This post is part of “DigiLit Sunday,” hosted by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. This week’s topic is REFRESH.
Teachers often have a long list of projects they want to work on, both personal and professional, that we’ve either put off or just haven’t had time for during the school year. And while I love finishing these tasks and the sense of accomplishment they bring, I don’t really find them refreshing. For me, being refreshed means having time to enjoy long, lazy afternoons reading and dozing.
Making plans for summer reading is one of my favorite activities. In January, I talked with fifth grade students about Reading Resolutions. This is the perfect time to revisit those resolutions, and, if necessary, make some new ones. I finished the Very Famous Children’s book back in February. Lately I’ve been thinking about Virginia Wolf’s To the Lighthouse. This is a book that has intimidated me as an adult, and I feel now’s the time to give it another try.
I have a long list of professional books I’m planning to read this summer. These books are currently at the top of the stack:
- The Journey is Everything, by Katherine Bomer
- Who’s Doing the Work: How to Say Less So Readers Can Do More, by Jan Miller Burkins and Kim Yaris
- Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts, by Stacey Shubitz
- DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence, by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts
- Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana
I’m also planning on getting caught up on journal articles I haven’t had a chance to read.
I’ll also be reading many picture books and middle grade novels, but I don’t have a specific list. I would love to get my hands on an ARC of Melissa Sweet’s upcoming book about E.B. White. (Hint, hint, ARC gods!) Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors, both for children and adults, and she has two new books out this year. Makoons is the fifth book in the series that began with The Birchbark House, one of my all-time favorites, so I’m excited to read this book, too.
There are many books on my shelves that I haven’t read, and sometimes I’ll just browse and see what strikes my fancy. I also like to visit the library and find new books there.
Having plans for summer reading is great, but discovering new books along the way and having time to read them is another reason summer reading is such a gift. What are your summer reading plans?