How to Combat Summer Brain Drain Through Reading

(StatePoint) Brain drain is a common problem among students during the long summer months spent outside the classroom.

For an easier transition back to school in the fall, your family can use the summer to get kids -- and the entire family -- hooked on books. It may be simpler than it sounds, as reading to and with children at a young age has the potential to form a life-long habit. What’s more, experts say that personalized books can offer children a greater motivation to read while helping them to build certain skills more effectively.

“Personalized books are proving to be particularly well-suited material for engaging readers of all ages while building their vocabulary and improving reading proficiency,” says Dr. Natascha Crandall, a researcher and educational consultant for children’s media.

Indeed, research compiled by National Literacy Trust demonstrates that personalized books can help children perceive themselves as readers, boost vocabulary recall, improve reading comprehension and give children increased opportunities to see their gender, ethnicity and cultural background represented in literature.

For the summer months ahead, keep young minds active and engaged with the following personalized books for kids:

• Recommended for ages 0-8, “The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name” tells a story based on the letters of a child’s name, so a kid named Charlie might meet a chameleon, hippo, aardvark, robot, lobster, imp and elephant. The story is as unique as the child’s name.

• A personalized search-and-find extravaganza, “Where Are You…” includes fun challenges where children can explore alternate universes -- and spot different versions of themselves in the pages of the book. Recommended for ages 5 and up, and full of vibrant colors, characters and detail, kids will get lost in the illustrations for hours.

• Great bedtime reading can bring sweet dreams. Personalized from cover to cover, “Bedtime for You” is written in rhyme and each book is 9 inches by 9 inches – ideal for little hands

To learn more about personalized books and to create your own for your children, visit wonderbly.com.

“Parents play a pivotal role in building their children’s reading proficiency,” says Dr. Crandall. “The summer is the perfect time to provide children with the type of books that will foster a lifelong love of reading and give them a leg up in the classroom in the fall.”

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