When I was little, our tiny local library held a reading contest in the summer. You’d fill out the log and hand it in to the librarian and in late August they’d give you a certificate with the number of books you read and a prize to the one who read the most.
I lied every year I entered.
At the time, I had a book a day habit and while I was introverted and not terribly motivated by social peer groups, I certainly knew better than to be upfront about my reading tendencies. I’d log maybe half of what I actually finished and let the prizes go to someone else. As an adult, it pains me that a little one would feel the need to hide this passion.
These days, I don’t have nearly as much time to read. My goal is to hit 52 for the year. Several years ago, I started tracking how many I get to (just a simple list of title and author). I’ve come close to 52, but still haven’t hit the mark because life. I’m looking pretty good this year. Just signed in book 29 this morning and we’re at the beginning of week 30.
I push reading with my students, often meeting with parents and asking them to read every night and guiding choices. Meaning don’t focus on alphabet or number books and try to limit non-fiction (my students looove non-fiction because it makes more sense) and keep presenting stories. I also encourage them to read the same stories over and over again because that’s what all little ones need—a firm foundation of how stories work to hang the information they’re learning on.
There’s a new group over on Instagram that will be sharing books they are using in therapy (follow #booksharetuesday).
If you’re looking for SLP focused book recommendations, check out Super Power Speech and her virtual book club.
If you’d like to discuss mysteries, you can reply to me directly 🙂