BUFFALO GROVE – To help kids build important literacy skills and make reading a lifelong habit, State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove) is launching a summer reading club for children and young adults in the Lake County area.

Story time. Loving african american dad reading fairy tales to his little daughter, sitting together on bed“Books have the power to transport kids to a new and exciting world, and to help keep their minds active during summer break,” Johnson said. “The benefits of reading follow young learners for years.”

To join Johnson’s summer book club, students must read eight books of their choice, record the names of the books and return the form to Johnson’s office by Aug. 2. Everyone who completes the program will receive prizes and be invited to attend a pizza party hosted by Senator Johnson.

“Staying engaged is an important step toward bridging the achievement gap and preparing kids for the next school year,” Johnson said. “This program aims to keep young students learning when they’re not in the classroom.”

To participate, download and print the form here. Parents can also call Johnson’s office at 847-672-6201 to request a form by mail.

Johnson urges interested residents to call her office with any additional questions.