Happy Read Across America Day! At City Year, every day is a reason to get our students excited about reading and help build those fundamental literacy skills. We understand that reading is the foundation to succeeding in core subjects and also a great way for our young scholars to exercise their imaginations! Finding the perfect book to capture our students’ attention can be a challenge, so we reached out to our bookworms and asked them to share their current favorites. Here are some of our top picks:
Cat and the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Quote: “The Cat and the Hat is my favorite book because it is fun to read. It is silly and I like the pictures!” – Kindergartener in New Orleans, New Orleans Public Schools
Dinosaurs by Luis Rey
Quote: “I love to learn about how dinosaurs are born from eggs. This book told me that they are not afraid of predators. The pictures show me what dinosaurs looked like.” – Third-Grader in New Orleans, New Orleans Public Schools
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins
Quote: “I like my book because I like diapers. I think super diaper baby is awesome.” – Second-Grader in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Public Schools
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
Quote: “You don’t know what is going to happen next, it’s surprising and interesting. It helps you know what middle school might be like.” – Fourth-Grader in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Public Schools
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Quote: “I recommend this book because it shows that Greg has always been in a hurry to grow up but then he realizes it isn't as exciting as he thinks it is. It is a hilarious book and it is a real life situation that kids can relate to." – Fifth-Grader in Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Quote: "I recommend this book because it is adventurous and suspenseful. I really like the fairies in this book. I cannot wait to read more of the books in this series!" – Sixth-Grader in Jacksonville, Duval County Public Schools
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