Powerful novels demand that we slow down and process how we are creating and destroying in our lives. The rabbis taught that amidst so much destructive behavior we must stop and reflect upon the world we exist in.
As the summer ends and pre-K through 12 programs begin another school year, it is worthwhile to step back for a moment and reflect on the widespread problem of summer learning loss that occurs among children in primary and secondary schools.
For three nights in a row, after dinner and our nightly blood-oxygen level tests, I read aloud for about 15-20 minutes, while we huddled in the dining tent, wearing warm hats and drinking hot chocolate.
Past the cheesy tourist souvenirs and postcards from my travels, past the scrapbook pictures and fleeting memories, the library was the hallmark of my summer, the product of my labors and token of my adventures. How I spent my summer vacation.
Summer is an ideal time to empower children to master control of their reading lives. By supplementing the reading lists that are sent home with time for the child to match his passions to his reading, we give a child the sense that he is curating his own reading life.
I knew I read the book, taking care with the stickies. I knew I kept it for longer than I should have. I remember distinctly that a little ocean water got on it when I read it on a boating trip. But I didn't recall any details about returning the book.
Summer is an ideal season for jolting your mind into action by expanding your reading horizons. There are plenty of entertaining choices for your reading pleasure, but the following titles are ones that I have enjoyed.
Abstract notions of insurmountable barbed wire fences and 'Gangs of Eight' obscure the importance of the individuals and activists on both sides of the border and all sides of the key issues. Two new books draw these local stories out in deeply interesting and well-researched ways.
If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.