Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children
Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Quick, grab a book, because today “is the launch of a new Read Where You Are day of action to raise awareness and encourage reading.”

Read Where You Are is being launched by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education to promote children’s literacy and school-readiness in the fall.

“Young people who do not read over the summer fall behind their classmates, especially low-income students,” the Read Where You Are website says.

“Research shows that summer learning loss adds up, especially for low-income students. By 8th grade, that lost learning time accounts for 2/3 of the achievement gap between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

“Reading over the summer makes a difference during the school year. When students are able to keep reading, they can keep learning, catch up, stay sharp and are more prepared when the new school year begins.”

Once you’ve got a book, share your reading on social media: “use #readwhereyouare on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and invite others to be a part of this day of action. Share your reading photos!”

And be sure to read to young children and let them know that they are part of a national day of advocacy.

To learn more, check out the Read.gov website, which has resources for educators and parents. For more on “the crucial role of summer learning,” visit the You4Youth Summer Learning website. And to sign up for updates, enter your email here.

To see what President Barack Obama likes to read, check out this Politico story and video.

“I was into adventure stories. There was something called the Hardy Boys back in the day,” Obama says in this feature, which covers his favorite books from childhood until now, including Dr. Seuss titles; Harry Potter (which he read to his daughter); “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”

But most of all, have fun today as you Read Where You Are.