Growing Readers, One Book Fair at a Time

By Deb Freed
Book Fair Chair and Parent ’28

Research consistently shows strong correlation to reading & academic success at all ages” – National Center for Educational Statistics

scholastic-bookfairReading just 20 minutes a day exposes a child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a strong vocabulary, and as an added bonus, students who read for fun average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history.

By allowing kids to choose their own books, we encourage them to practice more. Helping students create and grow reading habits, is one of our most important jobs as parents, caregivers and educators. The blueprint for growing readers really isn’t that complicated. First, give students access to many, many books. Then allow them to choose the titles that interest them. And then, let them read.

Encouraging your child to read books for fun has never been easier. One easy way…. Attend our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Allow your child to choose the books they want to read! There’s a wonderful selection of books for every reading level, adults too!

Your support of the Scholastic Book Fair helps YCDS – 65% of the revenue from the Book Fair is provided to YCDS for use to shop from thousands of educational items and resources in the Scholastic Dollars Catalog. From books and bookcases to floor rugs and chairs. It is an easy way to support our school and our children’s future.

When you visit the fair, please consider donating $1 or loose change to All for Books. Not only does 100% of your donation stay with YCDS in the form of Books for the Middle and Upper School lending library, but Scholastic Books matches 100% of every donation, up to $1 million in books, received through the program and distributes them to children in need through organizations such as Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.

Books open new and exciting worlds for our children and ourselves. Reading changes lives. Reading is not only the foundation of learning, it is critical to the development of a curious and empathetic mind. Join us this October 4th and 5th and help support our school, our community and our children.