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TN First Lady Launches "Read20 Book Club"

posted Apr 8, 2013, 6:13 AM by Terry Mullican

To promote family reading time, Tennessee's First Lady, Chrissy Haslam has launched the First

Lady's Read20 Family Book Club.  A book is selected each month to be featured designed to appeal to a broad group of elementary-aged children and their families.
 
Research tells us:
  • If a child reads for 20 minutes every day, they are exposed to about 1.8 million words of text every year. 
    That is 137 new words per minute!
  • If families read together for 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week, they get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year!
  • Many states use 3rd grade reading scores to predict the number of jail cells they might need in the future.  (About 3 out of 5 prisoners in America are illiterate.) 
  • For every year you read with your child, average lifetime earnings increase by $50,000. You make a $250,000 gift to your child from birth to age five by reading aloud, just 20 minutes a day! 
  • Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 - 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.  

Check it out here http://www.tn.gov/firstlady/read20/ !

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