Tennessee gives books to young students to encourage reading

The Tennessee Department of Education announced it is partnering with the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation to provide free books to children in kindergarten through second grade.

The decodable book series encourages at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom, according to a news release. Decodables are books or stories that contain a careful sequence of letter sounds and words to help children practice their phonics and decoding skills. Each pack contains seven booklets filled with stories and words to practice as well as Scholastic books.

“We know early literacy is incredibly important and sets the foundation for a child’s education and life after graduation,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said Wednesday in a news release. She added that the free books will “make reading fun this winter break.”

Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their young students at ReadingResources.MyBrightSites.com.


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

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