"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
The months of summer are upon us and so is warmer weather, thoughts of vacation and school ending. For ourselves and our students it is a time to relax and enjoy what we want to read, not necessarily what we have to read. Before we send our students off into that vast wilderness of libraries and eBooks, let's expose them to different literary genres, authors and illustrators that may peak their interest. June starts off summer with lots of events that can be tied into reading.
June 4th - Aesop's Birthday
June 10th - Maurice Sendak's Birthday
June 12th - Anne Frank's Birthday
June 13th - WB Yeats's Birthday
June 14th - First Caldecott Medal Awarded in 1937
June 25th - Eric Carle and George Orwell's Birthday
June 27th - First Newbery Medal awarded in 1922
There are also lots of programs out there that reward kids for reading over the summer. In addition to your local public library, many restaurants, stores and other organizations offer summer reading programs, both in person and online. This is a great way to entice your reluctant readers.