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11/14/2014 3:13:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Owning a book IS a big deal
LAWRENCEVILLE - Suzanne Jordan's belief is that students should be able to read any time they want.

To that end the Reading Specialist at Parkside Elementary has gone the extra mile to ensure that all students in the school will have a book of their own.

Through the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois READS program - which encourages Illinoisans to read books by Illinois authors - and thanks in part to a grant from the Community Unit School District #20 Academic Foundation-Ed Loeb Special Projects Grant - each student at the school went home with a paperback book on Thursday.

"Having their very own book is such a treasure to a child," said Jordan, who wrote the grant through which the books were purchased. "The book provides students and their families the opportunity to practice reading and nurture the accomplishment of this skill. Since this creates a connection to a statewide reading initiative, providing the book also shows students that they are connected to a larger learning community."

Jordan says there have been many studies researching the benefits of children owning books and having access to reading material. One study from the University of Nevada, she ways, indicates that book ownership had just as great an impact on educational attainment as a parent's education level.

Jordan said Parkside School is promoting reading at home with the theme: "We READ at Our House." Each child was giving a static cling and a bookmark as well as their book.

Pre-K students were given a copy of Truck Stuck, written by Sallie Wolf and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies.

Kindergarten students received Doctor Ted, by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre.

Those in first grade were sent home with In Arctic Waters, written by Laura Crawford and illustrated by Ben Hodson.

The second-graders were presented with Multiply on the Fly by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Erin Hunter.

Charlie Collier, Snoop For Hire: The Homemade Stuffing Caper, written by John V. Madomo, was given third-grade students.

Fourth grade students received The Fast and The Furriest, by Andy Behrens, while Raymond Bial's, Where Lincoln Walks, was given to those in fifth grade.

In conjunction with the book presentation, Parkside will hold Fine Arts Night and Illinois Reading night from 6 until 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20.


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