As we head back to school next week, many students will need an extra boost to find a book to read. Some students will have read over winter break, but not all of them. I want to help them find interesting books to jump start their reading year.
Of course, many students will be drawn to their old favorites. Here is a list of the top 25 books checked out in 2019 from the Harrison Library.
Almost all of these books are graphic novels or heavily illustrated chapter books (like Wimpy Kid). Graphic novels are wonderful and I fully support our students' right to choose what books they want to read. However, I also want to challenge our students to find new books and expand their reading lives.
In 2020, my goal is to do more book talking to introduce students to new books that they might not know about. I'll begin with some of my favorites of 2019:
As well as several books that I read over winter break:
We will discuss the importance of setting reading goals and how to find more time to read outside of school. What is your reading goal this year?
We'll also begin 2020 with several library activities that will introduce students to new books. Students will participate in book tastings and book walks during their first few visits to the library in January. They will watch book talks that our students and staff recorded on Flipgrid last year and many will record their own book talks to share. I will ask our older readers if they have suggestions for other ways to promote reading with our junior high students. We will do whatever we can to find new books for students to become interested in.
Hopefully 2020 will be the year that our students find their NEXT favorite book! Happy Reading!