Head of School’s Letter

A Good Read Over February Break

Posted by Joanna on February 14, 2019

One of my favorite pastimes as a child was visiting the public library with my mom, brothers and sister. I treasured the time I spent pouring through books and selecting the precious few to take home. When my children were young, I continued this tradition, and we spent countless hours reading together. I am delighted that they share my love of reading and literature to this day.

The John Newbery Medal, awarded by the American Library Association since 1922, recognizes “the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.”[1] This year’s recipient, author Meg Medina, was recognized for her young adult novel “Merci Suarez Changes Gears” on January 28. Reviewing the Newbery Medal winners brought back fond memories of the many wonderful books that my children and I have read.

February break is a perfect time to go to the library and select a few good books! Reading promotes a rich vocabulary and is the foundational skill of all academics. Your child can travel to new lands, walk in another’s shoes or become lost in a world of fantasy. I’m looking forward to relaxing with a good read myself!

[1]“The John Newbery Medal”, American Library Association, November 30, 1999. http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/aboutnewbery/aboutnewbery (Accessed February 14, 2019)

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