We’re calling all kids to get off the computer, turn off the TV and sign up to read every day during the month of October. The first annual Smart Kids Read-A-Thon challenges kids to set aside time each day for reading beyond schoolwork, while supporting Smart Kids with LD’s work empowering parents of the estimated one in seven children with learning disabilities.
As Henry Winkler, the much-loved actor, director, and author of the Hank Zipzer children’s book series puts it, “Reading is like brain food—it makes you smarter!” Check out his invitation to join the Read-A-Thon on the website’s home page.
Each child’s reading goals are set individually with parents’ input, to ensure that the 50% of kids that have difficulty learning to read can get involved, whether they read alone, with a parent or use audio books. We want to be sure every child can get beyond the difficulties of reading for school and discover the joy to be found in books, while also helping other children by signing up friends and family as sponsors.
Everyone will have access to lists of books recommended by experts that are guaranteed to engage kids’ interest from elementary through high school—from Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” to the final volume in Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” series.
The money raised through the Read-A-Thon will support Smart Kids’ work promoting research-based reading instruction, that makes it possible for almost all children to learn to read. As Dr. Margie Gillis, the prominent reading expert and President of Literacy How notes, “Research has demonstrated that the more your child reads, the greater the effect not only on his vocabulary development and the store of information he can access, but also on the cognitive processes that promote academic success.”
Each child who participates in the Read-A-Thon will receive a Smart Kids with LD bookmark listing famous people with learning disabilities, and will also have the chance to win one of five autographed books from Henry Winkler’s Hank Zipzer series.
So join the Reading Revolution and register for the Read-A-Thon today—we start cracking the books on October 1st!