Launching Book-Rich Environments

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The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), the National Book Foundation (NBF), the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are joining forces to transform the nation’s public housing authorities (PHAs) into book-rich environments.

The Book Rich Environments (BRE) Initiative is a collaboration aimed to transform Public Housing Agencies (PHA) into book rich environments by bringing diverse, high quality books and other literacy tools into the hands of children and families living in HUD-assisted housing to improve literacy outcomes and ensure all young people, regardless of background, have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Families and community organizations can find more information about learning through-out the summer from some of these BRE partners and supporting organizations.

From Urban Libraries Council (ULC) – tips for local libraries:

         Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities

         Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun

From Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR):

         Summer Learning Loss Facts and Figures

From National Summer Learning Association (NSLA):

         Tips for Parents

         Tips to Help You Plan for Summer Learning

         Summer Opportunity Action Toolkit

         National Summer Learning Day Resources for Communities

         Summer Slide Infographic

From National Center for Families Learning (NCFL):

         Camp Wonderopolis


Don’t fall down the summer slide

The long lazy days of summer – a welcome break from the regular school routine, but also the time when many students slip down the “summer slide.”  During the months out of school, students forget all about Langston Hughes and the Pythagorean theorem, and it takes them some time to regain what they lost when they return to school in the fall. Many children lose up to two to three months of reading and math skills, most significantly in spelling and math computation.  What measures can families take to keep children learning in the summer? Here’s a few ideas.

Read with your child – talk about the characters,  story, and any words they don’t know.

Model good reading habits – let your children see you reading everyday, everywhere.

Find books that serve as “mirrors” and “windows.” Check online lists like Firstbook’s blog.

Explore free or low-cost family activities in your neighborhood.

Don’t forget math and science!  Find opportunities and examples in everyday life.

Visit your local library.  Get your library card and check out the activities that are available.

As community members – think about what you can do through your organization to make learning resources available to the children in your neighborhood.

Summer’s not a dream vacation for everybody, but with plans and effort, it can be an opportunity for all children to stay off the “summer slide.”

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Read, read, read! Learning happens during the summer, too. So, make every child’s environments during their summer vacation both fun AND Book-Rich’! Book-rich IS fun!


Published by JaDonnia B.

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnership between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I also tell truths rarely explored. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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