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Welcome to the last Mentor Monday post of this school year! This linky started back in January, 2014 and has had an incredible amount of support from fellow teacher bloggers. I’m forever grateful for their help and expertise. We hope you’ve had a chance to follow our posts, gain new strategies for using mentor texts, and created a wish list of picture books as a result! It has been a pleasure coordinating these posts with them.
Summer is nearly here, so I’m taking a break from this weekly linky to write posts about other topics. Not to worry though! Mentor Monday will be back up and running hopefully by the end of August as you are preparing your classrooms again for a new school year.
Ah, summer reading. What do you think about when I mention those two words? Is it the required list a teacher hands out to their students? Or is it a stack of brand new magazines, just right for pouring through at the beach or by a pool? I know a teacher never really has a summer off as the rest of the world thinks. I always had a workshop or course, tutoring, or even summer school to teach. There is a welcome change of pace though. You don’t have to put your lunch together or worry about what to wear. Flip flops reign!
Back to summer reading. Picture me at the beach. Twin toddlers running in opposite directions AWAY from me and laughing, a 4 month old that needs to eat, and beach paraphernalia strewn all over a very sandy beach blanket. Can you visualize me doing any kind of reading at the beach? Probably not. In fact, the only reading I’ll be doing at the beach this summer is the warning label on the back of a bottle of sunblock in case someone ingests some, mistaking it for a fruit squeeze pouch.
The beach with babies is not relaxing.
So even though I won’t be reading in a beach chair, I do have two professional books I’d like to share with you.
1. Blueprint For A Literate Nation: How You Can Help by Cinthia Colleti
This is a book has sat on my shelf for months, but I ‘m beginning it this summer. Colletti has a rally cry to all of us to help our struggling readers. This topic is near and dear to my heart, as you all know. The author has a wealth of research and statistics provided on the state of literacy in the U.S. and what can be done about it. I’m really looking forward to starting this one!
2. Summer Reading: Closing The Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap by Richard Allington and Anne McGill Franzen
This looked like a handy reference when I saw it pop up on the IRA website. I’m saddened at the idea of thousands of children that may not pick up a book this summer at all. Finding ways to end that problem is critical. This book gives fresh ideas for helping children from all backgrounds get into summer reading and gain access to books, no matter your socioeconomic status.
My time is limited with three little ones, so I have to choose carefully. I make sure to carve out time to read children’s books, so I can stay on top of the latest titles too. (I’m hearing books with ninjas are very popular with kids these days! :))
I’d love to know what books you’ve chosen to read this summer. Please let me know in the comments. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Be sure to check out the other blogs linked to this post for more summer reading ideas. Have a wonderfully relaxing summer vacation!