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Summer reading Suggestions
for Kids at Every Age
BY CoREY CARLISLE
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.
The program is open to banks of all
sizes registered for the Foundation's
core financial literacy programs: Teach
Children to Save, Get Smart About
Credit and Lights, Camera, Save!
A Book Award is much like a gift
certificate. Banks that take advantage
of this program will be able to select
and donate finance-focused books
to schools or programs that serve
kids from low-to-moderate income
families. The books can be delivered
to the school or the banker can
bring them along to distribute as
part of a financial literacy lesson.
Thanks to the generous support
of Fiserv, a leading global provider
of financial services technology
solutions, the ABA Foundation will
make up to 50 of the aforementioned
Book Awards available to banks
registered for any of the Foundation's
financial education programs.
"We're proud to work with the ABA
Foundation and our nation's banks to
bring financial education to thousands
of students," says Mark Ernst, chief
operating officer of Fiserv. "Teach
Children to Save and the Book Award
Program are foundational programs for
helping to promote reading and good
financial habits among today's youth."
Because strong readers make better
money managers, let's instill a love
of reading this summer.
CoREY CARLISLE is SVP for
bank community engagement
at ABA and executive director
of the ABA Foundation.
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