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Books Help Kids Beat the Summer Slide

If kids don’t read over the summer, they can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. We can help kids fight this “summer slide.”

At the Getting Kids Reading – More, Faster, Better panel discussion at BookExpo America today, Ruckus Media Group CEO Rick Richter shared some powerful data from First Book. The chart (embedded above) showed how reading over the summer can save a kid from the “summer slide.” Follow this link to help First Book fight summer slide:

when school’s out, kids from low-income families have a real problem on their hands. Unlike their more affluent peers, most of them don’t spend summer break at the library or reading books in the backseat on family trips. In fact, many of them won’t open a book until school starts up again. Those three months off take a disastrous toll. Experts call the effect “summer slide” and it erases months of hard-earned progress in school, lost ground that kids in need can’t afford. Books are the answer. Studies show that kids from low-income families who have access to books over the summer not only beat the summer slide, but make even greater gains than kids from wealthy and middle-class families.

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