Some teachers like to get back all their classroom library books before the school year ends. I was not that teacher. Check â€˜em out, read â€˜em, and share â€˜em. A dog-eared, weathered book returned in fall (or not) is an ideal book in my book.
And we all know this: when kids independently read during June, July and August, it works wonderfully against whatâ€™s known as Summer Slide.
And here's another reason why I didnâ€™t mind checking out books over the summer, and even not getting some returned: Iâ€™ve had the opportunity over the last two years to ask about a hundred students at an urban middle school (many who are English learners) how many books they have in their homes. â€œOh, lots!â€ some will answer. When I ask these students how many books exactly, they will answer at most 10, maybe 15. Sometimes they answer less, or they tell me "none." Often times these are books theyâ€™ve already read or are books for small children.
This is a problem.