Research shows the importance of parents reading with children – even after children can read.

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Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people.
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Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University

Many of us will be able to recall the enjoyment of shared reading: being read to and sharing reading with our parents. However, my research has found that of the 997 Year 4 and Year 6 respondents at 24 schools who took part in the 2016 Western Australian Study in Children’s Book Reading, nearly three-fifths reported that they were not being read to at home.

A sample of these children also participated in interviews, where I asked them how they felt about shared reading. While a few children did not mind no longer being read to, others were disappointed when it stopped. For example, when I asked Jason about his experience of being read to by his parents, he explained:

… they kind of stopped when I knew how to read. I knew how to read, but I just still liked my mum reading it to me.

His experience is common, with other recent research suggesting that more than one-third of Australian respondents aged six to 11 whose parents had stopped reading to them wanted it to continue.

But why is it so important for us to keep reading with our children for as long as possible?

Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people. Benefits of shared reading include facilitating enriched language exposure, fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills. They are also valued as a shared social opportunity between parents and their children to foster positive attitudes toward reading.

When we read aloud to children it is also beneficial for their cognitive development, with parent-child reading activating brain areas related to narrative comprehension and mental imagery. While most of the research in this area focuses on young children, this does not mean that these benefits somehow disappear as children age.

As young people’s attitudes towards reading reflect their experiences of reading at home and at school in childhood and beyond, providing an enjoyable shared reading experience at home can help to turn our children into life-long readers.
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New Student Book Reviews are Online Now

Each year our students are asked to think about books that they have enjoyed reading that they would recommend to others.  All students are encouraged to read over the summer, and recommendations from friends are a great way to choose  books.

New reviews with illustrations from students in K-4 are ready to read on the Library Portal of the EWS Web site

Have a great summer everybody!

Great Graphic: Libraries are for Everyone!

This graphic was created by Nebraska public librarian Rebecca McCorkindale who shares her ideas on her blog Hafuboti which stands for HAve FUn BOok TIme. She has created a set of graphics like the one displayed her to represent the diverse people that libraries serve. She has started creating images with Libraries are for Everyone in different languages, such as Spanish, Czech, and Arabic. She welcomes additions in other languages: just e-mail her at Hafuboti@gmail.com and send a translation of Libraries are for Everyone and identify the language for her.

Inauguration Resources


January 20th is U.S. Inauguration Day for the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. 

USA.gov has designed a web site that gives users a behind-the-scene look at this important event. Users will be able to view information regarding the swearing-in ceremony and learn interesting facts about past presidential inaugurations, and see historic documents related to early presidents. You can also learn facts about presidents, vice presidents, and first ladies, past and present and learn about the election. process.

Thanksgiving Games & Helping Feed the Hungry

Thanksgiving Dinner Guest Challenge

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This online strategy game will challenge you to place all the dinner guests around one table.

Play This Game & Help Feed the Hungry!

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Here’s an online game that helps a very worthy cause.

Test your general knowledge and do a good deed at the same time. For each correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to hungry people around the globe through the United Nations World Food Program.

The opening game is vocabulary, but other categories include math, chemistry, geography, and foreign languages, including French and Spanish. It’s easy to play: just the click the correct answer from one of four possible choices. If you answer correctly, the next question is a little harder.

Warning: This game may make you smarter.

Covers for the Book Cover Contest

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Here’s your chance to create an original work of art based on a book you have read.
Imagine that you have been chosen to design a book cover and could use any art medium at all (paint, crayons, markers, collage materials, etc).

All students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade may participate and can pick up a piece of poster board in the library. Instructions are here: book-cover-contest-flyer-2016

All entries must be returned no later than Friday morning, October 21st in order to be viewed by our panel of judges. Winners will receive gift certificates to spend at the East Woods Fall Book Fair, coming to our Library beginning on Parent-Teacher Conference Day, October 26th.

Have fun being creative!

Buckle your seat belts, we’re off on a trip across the United States of America, reading our way from coast to coast!

This year in Library, students in the Lower School will learn about the wonderful country in which we live and will read books from the seven different regions of the United States. Beginning in October month, we were off to explore the Northeast, focusing on New England, and then in November, it was on to the Mid Atlantic States. We’ll make our way around the country, learning lots of fun facts and reading some great books along the way.

Keep up with our travels by visiting the web site for this project. You’ll find online sources with facts about the 50 states and educational games, as well as themed book lists.

We’ll share some postcards and “souvenirs” from our trip as we make our way across the USA,  so check back often and feel free to leave us a comment!