I hope that this message finds our M.V. Beattie family somewhat better rested and feeling content after a few weeks of summer vacation. I had sent a message to our families to encourage you to make reading a priority during this vacation. While improving reading skills will help your children have greater success throughout their school years, it is above all else a great opportunity to explore the world – without even having a passport! Great ideas and adventures lie within a book. So, if you haven’t made it to the local library yet, perhaps you will stumble upon one of these book exchanges (from the photo above) – where you can borrow a book or loan one. The top photo is of Juliet who, by now, must think she is miles ahead of me in our “reading race.” The final photo is of my youngest son, Quinn, reading to his younger cousins.
Each summer our family chooses a book to read together: last year it was “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio – a great read for intermediate students. This year the choice is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. We will read and discuss the plot, themes and characters as they develop over the course of the novel. It is more of a “book club” conversation and will lead in many different directions. I hope that you and your family will give the “family book” a try. Whether your children are at the Dr. Seuss, Captain Underpants, Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, graphic novel or young adult fiction stage, try to spend some time reading alongside them and discussing the ideas presented.
I had set a goal of reading eight novels this summer, and I am now working on my 4th after just finishing up “Ready, Player One” – a Young Adult fantasy novel. This would be a good read for youngsters in gr. 6-8. I know a few MVB students read it last year and recommended it to me…Thanks!
Please continue to send me photos of you and your children reading – and any recommendations that you may have for “good fit” books for other kids.
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