Antoine Lunsford, a generous supporter to Up With Books, is featured on the cover of Writer's Life Magazine this month. Mr. Lunsford is an elementary school educator and author. He is the author of the Little Andy's World Series, including Little Andy: The Greatest Recess Monitor Ever and Oh No, There's a Bully in Our School! Each book strives to provide children with quality literature with great story lines, cool characters, and valuable lessons to be learned.
During the summer months, all children are at risk of losing some of the learning obtained during the school year. This is especially true for children from low-income families. Students who lose reading ability over the summer rarely catch up. Over time, the summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of 3 years of reading loss by the end of fifth grade.
Statistics from Reading is Fundamental. Please clickHERE for Literacy Facts & Stats orHEREfor more information on their programs.
Start thinking Summer!!
In the next few months we will be filling bags with books for children to read over the summer. Each bag provides a child with 5 new books, a coloring book and crayons, a small toy, and parent literacy information. Our Summer reading program is designed to enable at-risk students to have access to books during the summer months.
A lack of academic achievement is a key reason students drop out of high school. Those who do not have a high school diploma will earn less than those who do and significantly less than those with a college degree. In addition, 78% of juvenile crime is committed by high school dropouts. Two-thirds of prison inmates do not have a high school diploma. To break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, we need to keep children in school and encourage further education and to continue reading throughout their life.
At Up With Books, our goal is to engage the children in reading and build upon that to keep their reading levels at their grade levels. Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books get three years more schooling than children from homes without books. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to books. Creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months.
Thank you to First Book and Dollar Days for your support in our program. We currently have funding to fill 300 summer book bags!
Visit our website for more information on how you can join us in providing this opportunity to more children.