Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids at Every Age

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids at Every Age

Article excerpt

DID YOU KNOW that children who don't read over the summer actually forget what they've learned in school? And even worse, the effect can be cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer can find themselves well behind classmates who have incorporated books into their recreational activities. Couple this with the fact that there has been little or no improvement in what is being taught regarding personal finance in our schools, and it becomes imperative we find more creative ways to introduce and reinforce these concepts.

Don't despair: the ABA Foundation--along with our partners at First Book--have put together some book recommendations so that bankers can play a part in advancing financial literacy and academic performance by engaging youth in reading and reading-related activities during the summer months.

The suggested titles are divided by recommended grade level, and several books are available in Spanish. You can link to the poster (shown in the graphic below, and you can download a copy at aba.com/teach) from your bank's website, include in social media, make copies available to parents who are customers of your bank and share it with the schools or libraries you work with as part of your financial education outreach efforts.

Books illustrate the importance of money skills through relatable stories, and are an excellent overlay to any financial literacy event. In December, the ABA Foundation announced its Book Award Program, an avenue for banks to donate financial education-related books as a part of their money skills presentations held in classrooms across the country. …

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