This is a very insightful article about how to keep summer reading purposeful and targeted so kids return to school even more curious about the world around them. There is some helpful discussion of non-fiction and how it contributes to the tapestry of learning.
This piece concurs the need for summer reading and goes on to explain how low income students suffer to a greater degree when summer reading is not handled well. This is important to remember in order to give these students as much advantage as those who are greatly supported in this area.
Many people believe that summer reading is optional, or perhaps just meant to include one book to be discussed in the fall. This piece clearly outlines the extensive research done that indicates the imperative of summer reading and how it should be viewed by educators. The concrete research is interesting and affirming.
This article is helpful in seeing that summer reading is not just an activity that exists to keep a young person out of trouble during those unstructured months. It is an autonomous activity that promotes success during the school year as well. Summer reading and overall literacy are inextricably linked and it's important to remember that.
Summer reading can be a positive experience for all students, even those who learn in different ways and face specific challenges such as Dyslexia. I like the way this article helps the teacher visualize how working with such a student in a certain way throughout the school year will lead them to a more successful summer of reading.
There are many lists out there claiming to know the best YA reads for summer…some are on point, and well…some are not. This list is fresh, varied, and the perfect combination of a thinking person's day in the hammock, mentally engaging and downright entertaining. There's something for everyone in your class on this list, whether they be avid, reticent, or downright obstinate.
Again, this article mentions perking individual interests and making books available; however, it also cautions teachers about becoming too concerned with the "quality" of the read…students should have some extra freedom (and prehaps reduced rigor) over summer. Good advice for teachers who are just trying to perk the interest of reticent students.
This article offers some valuable insight to the age old question we, as educators, face every June. "How can I foster enthusiasm and promote excitement for summer reading?" A student's perception that summer is for both relaxing and exploring their personal interests through books is a shift that must happen authentically. Great tips for how to empower and engage students, particularly in low-income areas where books are not as readily available.