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Black Issues • Only 14% of African American eighth graders score at or above the proficient level. These results reveal that millions of young people cannot understand or evaluate text, provide relevant details, or support inferences about the written documents they read. * *(Annie E. Casey Foundation) By: Willa Robinson http://www.knowledgepowerinc.com/a_teacher.html These statistics are frightening. It is a sad state of affairs. Nonetheless, I’m more encouraged to do what I can to help our children, all of our children, to read more. As parents, we have the power to boost our children’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives. I was raised by a single mom, who worked two jobs to make ends meet and many times the means didn’t meet. She always encouraged and demanded that I read. Being the youngest of five, I was often home alone and reading became my good friend. I learned to love the library because we couldn’t afford to buy books. Reading helped expand my imagination and I traveled around the world while sitting in my chair or lying on my bed. Plus, I was learning new things and that made me extremely happy. I have been an avid reader for many years and I truly believe my love for reading inspired my love for writing. Now writing is my career. Local Reading Programs: • The Santa Clarita Public Library, Summer Reading Program, “Read for the Win” June 13 through July 30. • Barnes and Noble, Summer Reading Triathlon, kids can earn a free book. Listed below are children books published by my company, Knowledge Power Books, and if you call me directly with your book order, I will extend a 20% discount on the any of the books listed. 16 By: Willa Robinson http://www.knowledgepowerinc. com/a_lawyer.html By: Carmen Owens http://www.knowledgepowerinc.com/katy_kangaroo.html By: Teddy Wright IV http://www.knowledgepowerinc.com/lucy_elizabeth. html By: Etan Boritzer http://www.knowledgepowerinc.com/what_is.html