Why Read in the Summer?
"Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.” - John Hersey
Studies show that when students don't read over the summer, they lose core reading skills and fall behind when they return to school in the fall. Students who read over the summer maintain and even enhance their skills set in a variety of subjects. We want students to stay on track for the fall and embrace reading fiction, non-fiction, and explore what summer reading has to offer while also embarking on an adventure through reading.
According to a Yale University School of Public Health study, those who read books for 3½ hours a week—or 30 minutes a day—lived about two years longer than their non-reading peers.
Reading does the body good!
Not only can reading add years to your life, reading can help boost your IQ, improve your ability to empathize, reduce your stress, expand your vocabulary, help improve your writing, and the list goes on and on.
The John Hersey High School staff encourages you to take the 30 Minute Reading Challenge. Attempt to read 30 minutes a day and see how many books you can read this summer. Choose any book, but challenge yourself to embrace a new reading adventure…
When you finish any book, take a selfie with your book and tweet it out!
Check off at least 5 items on the list and show Mrs. Alexander, our school librarian, your 5 selfies at the beginning of the school year for a prize!
If you have any questions, contact
Mrs. Alexander or Dr. Grow
about summer reading.
Do you need some help finding a book to read? Fill out this form and Mrs. Alexander will email you some suggestions.