Summer Reading Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

Another school year has come to a close, and as you make plans for a summer of fun and fresh air, I hope you will consider making reading for pleasure a priority for your child during some of the downtime they will enjoy in the coming months.

All year long in library periods the students have been encouraged to find books they love to read. We have shared book reviews and created student-approved reading lists for each grade. The children enjoy giving their critiques and opinions of the books they read, and of course they love to read the books that their friends heartily recommend!

The summer reading lists I have created are by no means a check-off list, but rather a jumping off point from which to find some books that your child will not want to put down. Summer is a great time to explore some new books, or re-read old favourites. The lists I have compiled are comprised of student-approved favourites from the booklists we created together this year, some age appropriate classics that you may enjoy re-reading with them or reading aloud, series that just might capture them and keep them reading all summer long, and new releases that we think will be popular picks in the coming school year.

I’ve been a passionate advocate for the Public Library in our last library classes, and I have shared with all of the students how amazing having their very own library card can be! I have also shared with them the magic of the Overdrive app - which gives them access to the public library's e-book and audiobook selection. Even if you are vacationing in far off lands, you can still take out books from the library from your laptop, iPad or other supported device! All you need is a wifi connection to download the books, and then they can be enjoyed anytime, no wifi required!

Did you know that Calgary Public Library Cards are free for children? Make a trip to your local library to get your child their very own card this summer. They have a fabulous selection of picture books, novels, graphic novels and non-fiction in the children’s areas of each branch, as well as Audiobooks (great for long car rides), DVDs and CDs (more info here). Children can also sign up at their local branch for the TD Summer Reading Program.

I hope you have a wonderful summer and I look forward to hearing about your adventures in reading and travel when the children return in September.

Morgan Chapman
Elementary-Teacher Librarian

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