Summer’s the time to relax and read some good books
hether it be Harry Potter, here’s ally or Dr Seuss, reading should be an essential part of summer fun.
Over the holidays, parents and caregivers are being reminded to read regularly with children to help maintain school achievement levels.
This is part of the Auckland City Harbour News and airfax Media awareness campaign Have You Read ith Your Child Today that promotes the importance of this simple activity during the long New Zealand summer break.
Literacy experts warn of the summer learning effect, where research shows that if children do not keep up their reading during the biggest holiday of the year, they will slip back.
rey Lynn Library regulars Sally Buxton and son Harvey oodall enjoy stopping by for a reading session.
“ e’ve come to storytime since he was a toddler,” she says of Harvey, now aged seven. “ e know all the librarians.”
She says books were always around when she was a youngster and as part of a big family, her siblings read to her.
Harvey has added a few more books to his collection since Christmas. He was given a pop-up book, a D book and a car ma e book.
rey Lynn community library manager Claire Scott says parents often bring in their children to read and at
pm there is a big influx of kids coming in after school.
“Through the holidays there’s a lot more dads coming in,” she says.
Ms Scott says a free summer reading programme run by Auckland City Council has also been a success, with 50 kids signed up for the reading challenge at rey Lynn.
Literacy expert professor Stuart McNaughton says it is vital that good gains in literacy made during the year are maintained.
“ e’re looking at some decile one schools to find out the things that teachers and families can do to help their children continue to develop over the summer period.
“In some classes and schools the summer learning effect is minimal. e want to find out what already works and build that into practices in classrooms and homes across the board.”
He says it is great for children to have access to libraries and books at home.
ood literacy is strongly correlated with a greater likelihood of employment, higher pay when in work, good health and better basic skills for children.
The Have You Read ith Your Child Today campaign has been developed alongside the airfax irst Books scheme and the airfax Book Bank.
Reading whiz: Seven-year-old Harvey Goodall and mum Sally Buxton practise their reading skills in a quiet corner at the Grey Lynn library.