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Current Issue: June 2017

June Issue Highlights

Summer learning loss — sometimes called "brain drain" — is a real problem. During a long summer vacation, students can lose up to three months' worth of reading and math skills, forcing teachers to spend weeks teaching these topics again once school is back in session.

Keep kids thinking, exploring, and learning this summer by keeping it fun. Books can be a stimulating way to absorb new knowledge and to help you suggest books that can keep kids engaged, we offer our 2017 Summer Reading List. (p. 200.) This list includes the winners and finalists of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Books aren’t the only way to keep kids learning this summer. One multimedia offering that will take place the evenings of July 23, 26, and 30 is the PBS Wild Alaska Live event. PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn its cameras on the natural spectacle that plays out across the vast Alaskan wilderness. To learn more about this event and get suggestions for books to supplement it, see page 210.

With hurricane season upon us, this month’s Read-Around-A-Theme focuses on these forceful storms. (p. 214.) The books suggested will help readers of all ages understand more about these storms.

You’ll also find our monthly selection of books and media reviews and our listings of upcoming science television programming.


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