Summer Reading Programs Improve Student Learning!

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Posted: 6/2/2006; 3:39:51 PM
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Studies have shown that, without a doubt, summer reading programs help students to do better in school. Stephen Krashen, in The Power of Reading, talks about these facts:

  • Children read more when they see other people reading.
  • The longer free, voluntary reading is done the greater the academic improvement
  • People who read more, write and spell better.
  • Outstanding high school writers reported extensive summer reading.
  • If children read one million words a year, at least one thousand words will be added to their vocabulary. (One study found this could easily be accomplished by letting children and teens read any format reading material they wanted, including comic books and teen romances.)

Great News Kern County Parents!

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a new book and read. There are a number of reading programs for your children this summer, both locally and on-line. Check out what’s available and you might find a program that will work for you and your children.

The Kern County Museum Presents…Book Blast!

bookblasticon: Book Blast Icon

A family festival centered around books and literacy sponsored by the Kern Reading Association. Students presenting completed reading logs at the gate can get their whole family into the Museum for a variety of summer activities. Book Blast features costumed readers and characters like Clifford and Little Critter, arts and crafts, clowns, magicians and plenty of fun. Children can earn tickets for each story heard. The tickets are good for great prize drawings. Come as your favorite book character and get an extra chance to win a prize. Admission is FREE from 10-12. Some refreshments will be available at no charge; others available at a minimal charge.

Event Date: Saturday, July 14, 2007
Hours: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Call 661-852–5000 to find out where to get your free reading log and begin your summer reading adventure.

The Kern County Library is sponsoring a summer reading program program: Get a Clue @ Your Library!


  • A child reads 10 Books
  • A parent records the child’s reading on a Get a Clue Reading Record
  • The signed reading record is returned to the library by Saturday, July 28, 2007 and the child receives a free paperback book provided by the Friends of Kern County Library.

Many of the library branches are also having other fun-filled programs of their own this summer. The Beale Branch, for example is sponsoring Family Fun Nights that will include guest readers, comedians and singers that the entire family will enjoy. For more information on the activities of the Kern County Library Branch nearest you, go to: .

Also enjoy Dial a Story (868-0794) or En Español (868-0798).

Target Stores and Reading is Fundamental present:

Reading Planet Grand Prix, in conjunction with the Scholastic Summer Reading Buzz.

This summer, RIF’s Riffington is competing in the Reading Planet Grand Prix. In order to get to the finish line, Riffington and his pit crew must read 200,000 books and log them into the Scholastic Reader Meter by September 3, 2007. Meet Riffington and learn how to join his pit crew at:

rcar: Kids can enter to win amazing prizes, including a family vacation to Orlando, FL from American Airlines and AA Vacations. They will also be reading for a good cause, because for every 4 books they read, Scholastic will donate 1 book to RIF, up to 50,000 books!
Kids just need to read, read, and read all summer long! After you read a book, feed Scholastic's Reader Meter by adding the book to your Scholastic Buzz Log.
On your mark...... Get set…… READ!

For more ideas on getting kids connected to reading this summer, visit these websites:

Family Education Network:
A note from State Superintendent of Instruction, Jack O’Connell about Summer Reading:
California State Department of Education’s list of literature for specific grade levels:

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