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For Parents

Did you know that children can lose up to three months of grade equivalency during the summer months away from school?  There’s one simple thing that you can do to help your children avoid summer learning loss—have them read over the summer.  Enrolling your children in your local public library’s Summer Reading Program is a fun way to encourage and reward them for reading.  In 2011 public libraries across the state will be participating in the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program by offering programs and prizes for children who read during the summer.  Check KDLA’s KY Library Directory to find a library near you.

If your library does not have a reading program for children during the summer, it’s easy to set up your own reading program at home. 

  1. Download one of the reading logs below or create your own.  Put the reading log on the refrigerator where the whole family will see it. 
  2. Decide on a goal.  Take your child’s reading level and input into account.  Many libraries set their readers’ goals at 15 hours or 5 books. 
  3. Decide on a reward.  It could be as simple as a family movie night (Kid’s Choice!) and pizza or a visit to an amusement park at the end of the summer. 
  4. Take your child to the library to select books.  Your local children’s librarian will be a great resource in helping you match your child with books that they will enjoy.  You can also use Find a Book Kentucky to help find a book on your child’s Lexile level.  Let your child choose books that are fun and age-appropriate, summer reading is also a time to allow children to discover a love of reading by exploring their own interests.

 

Sample Summer Reading Logs

Time Log

Registro del Tiempo de Lectura

 

Sample Finishers Certificates

Reading Certificate

Certificado de Lectura