I am seeing A LOT on my Twitter feed about reading. With schools out for summer or finishing up their last few days or weeks, teachers are tweeting like crazy about ways to avoid the Summer Slide (not the one at the pool).
Here are some resources I have come across to do with reading that look pretty awesome. What are your favorites?
One of the best things I think you could do to stay connected over the summer is to set yourself (or your child) up with a Twitter account and ‘follow’ some of the curators of these blogs below, but also, follow your favorite authors. My recent experience says that many authors will take the time to respond to budding readers and aspiring writers. I would caution you to read carefully before tweeting or emailing or commenting so that you are not asking a question that they have already answered elsewhere on their blog or in the dustjacket of their book! Ask a question that will deepen your connection to the author or help you move forward in your own reading or writing journey.
Below are the sites I am following this summer (to begin with!). Click on the header for each blog/site for more information. But first, check out this fun infographic to help you decide what to read this summer. I love this – totally adding it to the “cool things I want to share with my kids” list for next year! Blogs to follow after the (long) infographic:
This blog is by Mr. Schu a “ K-5 teacher-librarian who works diligently to put the right book in every child’s hand.” I follow @MrSchuReads on Twitter and love the timely updates, the wealth of knowledge and the love of reading that oozes from every tweet. If you love books, follow Mr. Schu! You might also want to scroll down and browse through the blogroll of blogs Mr. Schu follows. I have clicked through a few and they are all pretty great – I can see my ‘read later’ feed on Instapaper is going to implode this summer!
I think it makes a big different when you know a blogger personally, versus going on what is ‘popular’ on the internet. The author of One Page To The Next has been a parent of one of my students for two, coming up three, years. She is a passionate reader. She reads and reads and reads and stays on top of all things amazing with reading. She has introduced me to authors I never knew, connected me to amazing ideas in education and children’s literature and reignited my passion for reading. When she walks into my room, she thinks she is just a regular mom, but this is what I see:
In their own words, the curators of the Nerdy Book Club site welcome you:
If you love books, especially those written for children and young adults, then you are an honorary member of The Nerdy Book Club. Like us, you probably always have a book along to read, a title to recommend, and time to talk about works held dear.
This looks like another great place to get loads of information about what is current and cool in all things books and a chance to hear from other people about their thoughts on books via reviews and recommendations. One of the curators is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer. That alone should be enough information to get you to sign up! The Nerdy Bookclub is also the place to go for information on the Summer #BookaDay challenge. It looks great!
Touted as the site where “kids flex their reading muscles”, Biblionasium is a new site for kids, teachers, and parents to connect over a love of books. According to the site, here is what they offer these three groups of readers (click each image for more information):
UPDATE: There is another great site: Mrs P’s Tips To Keep Kids Engaged in Reading has some really cool ideas! Check it out!