SummerReads 2017

by School Librarian Linda Spence

Recently in the library, I asked two classes of 5th graders why we promote summer reading. Dutifully, they trotted out the expected answers: “If we don’t practice reading, we will forget how.” and “We don’t want to fall behind over the summer.” They have already internalized what parents and teachers tell them and what research says is true but for me, they have missed the most important reason of all – the sheer joy of reading.

Not everyone enjoys reading in the same way. I believe there is something out there that will resonate with each and every person. It doesn’t have to be a novel; it can be nonfiction or a magazine, in a graphic format or as a read-aloud. It doesn’t have to be at the “just right” reading level; it can be something that is a fun and easy read. Reading doesn’t have to be a chore or a burden.

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to explore this side of reading. Encourage your children to find something that intrigues them and carve out some time for them to immerse themselves in the world of reading.

If you are looking for book suggestions, visit our SummerReads 2017 website where you will find annotated lists of great choices for all grades as well as the summer reading requirements for Upper School students.

Where will you be reading this summer?

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  1. When my daughter was in 5th or 6th grade, she began to really enjoy baseball. At the time, she wasn’t very interested in reading. Her dad introduced her to the Boston Globe’s sports pages – which got her interested in checking, and reading, the sports pages on a regular basis.

    As an adult, she’s reads for pleasure: Mostly nonfiction, The New York Times, and Smithsonian.

  2. I love the simplicity of your suggestions, especially knowing the depth you can go to with a good read. Thanks for spurring us on to just enjoy reading this summer!

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