.
  7. Empower state and local decision-makers to develop their own strong systems for school improvement based on evidence.
  8. Provide more children access to high-quality, state-funded preschool.
  9. Expand support for high-performing public charter schools for high-needs students.
  10. Includes a new literacy program (LEARN) to help improve student academic achievement in reading and writing.

Sources: Whitehouse.gov and The American Library Association Website

 


 

Celebrating a Great 40 Years

Reflecting back on 2015, it was a great, fun year celebrating our 40th birthday. We must say that things have really changed within that 40 years.

Gumdrop Makes a Start

In the 70's, the illustrations of a book were minimal; colors were usually black and white or very faint. A very popular series for us was by Val Biro, about Mr. Oldcastle and his vintage car, Gumdrop. Yes, we are partial to the name and the fun series too. Printed encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference products were very popular as well. Believe it or not, our office operations functioned with rotary telephones and typewriters and our dress fashion was polyester. There were no computers when our business started in the 70’s.

Clara Joins the Circus

In the 80's, our collection began to grow with additional offerings from various publishers. Our products continued to improve with more color added to the text and more detailed images. Clara Joins the Circus was a popular title for us. Also, we began printing our own catalog cards on a memory typewriter. That was a great invention!

Secrets of the Pyramids

The 90's brought more creativity with our authors. The series Choose Your Own Adventure was a really big hit. What a great idea, you could choose which way you want to end your story! Extended activities included writing your own endings which encourages young readers to explore writing. Also in the 90’s, one huge computer was used to record the transactions within our office and fax machines were used frequently.

The Louvre

The turn of the millennium definitely brought new opportunities with the fast advancing of technology and the internet. Our offering today is filled with amazing photos and graphics, interactive elements like internet links, and eBooks to read on a variety of devices. Our office is filled with cell phones, desktop and laptop computers, and with the internet, we can communicate across the world in a matter of seconds. Deliveries can happen very quickly with electronic transmission of an order, shipping from our state of the art warehouse with express delivery. Your MARC records can be received promptly via e-mail. Wow! It is unbelievable the changes over 40 years.

Lastly, the most important factor of all, our 40 years could not have been possible without great customers like you! Thank you again for 40 great years and we look forward to providing you with Exceptional Services, Unconditionally Guaranteed for many more years to come.

 


 

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