Monday, December 6, 2021

Sign Your Kids Up for the Camp Big Read Contest

One of the most important things you can do for your kids over the summer is to boost their love of reading, and the Southlake Library is here to help with Camp Big Read!

The elementary Librarians for Carroll ISD are giving students an added incentive this year to sign up. The CISD elementary school with the most students to sign up for Camp Big Read will win a large trophy. The winning elementary school will have the school name engraved on a plate and get to display the trophy on their campus all year.

Youth Librarian Stacy Wells says, “Our main goal is to increase awareness about the importance of reading over the summer. To make it fun, we created a little competition between CISD elementary campuses. The large trophy will give the winning school some bragging rights, too!”

Parents may not be aware of ‘summer slide’. Lead Librarian for the Carroll ISD, Margo Rudder, says, “The ‘summer slide’ is a real thing. If students are not engaged in reading and learning over the summer, they can lose important skills.”

Here are some interesting statistics from Scholastic Books for parents and students.

  • Students who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests than students who do not read over the summer.
  • It’s estimated that the ‘summer slide’ accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and middle and upper income peers.
  • Having a reading role-model parent(s), or a large book collection at home, has a greater impact on kids’ reading frequency than does household income.
  • An overwhelming 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves.

If your student hasn’t signed up yet for Camp Big Read, hop on down to the Southlake Library and sign them up. The contest goes until August 11, 2017.

Which Carroll ISD campus will win the big trophy? We’ll find out August 11!