Dear NCA Parents,
“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.” ~ William James
Reading over the summer really does make a difference! Research shows that independent reading for pleasure has numerous benefits. Besides academic and cognitive growth, reading for pleasure also helps children develop empathy and decision making, as well as building their understanding of cultures and perspectives. Studies also show that students can experience a decline in literacy skills during the summer if they do not continue to read on a regular basis.
We invite you to partner with us in encouraging your child(ren) to read during the summer. Visit your community library or NCA’s library (see schedule) and help your child find books they want to read. For younger children, let them choose the books that you read to them. We would also encourage you to spend time talking about the books your child chooses to read. Ask about the main characters, the conflicts, which character they relate to, their favorite part, and so on.
Reading for pleasure has benefits that go beyond the academic. By giving children choices about what they want to read, a lifelong reader is created. If your child is looking for some suggestions, we have some lists of suggestions on our Summer Reading Challenge page of the Northshore website.
We wish you a happy and restful summer, full of many good books!