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Lessons from Summer Reading

Summer reading is a staple among most middle schools and high schools. I was recently revisiting some of the books I read for summer reading. One in particular is burned in my memory. I hated “Tears of a Tiger” by Sharon Draper. At the beginning, two high school boys are in a drunk driving accident and one dies. At the end, the other kills himself. In general, I personally prefer to shelter children from this kind of story. When I read, I prefer it to be for enjoyment and I hate sad things, but I had to read that book for school. While I disliked it, I will never forget it.

Often, schools require books that deal with adult themes. Sometimes we wish to shelter our children from such ideas, but these stories deal with concepts in a way that is manageable to children. Sometimes, these books can make more of a difference in a child's life. The best way to deal with summer reading that discusses adult themes is to have conversations about them with our children. In the end, they can have a large impact on children's lives.


By Olivia Noli, Social Media Manager, WORLDS AWAITING


At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.

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