Dear Parents

You have a very important part in completing our summer reading challenge with The Family Book Club!

This packet explains the Family Book Club, an incredibly important part of the summer reading challenge that includes you, your family, and the Power of Reading Together.

The Family Book Club

The Power of Reading Together: An important part of the Lower School Summer Reading Challenge.

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Introducing The Family Book Club:

  • The Family Book Club is when all members of your family gather to read and share the
    selected books together.
  • Book selections for The Family Book Club have been made with multiple ages in mind,
    so it doesn’t matter the ages or grades of children in the family.
  • Parents make time to read to their children and families discuss the books together.

How The Family Book Club works in our LS summer reading challenge:

  • Everyone in LS reads both Family Book Club titles listed in the summer reading packet.
  • Make time to read these books with ALL members of your family together – pets too!
  • Talk about the books with each other:
    • What did you like? What surprised you? How did you feel when ___________?
    • Why do you think _________ happened? What would you do if that was you?
    • What was your favorite part? Who was your favorite character?
  • Help your child answer the question about The Family Book Club in their booklet AND
    take a picture for our Wall of Fame showing your family reading a book from your child’s
    assigned summer reading list!

Why we have The Family Book Club:

  • This gives all of us a common reading experience, which strengthens our LS community.
  • Shared reading experiences have been shown to have incredibly positive impacts on
    parents and children – a perfect reason to add it to the LS summer reading experience.

The Power of Reading Together – Research Results

There is incredible power in parents and children reading together.

  • “Reading to children strengthens the emotional bonds between the adult reader and the child, providing those positive parent-child connections essential to a child’s psychological health and academic growth.” (http://readtothem.org/why/overview)
  • “Family literacy is a critical piece of the puzzle in helping children become readers.” (Gary Anderson, program director and founder of Read to Them

This powerful connection is not just something that matters when children are younger, but also matters as children reach the upper grades of school as well.

  • Nearly one in four parents of children ages 6–17 (23%) stopped reading aloud to their children before age 9, most often citing reasons related to their child reading independently. Yet many children ages 6–11 (40%) did not want their parents to stop reading aloud to them. (Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition)

Statistics show how reading aloud with a parent positively impacts student success.

  • “Reading aloud sharpens the imagination, creates healthy dialogue, and engenders in children a love of reading. Children who learn to listen eventually learn to read, and literacy skills providethe basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.” (http://readtothem.org/why/overview)

Reading experiences strengthen the connection between parents and children.

  • When it comes to being read aloud to at home, more than eight in 10 children (83%) across age groups say that love(d) or like(d) it a lot—the main reason being it was a special time with parents. (Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition)

Reading printed books for pleasure is still important to children and youth of all ages

  • Half of all children ages 6-17 (51%) are currently reading a book for fun, and another one in five (20%) just finished one and nearly two out of three children (65%) agree that they will always want to read books in print even through there are ebooks available. (Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition)

The Power of Reading Together – More Resources

ONLINE RESOURCES:

 BOOKS TO READ:

  • Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease