Why every child should have access to books… And a giveaway!
By Alex on November 21st, 2011
Every Monday until December 5th, we’ll be posting our thoughts on one of the five key areas Scholastic’s new “Family and Community Engagement” (FACE) team is focusing on to help raise reading achievement: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, and mentoring. And each week we’re giving away books and resources to one winner’s school or charity of choice. Stop by each Monday to enter!
Research shows kids who grow up with books in their home do better in school. Research also shows that low income children have fewer books in their homes and schools and live farther from a public library. Kids need to have access to text if they want a fair shot at succeeding in life and climbing out of poverty.
Since reading is such an important tool for the 21st century and a determining factor in student success, Scholastic believes in getting books into the hands of all children at an early age. To show how strongly we believe in reading and access to books Scholastic created “The Reading Bill of Rights.” In the bill we state: WE BELIEVE every child should have access to books, magazines, newspapers, computers, e-readers, and text on phones. Whatever way you read, you will need to figure out what the facts are or what the story tells you. No matter how and where you get access to ideas, you will need the skills of reading to understand yourself and your world.
Children without access to books suffer academically in the summer months. We’ve seen many districts start addressing this by purchasing ‘Year-round’ and ‘Summer Take Home Book Packs.’ These books packs give kids access to print materials at home, giving children the opportunity to read after school and during the summer months. Having books available beyond school doors is a critical part in increasing reading achievement and academic achievement overall.
Lastly we talked to Gabrielle Miller, the Executive Director of Raising A Reader, and an advisor to our Scholastic FACE team. Raising A Reader believes that children need to be exposed to all text, digital and print. Hear what Gabrielle and Raising A Reader are doing to create life long readers:
What are you doing to promote reading / why having access to books is important to you?
GIVEAWAY: Tell us your ideas on how to promote reading / why having access to books is important to you by 11:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, November 27, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $500 worth of Student Take-Home Book Packs –1 winner receives (25) of the same 4-book take home packs. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read the official rules here (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)