To celebrate the beginning of summer time, Britney over at Tailor-Made Teaching has organized this summer hop!
As the school year comes to a close, I start to think about summer reading. While I love to read a good adult novel, I also enjoy reading young adult books or chapter books written for elementary students. There are some wonderful ones out there! I spend time reading these books because knowing about books helps me to motivate my readers and helps me help them find what interest them. I think it's vital to be up on what is NEW in children's literature. I get it about "the classics" out there, BUT what kids want to read is what is new and popular, not old and tire. I'm talking about those books where the characters on the cover look like they walked out of the 70s. These are not appealing! Do you agree? So as you are packing up for the summer, take a run through your classroom library. If books on your shelves look old, yellow, or just plain unappealing...say goodbye! Over the summer, check out your local library or yard sales for book sales. Ask parents to donate gently used books to your classroom. Use up those Scholastic points you've been saving or go through your book shelves at home. Have your own kids do some summer cleaning. If the books aren't the right age for your classroom, share with other teachers.
Besides making kids read outdated stories, my other pet peeve is outdated summer reading lists! I don't send them home anymore and it drives me nuts when I see lists going out to kids with books I know are outdated. UGH! Drives me nuts! I like to encourage my kids to do what all good readers do to find books. Go to the library. Go to the bookstore. Talk with friends and get recommendations. Join Goodreads.com. Check out the New York Times best sellers list. In Florida, we have the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award list and it always has a variety of levels and interests for elementary and middle school students. Find a series you love. Join a book club or start one with friends. Find a reading list online and see if there are books that interest you. I also encourage my parents to give their child the opportunity to self-select books. Teach them to find good books the same way YOU do!
Here are some of the books I will be reading and recommending this summer are:
Janitors, Book 1
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
For professional reading, I want to finish up Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
I created a little Summer Time Fun Time Activity Calendar of 30 fun activities to give your kids as they head off for the summer.
Specify the number of activities for them to complete and have them return it to you in the fall for a special back to school treat.
Now hop on over to Sparkling in Second for some more summer time fun and freebies!
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