Don’t Let Your Kids Slip & Slide

Children who do not continue to read over the summer can lose as much as three months of reading achievement.

Did you know:

  • In Idaho, low ‐ income homes average only 1 book for every 300 children. By comparison, in middle and high ‐ income homes, each child has an average of 50 books. (Book It Forward, 2014)
  • Reading proficiently is the most significant indicator of academic success.
  • 85% of children in the juvenile justice system are functionally illiterate.

What parents & children can do:

Join a Library Summer Reading Program

Most libraries in North Idaho are participating in the national Collaborative
Summer Reading Program theme: “Build a Better World.” Each library will have its own special events & activities for children, teen readers, and adults.

Children and teens are also encouraged to keep a reading log for the summer and can collect prizes at the library based on time spent reading.

Area libraries:


Those who run out of reading material between library visits can go online and select titles to download. Visit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s OverDrive: or various eLibrary & eReference options listed from the Community Library Network: CommunityLibrary.Net/eLibrary.

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