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Summer reading important for brain health

Cleburne Times-Review - 7/8/2019

Jul. 7--Whether you're reading novels, magazines or other material, learning something new can happen outside the classroom.

Cleburne Public Library officials are encouraging children and teenagers to continue to read this summer so they can exercise their brains for the following school year.

"Brain drain" is a common problem among students this time of year with them away from the classroom.

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

Officials with the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity based in London that promotes literacy, said 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 literate.

"Parents play a pivotal role in building their children's reading proficiency," Crandall said. "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."

To give them an easier transition back to school in the fall, Cleburne Children and Teen Librarian Susan Reyna encourages parents to read with their children so they don't fall victim to the "summer slide."

"However, more importantly, summer reading is fun," Reyna said. "It allows readers to explore new worlds, ideas and people without having to go anywhere. No matter the age, reading level or interest level, the Cleburne Public Library is sure to have something great to read.: chapter books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, board books, picture books and more."

Residents of all ages are participating in the library's 2019 Summer Reading Club, where they can take part in activities through the rest of the month.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the library will host family fun BINGO night where residents can play for prizes; Brett Roberts will show space magic at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; there will be a moving showing of "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command at 2 p.m. Wednesday with popcorn provided; and residents can kayak and paddle board at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Cleburne State Park.

With summer still in swing, NLT officials give the following personalized books children can read to keep their minds active and engaged:

--Recommended for ages zero to 8 years old: "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.


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