Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. Not only do we get to spend more time reading, students and staff members are asking us for reading recommendations. Whether you are looking for a reading contest or a book list, we have compiled some suggestions that can be used for a variety of readers.
The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) recently released the list of twenty books nominated for the 2019 Abraham Lincoln Award. The complete list includes titles and authors you might already know: American Street by Ibi Zoboi, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, among others. If these books are any indication, it’s going to be a great reading competition!
The ILC Sweet 16 GooseChase reading challenge is over. For the past two months, student participants have been completing missions related to reading for a chance to win a prize. Missions have included reading for pleasure, talking to teachers and staff about their favorite books, visiting the Lake Villa District Library, navigating various resources in the ILC, and more.
Congratulations to the following prize-winning students:
Hope Brown, first place
Ryan Brooks, second place
Ashley Alm, third place
Jamie McCormick, fourth place
Molly Rial, fifth place
Emma Veres, sixth place
The top three finishers won an Amazon Echo Dot, and the other students won their choice of a reading-themed mug, water bottle, or stationary cards.
December is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only do students and staff members ask for reading recommendations for the upcoming holiday break, they request help to find the perfect book for a child, friend or family member. With the thousands of books published each year, selecting the right book for someone could seem like a daunting task. However, it is easier than you may think.
There are plenty of book lists available to narrow down your choices. As there are a variety of readers and/or age groups, I chose four book lists to share. These lists offered different ways to organize book recommendations and should meet the needs of everyone.
Pageapalooza is underway at Lakes, and the ACHS challenge begins on October 2. Both students and staff are welcome to participate in the reading contest. The goal: To read as many pages as you can for the fun of it, either with the support of a team or as an individual, over the course of four weeks.
Congratulations to Enrique Gomez and Kaylee Riffer, who joined the ILC Reader Hall of Fame for reading all twenty books on the Abraham Lincoln Book Award list for 2017. This is Enrique's second year in a row of accomplishing this challenge. Each earned a $10 Amazon gift card. They also were invited to a pizza party along with the several other students who read at least four books from the list to qualify to vote for their favorite. Any student who read at least four books was entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire. Our two winners were Ailyn Daruwala and Kaylee Riffer.
Take a moment to think back to your childhood. What is your earliest memory of reading or being read to by someone? That moment in time was when you started to develop language skills that would serve as the foundation for your learning?
Early literacy is so important for developing those critical early reading skills. In support of early literacy community efforts, Donna Corcoran, Barb Mason, Nicki Sutherland, Marcia Zboril, and I have collaborated with the Lake County Health Department’s Reach Out and Read program. Since 2008, we have conducted book drives and have donated 12,173 new or gently used books for Lake County children ages 6 months to 5 years old! Impressive work. And we’re not done yet!
Aahhh, it’s a new year with a promise for a new you. If you’re like me, you enter each year with plans to make changes in your life—maybe you want to lose weight or to spend more time with family and friends.
This year, I’m adding a new resolution to my bucket list. I’m going to challenge myself to read a wider variety of books this year and I challenge you to do the same!
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