Dear Parents,

Summer is a great time to encourage your child/ren to read, read, read! Many of us will be close to public libraries or bookstores, and this is a great chance to check out new titles as well as read old favorites. Please don't forget that students can check out books from the Learning Hub as well. We will be open all summer.

For children in the upper grades, summer reading is designed to help them maintain their reading stamina (how long they can sit and read continuously) and reading volume (how many books they read at a comfortable reading level), as well as helping them develop critical thinking skills about the book they are reading.

You can help your child/ren in various ways:

1. Provide uninterrupted time for them to sit and read quietly. Creating a routine each day is a great way to start. Reading on the beach, on the airplane, or making a ritual of a family afternoon reading time--all of these are great ways to create a reading habit in your child.

2. Read aloud to your child/ren. Even children in 4th and 5th grade (I would argue even older than that!) benefit greatly from listening to a story being read to them. The added benefit is that it provides a nice bonding time as a family. There are many picture books that are perfect for older readers that have deeper themes, as well as excellent chapter book recommendations on this wiki.

3. Be a reading role model. Children notice everything we do, and they pay attention. Whether it be a newspaper, a magazine or a good novel, it is wonderful for children to see adults choosing to read.

4. Talk to your children about the books they are reading. Open-ended questions are best for generating discussions. Here are some examples to get you started

a. At the end of a chapter, predict what will happen in the following chapters. What makes you say that?

b. Can you put yourself in the character's shoes? How does this character deal with challenges he or she faces? What can you learn from this character?

c. Has anything happened in your life that is similar to this story? If so, how does that help you better understand what you are reading?

d. How does the character change throughout the story? Did he or she learn any life lessons?

Please do not feel that you need to seek out English books if you are in your home country. We want to encourage reading in your home language . As you know, reading quality literature in your home language gives children the chance to solidify their first language (mother tongue), as well as helps them to continue developing higher-level thinking skills.

Please use our wiki resource list for many titles of quality literature for emerging readers.

Enjoy the summer! Happy reading!