Super series for kids' summer reading

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 04:05:08 PM. School is almost out, and kids are looking forward to a long, relaxing summer. But teachers and many parents worry about the 'summer slide' — a deceptively cheery term describing how skills, especially reading skills, tend to slip during a hundred days of school-free bliss.
School is almost out, and kids are looking forward to a long, relaxing summer. But teachers and many parents worry about the "summer slide" — a deceptively cheery term describing how skills, especially reading skills, tend to slip during 100 days or so of school-free bliss. But bliss and books don't have to be mutually exclusive. And while many children come home from the last day of school with summer reading assignments, studies like the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report have found that kids "overwhelmingly" prefer books that they have picked out themselves. So I asked young readers which books they would recommend to their peers. Almost everyone picked multivolume series — series fiction lets readers dive right into the action, because they already know the characters and are familiar with the setting. And series that are well underway are preferred; nobody likes having to wait for the next book. The Middle School Book Club of the Parkville Library unanimously endorses "Amulet," a graphic novel series by Kazu Kibuishi. "It starts off a little sad," says Magnus Larson, 9, "but then they go to this crazy world with a walking house." Lucia Schmidt, who is 14, adds, "There's a robot rabbit named Miskit. How can you not love that?" Six volumes of "Amulet" are available, with a seventh on the way. Jeffrey F. Bill / Baltimore Sun Paula Willey is a librarian at the Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.  Paula Willey is a librarian at the Parkville...Read more
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