As a bookworm, I’m convinced that all books hold a degree of magic. When I allow myself to delve into the fictional world created by an imaginative author, it allows me to see life through different eyes. When I pick up an informative book, I grow excited as I learn new things.
Did you know that according to The Children’s Literacy Foundation’s website that, “68% of America’s fourth graders do not read at a proficient level? How about the fact that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school?” They also point out that studies show that when kids read more often for fun, they have a better chance of becoming strong readers.
The National Center for Education Statistics (a division of the U.S. Department of Education) says
Children who are read to often are more likely to:
- count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
- write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
- and much more (see link below)
In all fairness, when I looked at the dates that these statistics were gathered, they were not current. But I think if you are reading this, you will agree that books are important. It’s parents and other adults in children’s lives who can make the biggest difference. And the more good books that are discovered to share with our children, the better chance they will have to enjoy life and hopefully have a successful life.
Debbie Shakespeare Smith
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