There are many things out of our control in this COVID-19 world. One thing we can control is promoting reading at home for children, even just 20 minutes per day. You’ve heard it on KidsBlog before: reading has a tremendous effect on a child’s academic performance as well as achievement outside of the classroom that will last a lifetime.
Reading for pleasure can extend learning, especially when reading for school may have declined in the current educational setting. Students can explore new people, places, and events beyond their community, and cultivate imagination and empathy for others. Escaping between the pages of an enjoyable book may also help to relax the body, calm the mind, and ease feelings of anxiety fueled by the pandemic.
Browse a sampling of booklists curated by MCFL children’s librarians
Looking for more suggestions? BookConnections is a fantastic student resource available to libraries from the California K-12 Online Content Project. One of the numerous features offered by BookConnections is video book trailers. As an example, watch the entertaining trailer for Jerry Craft’s newest graphic novel Class Act.
If you’re interested in personalized children’s reading suggestions, call our Talk to a Librarian Help Line at 415-473-2272, Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm.
Stay tuned for more bookshelf recommendations on KidsBlog!
Kamleiter, Kaitlyn. (2020, May 13). How to help your kids keep reading during stay-at-home order and distance learning. Children’s Minnesota [website blog]
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