Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you've heard about Lavar Burton's Kickstarter campaign to bring back the PBS show Reading Rainbow. It was a roaring success - he raised 5 million dollars!
Yesterday's Parade Magazine featured an interesting interview with Lavar. Among other things, he was asked about the importance of summer reading. I loved his answers...
Parade: Kids are out of school. But studies show that if they don't read during the break, they go back to class behind. What can parents do?
Lavar: There's a critical window where a child either becomes a reader or not -- for life. Between the ages of 7 and 9 is when that decision is made. Parents ask me, "How can I get my kid to read?" I say, "How much time do you spend reading in front of your kid? How many books do you have in your house? How often do you have an evening where you don't watch TV and it's family reading night?" Insist by example so your child gets that reading is an important aspect of life.
|My Summer Reading Lists|
Lavar's Top 10 Summer Reads:
1. George and Martha by James Marshall
2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
3. How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
4. Miss Martin is a Martian by Colleen Murray Fisher
5. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
7. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrew Beaty
8. There's an Alligator in My Bed by Mercer Mayer
9. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
10. The BFG by Roald Dahl