Summer is slipping away. Have you had a chance to read as much as you hoped? If you hurry, you still have time to snag a book from The New York Times summer reading list. You can find the list here.
For summer and beyond, don’t forget to turn to local sources for inspiration:
–Visit the library! Before you do, it can be fun to learn what Kalamazoo Public Library staff are reading and recommending. Just go to their Staff Picks: Books.
–Visit one of our fabulous independent bookstores: Kazoo Books, Michigan News Agency, and Bookbug / this is a bookstore. Bookbug / this is a bookstore staff also regularly post what they are reading. Here’s what Shirley Freeman (who also volunteers with CIS!) has been reading.
–Read The Cyberlibrarian Reads, a wonderful blog by Miriam Downey, a retired librarian who is also a proud KPS grandparent. Miriam, who also co-edited the anthology Immigration and Justice For Our Neighbors, (a project we blogged about here last year and includes works by students from Arcadia Elementary School) read The Journey by Francesca Sanna at the anthology launch to the grownups and kids in attendance. In one of her more recent posts, she blogs about reading Sanna’s beautifully illustrated new book, Me and My Fear, with her granddaughter. You can read her post here.
–Ask your neighbor, your kid, your friends what they are reading! We asked a couple CIS board members and here’s what they said:
I’m reading a few books at the moment. Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, and John Sherrill, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. -Dominic Pullo
Just finished Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Very interesting! -Susan Einspahr
I am reading Love Does by Bob Goff. -Sara L. Williams
Taking a “break” from learning during the summer months is hazardous to a student’s education. According to the National Summer Learning Association more than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning activities. Here, in no particular order, are nine tips for grown ups to help kids on the path to success:
Visit the library and let kids pick out their own books. They are the best experts about what they like.
Sign up for the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.
Be a reading role model. (At a loss for what to read? Check out what KPL staff are reading and recommending. I also adore The Cyberlibrarian Reads, which is a blog by a retired librarian, lifelong reader, and local Kalamazoo resident, Miriam Downey.)
Read as a family.
Talk to kids about what they are reading and what you are reading.
Visit the Bookbug, an independent bookstore located at Oakwood Plaza. Stop down on any Thursday at 10am for All-Ages Storytime, Songs and Activities. Consider playing “Where’s Waldo?” with them in July.
Check out this terrific list of summer reading recommendations that Kalamazoo Public School staff have compiled for students of all ages.
If you missed Julie Mack’s piece in which she shares five strategies Superintendent Michael Rice suggests parents adopt to help build their child’s reading skills over the summer, you can find it here.
I must mention that as I’m writing this post, my freshly graduated second grader just peered over my shoulder and asked what I am working on. When I told him I was putting together a list for ways grownups can help kids this summer he said, “Just remind everybody that it is fun to read. And make sure you capitalize it all: IT IS FUN TO READ!”
So there you have it, have some fun. READ!