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    Seattle Super Readers Select Books for Summer Reading
    Posted on 06/25/2019
    A student holds up a Seattle Super Reader sticker and smiles for a photo

    Seattle Super Readers Select Books for Summer Reading

    This week marks the last week of school for all Seattle Public Schools students, but for Seattle Super Readers, this week celebrates the beginning of an exciting summer reading journey! On June 24 and June 25, librarians, teachers, and staff gathered in school libraries to help kindergarten through 3rd grade students pick out 10 books that appealed to them to read over summer break. Read more about Seattle Super Readers.

    A student and teacher look at books to select togetherSummer reading is part of the Seattle Super Readers initiative at Seattle Public Schools and a priority of the new strategic plan. Unlike past plans, this one is in fact strategic and laser-focused on supporting students of color, those furthest away from educational justice, beginning with African American males. Read more about the Seattle Public Schools strategic plan.

    Our goal is for 100% of students to read well by 3rd grade and research shows that daily reading—just 20 minutes per day—can help prepare students for success. Seattle Super Readers is a campaign that is entirely focused on meeting this goal. From the bus stop to the boardroom, all of Seattle Public Schools will be focused on early literacy in school year 2019-20.

    In total, 31,650 books were provided to our youngest readers. The two-day book fair was held at schools across the district that have high representation of students of color, particularly African-American males.

    A young student smiles in a room with other childrenStudents were encouraged to select books that interested them. Omar, a kindergarten student excitedly chose “Kersplatypus” by Susan K. Mitchell. “I picked it because of the cover!” said Omar whose mother accompanied him as he chose books to put into his red Seattle Super Reader bookbag.

    To support Seattle Super Readers and families, some school libraries will be open over the summer. Please check the Seattle Super Reader announcement for summer school library hours and locations.

    We are also pleased to partner with the Seattle Public Library’s “Summer of Learning” program. Visit any library branch, or the Seattle Public Library website for more information about hundreds of free programs and to learn how to win prizes for reading this summer.

    Connect with us online and let us know how your summer reading is going. Let’s get reading, Seattle Super Readers! #SeattleSuperReaders