It’s National Read a Book Day!

9/7/22

Come one, come all to join in on the fun for National Read a Book Day! We’re here to dive into what reading does for you, the best places to access reading material, and the resources you can find through Laurel Springs School.

Why is reading important?

Reading is an imperative source of growth for developing children, allowing them to strengthen memory, literacy, concentration, and communication. Consistent reading can also reduce stress levels, and aid in the development of creativity. Beyond the health benefits, reading is fun! It’s a wonderful way for your child to express themselves and set out on an adventure through the wonders of their imagination. There's really nothing like a good book.

“Reading 20 minutes a day builds vocabulary by 1.8 million words in a year, and children can learn from 4,000 to 12,000 words a year by reading. Reading makes us smarter, while providing relaxation, building empathy, and taking us to exciting places in the past and the future,” says Sarah Clancy, student engagement manager at Laurel Springs School.

Sources for finding affordable reading materials for children

Finding books for your student to read without putting a dent in your wallet is an easy task. Today, you have limitless resources available to you. Your local library is always an option, and many bookstores include discount sections. Thrift stores like Goodwill are also a perfect source for cheap reading material.

Brick-and-mortar and printed books options aside, you can find plenty of reading material for free online. There are plenty of classics you can find online for free. Use sites like Free Grade Readers (with parental guidance) for unlimited access to reading materials. Audiobooks are also a wonderful source to tap into for a younger child, allowing them to listen and learn at the push of a button.

Read with Laurel Springs School

Laurel Springs students can expand their horizons, taking time reading materials, attending events, and optimizing a mastery-based program of learning that caters to their every need.

Read aloud with your student. Starting September 6, K-2 students can join us for Book Nook Storytime. This weekly event takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11 am ET or 8 am PT. Each day, a student ambassador (middle or upper school student), employee, or teacher reads age-appropriate picture children's books to our youngest learners, discussing the book’s content and its message. Students in the United States and around the world connect to the power of reading and community, listening and learning together.

“I have several colleagues who read regularly and share that reading at Book Nook is the absolute bright spot of their work day. The energy shared among those young learners as they wiggle eagerly to wait for the story and gleefully engage in chat or unmuting to share their thoughts showcases our students at their best and provides such a boost to everyone involved. Experiencing this positive energy from our students while sharing a story reminds me of our "why" as a school and as educators,” says Clancy.

During the first week of March, Laurel Springs celebrates National Read Across America Week, hosted by the National Education Association. Laurel Springs offers a whole week of celebration in which students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading. This includes extra Book Nooks, a book character dress up day, reading Kahoots!, and craft making events.

Laurel Springs students can expand their horizons, taking time reading materials, attending events, and optimizing a mastery-based program of learning that caters to their every need.

On the horizon is also the Laurel Springs Book Fair. This wonderful event takes place in Barnes & Nobles stores from November 28, 2022 to December 5, 2022, and continues online at bn.com through December 10. Keep your eyes open for a voucher and/or online code in the fall, and be sure to mention Laurel Springs School’s book fair at the register.

Reading is a wonderful activity for children and adults alike, with countless benefits and opportunities to explore. We hope you will join us in celebrating the magic of reading today for National Read a Book Day. Time to open a new book.