How to keep
By Jo Perry
KIDS CHEER WHEN THE last day of school
arrives, but parents worry that reading skills
kids have built over the academic year will be
lost over the summer. Researchers report that
the loss is especially severe for kids for whom
reading is difficult. They suggest that by the
time a struggling reader reaches middle
school, summer reading losses will have accu-
mulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement. The same research offers good news,
too: If kids read four to six books during the
summer, their reading skills will be retained
and even strengthened.
But how do you get kids to read? A
mother I know came up with a surefire way
to discourage reading when she paid her
daughter a few cents per page to finish a
book. Connect reading to work and it
becomes drudgery to be avoided. Connect
reading to the freedom and fun of play and it
becomes a pleasure.
Ilene Abramson, children’s services coordinator for the Los Angeles Public Library
system, has spent 35 years thinking up ways
to get kids of all ages and backgrounds to
read. Above all she urges parents to “equate
books with entertainment.” Abramson urges
parents of very young children to make books
“a part of regular playtime” and suggests
exploring the stories, themes or characters
with craft activities and puppets.
Abramson observes that even unenthusiastic readers can enjoy books when parents
bring reading into everyday life. She suggests
asking children to help you cook so they can
read the recipes, and reading and discussing
DEADLY FORCE IS
BEHIND THE FRONT.
In a follow-up to her
riveting bestseller At
Risk, Patricia Cornwell
unleashes one of the
best crime thrillers
of her career. D. A.
Monique Lamont sends
Massachusetts investigator Win Garano
into a small town on a mission—but he
comes up against a band of unruly police
o cers in The Front (Berkley).
IN THE DEEP, NO ONE
CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
The heroes of NUMA return in Medusa
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons). Kurt Austin and Joe
Zavala must crack a global case that leads
to the discovery of a deadly pathogen—a
virus that could cause worldwide
devastation and millions of deaths. There
are those who will kill anyone who stands
in their way in their quest to get the virus,
and only Austin and Zavala and the rest
of the NUMA Special Assignments Team
can stop them in time. Clive Cussler
Medusa is their
and intense thrill
A ONE T WO PUNCH.
A young, frightened girl reaches out
to the only
FBI agent she
has seen only
on TV. That
man is Dillon
to protect H ardcover
from falling prey to a savage, brutal
monster in Knock Out (G. P. Putnam’s
Sons). Unfortunately, the monster in
question will stop at nothing to get her
before she reveals the evil crimes he
has committed. Savich and Sherlock
join forces with local sheri Ethan
Merriweather to protect her—but even
that may not be enough.
available June 2
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