School's almost out for summer! While many of us have vacations planned with our families, or we may be looking forward to relaxing in the sun, don't forget to take some time to read.

Believe it or not, summer is a critical time for educational development. Richard Allington, a professor of education, says, "It is estimated that the summer slide accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers."

So how do we effectively prevent summer slide?

  • Visit the library, and pick "just right" books for your child. A "just right" book is one that is at your child's instructional level.
  • Encourage your child to participate in Willard Library's summer reading program. Children who read throughout the summer receive incentives.
  • Make sure your child reads at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Set a good example for your child. When they see you reading, they will want to read as well!
  • Read with your child, and explore different genres of writing such as poetry, biographies, or informational writing. Exposure to different genres helps your child build comprehension skills.
  • Access the TumbleBook Library and TumbleBook Cloud Junior through Willard Library's website. The read-along section has books for all reading levels, and it allows the child to see, read, and hear the words at the same time.

Use these tips to prevent summer slide. Don't hesitate to contact Willard Library if you would like more information about our summer reading programs.

Tynisha is currently reading "Internment" by Samira Ahmed.