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And suddenly, this very strange school year is ending. This is the last blog post this year with the type of themed content that has stood in for normal library visits since March 16. The theme this week is summer. Below are ebook versions of some of the books on this year's district summer pleasure reading lists. I've put the lists right here or you can link to the summer reading page on this website, where a lot of the previous years' lists can also be found. The Weekly Readalouds are either of books on the 2020 reading lists (TK, 1st, 2nd, 3rd) or of my favorite heading-into-summer picture books (K, 4th, 5th). Summer reading is not required for elementary students in our district. Students entering 6th grade at MBMS do have required reading: three books from the list (below), at least one of which must be nonfiction. So while you and your students might choose to read books not on the lists, I do hope everyone enjoys reading every single day this summer.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library resource specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal