Reading is critical to the success of children as they progress through school and is even more important to success in future careers. Recently, reading has been a major topic in the news. In many states, including Ohio, students must show they are proficient readers to progress to the fourth grade. A challenge for many young readers is finding books that they are interested in reading. A child’s love for reading is closely connected to the opportunity to read books about which they are interested.
Children and youth interested in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and shooting, sometimes find it difficult to find books they would like to read. Nationally there is a significant discrepancy between our nation’s boys and girls reading scores. Boys routinely perform at much lower levels than girls on standardized reading assessments. Some researchers have found many young boys fail to see real life applications in what they read. Some boys stop reading because they think there is no practical value in reading. Young boys, and even girls, who have a great interest in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities will eagerly read books about those topics. Having books about these activities available to young readers is critical in developing a love for reading and increased reading proficiency.
We are excited about recent partnerships with national organizations that include ABC books for younger children. The national initiative, ABC Books for Hunting Heritage and Angling Legacy, allows Miami Valley Outdoor Media to partner with major, national, conservation organizations to make new, high interest books available to young and even experienced readers. Outdoor IQ has launched a line of ABC books that aligns with the focus of each organization. Another benefit of the initiative is that proceeds from the sale of each book are donated back to the organization to support their youth programs.
Outdoor IQ has written the ABCs of the Wild Turkey for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the ABCs of the White-tailed Deer for Whitetails Unlimited, the ABCs of Upland Hunting for Pheasants Forever, ABCs of Waterfowl for Delta Waterfowl, the ABCs of North American Big Game for the Dallas Ecological Foundation, and the ABCs of Freshwater Fishing for the Catch a Dream Foundation. These books are not only written to help young children learn their letters and begin to read, but also to learn about the wonderful things each organization is passionate about.
If you would like to find out more about these and the other books Outdoor IQ offer, you can visit their website at www.outdoorIQ.org.