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Reading for Pleasure
from NCTE INBOX 6-5-12
The highlight of my summers has always been the chance to read -- and read a lot. Growing up, I would go to the library every day. While I enjoyed the programs the library had to offer, I really loved the chance to peruse all of the books available. In college, summer meant I would finally have choice in my reading material after reading for courses all year. As a teacher, my school year reading was usually in preparation for what my students would be reading. Summers were times for me to choose for ME. Here are a few places to find lists of suggested titles for summer reading -- for YOU.
NCTE Executive Committee member Franki Sibberson cowrites a blog with Mary Lee Hahn titled "A Year of Reading." It includes a nice selection of pleasure and professional titles.
Young adult literature has become popular, not only with tweens and teens but with adults too. Why YA lit? As Teri Lesesne says, "much of YA literature is high quality and has power to move and inspire not only YA readers, but adults as well." Many, many book suggestions can be found on Teri's blog.
NCTE author Fran Claggett shares her "List of Recommended Reading for Educators."
The English Journal had a long-running column on personal reading. Take a look at a sample column.
NCTE column editor Don Gallo is often called "The Godfather of YA Short Stories." Read or listen to an interview with him to see and hear some of his suggested titles. Many of these titles make great reading for anyone. Don states his personal preferences along with his concern about the increasing length of YA books in "Ice Cream / I Scream for YA Books."
Norman North High School created the "Reading for Pleasure" gallery in the National Gallery of Writing. This gallery was set up for students in an elective class where they read self-selected books and then wrote about their books.
NCTE member Kay Haas started a conversation on the NCTE Connected Community about summer reading. She shares what she is going to read this summer, professionally and personally. Visit the Connected Community to talk about what you'll be reading and tweet your titles on June 7 (using #summerreading)!
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