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Rosie says, “Don’t lose your reading skills over the summer… keep reading!”

Summer is a time for families to have fun, relax and enjoy time together away from the daily routine, but it’s also a time when school aged children can fall behind academically. Studies show that some students lose anywhere from one to three months of learning over the break. When reading skills are lost, children fall even further behind when they go back to school. If this pattern continues every summer, catching back up is often a daunting task that could have lifelong consequences. Research shows that reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is a part of initiatives including the Summer Learning Association and The National Campaign for Grade Level Reading to help raise awareness and highlight events to combat the ‘summer slide’. The Literacy Coalition will again celebrate summer learning by offering resources and assistance to families. The organization will be kicking off their ‘Sunsational Summer’ by celebrating both fun in the sun and literacy!

On Friday June 5th, families with children Grades K-5th grade are invited to a free event at the Blume Literacy Center in Boynton Beach from 6:00-8:00 PM. Children and their families will enjoy dinner and a reading of “The Day the Crayons Quit”, learn about ways to stay safe in the sun, experiment with UV light, and take home a tote bag filled with an activity packet of fun summer learning resources, beach items and a copy of the book, “Rosie’s Song”. Registration for the event is required by calling 561-279-9103.

Rosie shouts whee

“Rosie’s Song” Review

Thanks to award-winning children’s book author, Amitha Knight (and her little monkeys), for their review of “Rosie’s Song”:

All in all, this was one of the best self-published picture books I’ve seen, and has a very kid-friendly vibe, with an eco-friendly (but not preachy) storyline that may help stimulate family discussions about pollution and the environment.”

You can read the full review here


St. Joe’s art exhibit

St. Joseph’s Episcopal School used “Rosie’s Song” as part of a class lesson to create undersea artwork. They did a great job! Deb LaFogg and I then did a reading at a reception held at the Delray Beach Public Library. It resulted in a standing ovation from one young “Rosie” fan! Love that kid….

St. Joe Applause

A standing ovation from one young “Rosie’s Song” fan!

St.Joe reading youngfan