sponsored by Reading Rainbow
Because Literacy Is Essential!
We hear in the media that "traditional books are dead", or that "kids these days" don't read like they used to, but what we KNOW is that reading is as important-if not more so-as it ever has been… And our kids are falling behind.
1 in 4 kids in the U.S. will grow up illiterate.
The literacy gap shows up as early as 1st grade. Disadvantaged kids have half the vocabulary of kids who have books and are read to regularly. That's 2900 words versus 5800 words.
Kids who don't have basic literacy skills when they first enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out of school later on.
Just 15 minutes a day of independent reading results in more than a million words read each year.
Only half of preschool-aged children are read to daily.
If you give kids access to books, they use them. Kids who were given 10-20 children's book at the end of the school year not only retained their reading skills-they made reading gains!
Books belong in the classroom. In classrooms without a library in them, children read 50% less than when there are books ready and available.
By 5th grade, a good reader reads TEN TIMES as many words in a school year than a poor reader.
It's clear that we need to level the playing field. We need to teach kids not only how to read, but to love reading. And that's just what we're doing with SKYBRARY!
The best way to give kids a love of reading is to surround them with interesting things to read. For some families this means taking weekly or monthly trips to the public library. Some families are lucky enough to have the resources to build extensive home libraries, filled with books on a variety of subjects and covering a wide range of reading levels. But for many families, surrounding kids with books is easier said than done.
With SKYBRARY, kids will have access to hundreds of books about astronauts to zebras and everything in-between! In addition, just as with the classic Reading Rainbow TV show, SKYBRARY is filled with real-life video field trips to pique the interest of even the most reluctant reader, and inspire them to pick a book from one of our many themed islands to learn more!
We know how important it is for kids to become not just comfortable with books, but excited about them, SKYBRARY by Reading Rainbow gives kids the tools they need to be curious, interested, and eventually avid readers!
Try SKYBRARY with your child today!