Why do the words “summer reading” elicit such dread in our students? Let’s give kids the chance to view reading as an opportunity to relax and learn and grow. Unfortunately, there are so many summer reading stigmas. Take a look at this summer reading video by Bill Gates:
The majority of the reading I do does not involve a test, an essay, or a project. Let’s give kids reading as a gift and remove the stigma that reading is a chore. Last summer, while browsing in my Overdrive app, I found all kinds of new releases and librarian suggestions for books that had huge wait lists due to their popularity.
Then I looked in the “Summer Reading” category and found that the first four titles were 1984, Crime and Punishment, A Tale of Two Cities, and David Copperfield. Not one had a waitlist, no surprise there.
Now, I was an English major who had always loved books. I read Crime and Punishment in 5th grade (true story). But in the summer, I tend not to lean toward Dickens or Dostoyevsky. I much rather read what my friends recommend, what’s on the book store’s “What’s Hot” shelf, and what is featured on the websites I follow for book recs. The same is even truer for 15-year-olds.