Pam Allyn is theExecutive Director and founder of LitWorld and an ambassador for Scholastics Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. global literacy campaign. Pamrecentlywrote an article for Scholastic
Instructor magazine about her passion for summer reading. We loved it so much we wanted you to see it! Below are excerpts from her article. Read the full piece here!
Summer holds many of my strongest and most powerful reading memories. I remember sitting under a tree in the backyard as a child, readingAnne of Green Gables
as the shadows crossed the grass. I could not believe such grief was possible when I found out what happened at the end. I remember sitting in the backseat of the car on a long family road trip, sharing jokebooks with my brother and sister and laughing until we cried. I remember bumpy bus rides to my first job as a teen, trying to spend every minute I could readingThe Lord of the Rings
, wondering how it was possible that an author had crafted those lines. These memories became crucial stepping-stones in my life. I was making choices as a reader and having experiences with books that transformed me.
I want all kids to experience the power of those choices, first, because they feel so good, and second, because the secret power of summer reading is that it will set the stage for academic success.Building and shaping a strong reading life during out-of-school months plays a key role in giving every child a chance to succeed. Lets inspire our students to create a reading plan before we send them off for the summer.
Here are five ways to motivate kids for summer reading.
1.Take the Scholastic Summer Challenge
I love the playful nature of theScholastic Summer Challengeto enroll every classroom in this mission. From now until September 6, kids of all ages can track their reading minutes online (atscholastic.com/summer) to earn rewards for themselves and their school. Lets get our students ready to reach their own reading goals.
2. Make Reading More Like Summer Camp
Lets make reading more like summer camp. We can take field trips to the library and search the shelves for books on a topic chosen out of a hat. We can ask our students to create something innovative in response to one of the books theyve read and bring that creation in to share on the first days of school.
3. Come On and Get Appy!
Technology is a power tool for building literacy skills. TheReading Rainbowapp, based on the beloved TV series, invites children to travel to themed islands to discover books.Tales2Gois an award-winning mobile and desktop audiobook app designed to provide thousands of glorious read-alouds for your students. AndStoria, a free e-reading app from Scholastic, is one of the only platforms of its kind thats just for kids. It provides easy access to leveled e-books and lets kids highlight text, take notes, and use an in-app dictionary.
4. Make Children the Curators of Their Reading Lives
Set up a summer blog so you can all share recommendations and rate books as thumbs-up, thumbs-down, or middling. Students can rotate as chief curators of the blog each week so that over the course of the summer each of them takes on the responsibility of replying to posts and highlighting a popular title.
5.Bring the Outdoors Back in to Summer Reading
Taking curiosity walks is a fantastic way to bring informational text into a childs reading repertoire. These walks also provide opportunities for authentic writing. Have children take an inspiration notebook on a class walk outside and jot down anything they see that they would like to learn more about.