Ditch Summer Learning Loss


It’s summer, which means your kids should be reading. Yup! Studies show students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by 20-30 percent, or up to one full month’s worth of school-year learning. Eeek!

Kiss the summer slump goodbye by adding these five children’s books to your kids’ summer reading list!   (Most are from Wyoming authors and available locally at Teacher’s Corner Kids’ Mart.)*



1. I Can Only Draw Worms | Will Mabbitt
Counting books innately leave little room for surprises. Until now. This smart and superbly silly quick-read picture book is part counting, part laugh-out-loud adventure and all kinds of awesome.





2. Fox the Tiger | Corey Tabor*
Who doesn’t love a quirky, mischievous fox? Gillette native Corey Tabor’s award-winning early reader invokes the imagination with a fun story about a fox who dreams of becoming a tiger.




3. Outdoor Adventure | Stacy Tornio & Ken Keffer*
In “The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book,” moth hunting, rock art and winter cookouts are just a few of the fun activities that will get your kids off the couch and out into the great outdoors this summer, where their curiosity will come alive while having fun and learning! Gillette native and Campbell County High School graduate Ken Keffer has put together a book full of adventure with co-writer Tornio.




4. Roadie the Ranch Dog | Scott Haynes*
Inspired by the dogs of his childhood and a desire to keep art and music alive in the classrooms of his youth, Newcastle, Wyoming-based author Scott Haynes takes us on a calf-finding adventure. Follow his little orange heeler mix, Roadie, in the Roadie the Ranch Dog four-book series
Gillette kids will love.



5. C is for Cowboy | Eugene Gagliano*
Explore the many natural wonders of Wyoming in C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Discover Americas State by State), with rhyming text for younger readers and detailed expository to keep older readers engaged, by retired Buffalo, Wyoming, schoolteacher Gene Gagliano.


*Available locally at Teacher’s Corner Kids’ Mart.


By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff & Jennifer C. Kocher

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