Fact: It is estimated that the "Summer Slide" accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle- and upper-income peers. (Why Summer Matters in the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap, Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Frazen, August 2009.)
Don’t let your child slide behind his or her peers this summer. All it takes to keep up is to read 4 books before the start of the next school year. Inspire your green-minded child with these books and activities.
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen: This Newbery Honor-winning story of the endangered burrowing owls is really based on the author’s Florida childhood. Discover more about the author, and download printable posters on the Hoot Activities site.
More Environmental Reads: If you child has read and liked Hoot, here are other fiction and non-fiction books to try.
Save the Planet Message Board: Kids can talk about the issues facing our environment on our safe, pre-moderated Message Board.
Kids who log their minutes in the Scholastic Summer Challenge from 6/1 – 6/30 will be entered in the sweepstakes for a chance to win The 39 Clues Backpack packed with all the books from both series 1, The Clue Hunt, and series 2, Cahills vs. Vespers. Kids can find out more about the books and read sample excerpts here.