by Lucia Sullivan on 06/14/2016
Dear Canyon Families,
I hope you are enjoying your first days of summer vacation. As an educator, a reader and a parent myself, I LOVE summer reading! I try to read one or two professional books that will guide my thinking in the coming school year, but I will confess that I also love beach reads. Liane Moriarty has a new book coming out soon and I can’t wait for it to magically appear on my kindle. I have already started Terry McMillan’s new book, I Almost Forgot About You, and am finding it immediately absorbing in the way that summer reading should be.
If you are wondering what your kids should be reading this summer, my personal belief is follow their interests and go for volume. They should have books to read that they are dying to get to. Books that will eat up a whole day are the best! I have “borrowed” some summer reading suggestions from Berkeley and former colleagues if you would like suggestions. My advice is to find a great children’s librarian in your neighborhood, sign up for their summer reading program (they often have great prizes!) and have your child tell the librarian the last book they read that they loved. The librarian will know where to go from there.
Some kids love informational text in short form. Consider a subscription to National Geographic for kids, Cobblestone, Cricket, Ranger Rick, Popular mechanics… your librarian will have more ideas and copies available to borrow.
A lot of guides suggest having kids read one or two books in the summer– I am suggesting a novel a week as a baseline for my boys, but we aren’t doing much camp and they will have the time. There is a lot to be said for volume… You know your family best!
Common Sense Media has a fabulous searchable database by age
Also, from Common Sense Media (Thank you Sierra and your colleagues!)– a punch list of 50 titles your kid should read before age 12– I particularly loved reviewing the early readers and remembering reading them together…
This is the Berkeley Public Schools Website with Summer Reading by grade level
American Library Association 6-8 reading list– GREAT recommendations for middle school aged kids
a librarian blog to inspire you!
Contra Costa Summer Reading Program
Oakland Library Summer Reading Program
Alameda County Library programs
Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Program
Scholastic Summer Reading Program