Read On AZ announces new summer reading program - Tucson News Now

Read On AZ announces new summer reading program

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new summer reading program hopes to help students overcome the 'summer slide', when they seem to lose what they have learned during the school year. 

ReadOn Arizona in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education will provide unlimited access to a digital library for children three years of age and up. 

Beginning April 14 and continuing until Sept. 30, students will have access to thousands of digital books that will be available to read on any digital format - computers, tablets and other devices.  Books will be available both online and offline during this time period, there is no limit to how many times a student may check out a book, or how many people are reading the same book at the same time.

"Reading over the summer is an important step in building vocabulary. By giving children access to books that capture their interests, children are likely to keep reading and ultimately decrease ‘summer slide'," said Arizona Literacy Director for Read On Arizona Terri Clark, in the same release. "Families should encourage a child to read independently or with a family member during the summer. Just 20 minutes a day for any child can make a huge difference!"

The program is being run on a trial basis, according to the release, data will be collected to help determine whether the program will be made available year round in both homes and schools across Arizona. 

To access myOn go online to www.ReadOnArizona.org

"The importance of providing Arizona's young children with exciting and engaging ways to read during the summer is absolutely mission critical," said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, in the release. "For low-income children in particular, it is imperative that we create a strong link to learning from school year to school year. We are thrilled that through our partnership with myON, more than 360,000 children from across Arizona will have the opportunity to access skill-appropriate, engaging books to read over the summer."

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