Ahhhhh…..summer! Lazy days, campfires, long beach walks, and the joy of reading a book in the sunshine. Kids LOVE summer, but summer reading can be a dreaded part of the summer routine, especially for our reluctant readers.
Summer reading is not optional, in my professional opinion. However, I’m open to a creative variety of reading choices. Students can read traditional novels or non-fiction selections, if that works for them. They may also enjoy graphic novels, prefer to listen to books on tape (and read along as a bonus!), read magazines or other periodicals. Teachers and parents should think outside the box when helping kids choose their summer reading.
Last summer, Mylo read two classics: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine, both as graphic novels. He was able to comprehend the details, analyze the character relationships, draw conclusions about the plot, and summarize the pivotal plot points and most importantly, he enjoyed his summer reading! Important vocabulary and quotations are often highlighted in graphic novels, aiding comprehension for students who struggle with complex language.
Here are some of my “out of the box” favorites:
Campfire Graphic Novels – classic novels in graphic form. Selections include: MacBeth, Frankenstein, Oliver Twist, Treasure Island and many more. Available at your favorite book store.
Carus Publishing – publishers of Cricket, Calliope, AppleSeeds and many other magazines for kids. Digital editions available, which is a great option for enlarging print size – a helpful strategy for many reluctant readers. Available at: http://www.cricketmag.com/
Have a happy and healthy summer!