Book of the month club
Igniting Minds Through Daily Reading
Literacy must be the bedrock of all that we do as a system to ensure that our scholars learn to read by the end of second grade. When scholars are exposed to the world around them before Pre-K, it sets them apart in a big world in which they attempt to navigate. By third grade, our scholars must be reading to learn. Literacy will enable our scholars to become owners of their learning, champions for their education, and critical and analytical thinkers equipped to face the many challenges of life.
When scholars cannot read, they are limited to access, equitable opportunities and experiences that will open doors for them. There is no compromise for the ability to read and understand text at high levels. Students, when they learn to read, develop vocabulary that will enable them to conquer the world. Reading more books is not going to create better readers, but one must have a love and appreciation for the art of reading. More importantly, scholars must have the required skills, phonemic awareness, letter recognition and understanding of entomology, which is the study of words to read, write, communicate and master any other areas of academics.
Mastery of academia and the ability to read is the difference between success and defeat. Scholars have a civil right to education, and reading is a significant part of that effort. There IS no substitute.
According to bump.com and Edutopia online resources, the children of parents who read every night to them during the ages from birth to kindergarten enter school with a greater vocabulary and are far ahead of those whose parents didn’t read to them. There is simply no compromise. It’s a must, not a desire.
The Superintendent’s Book of the Month Club is an optional opportunity for scholars K-12. It is encouraged but not mandatory. Schools will adopt the Superintendent’s Book of the Month into their normal school culture. APS has partnered with Akron-Summit County Public Library to ensure the suggested books are available in print or digitally. The books can also be borrowed through SORA on the APS Portal. In addition, schools will incorporate the Superintendent’s One Million Word Initiative, which will be supported by PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies), which is a part of our MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Supports) Model, to be unveiled in the spring of 2024.
Disclaimer: Reading the suggested books listed in the Superintendent’s Book of the Month Club is a choice. Scholars are, however, encouraged to read more books and are not limited to only those listed. There is something for everyone.
- Love, Splat - Rob Scotton
- The Day It Rained Hearts - Felicia Bond
- Ron's Big Mission - Rose Blue and Corinne Naden
- The Snowy Valentine - David Petersen
- Henry's Freedom Box - Ellen Levine
- Love Is - Diane Adams
- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Doreen Rappaport
- The Invisible Boy - Trudy Ludwig
- Goggles! - Ezra Jack Keats
- The Story of Ruby Bridges - Robert Coles
- Love Monster - Rachel Bright
- Slug In Love - Rachel Bright
Middle School Level
- Freedom Walkers - Russell Freedom
- Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham - Christopher Paul Curtis
- Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper
- Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
- Refugee - Alan Gratz
High School Level
- Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
- March - John Lewis
- Black Fortunes - Shomari Wills
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
- Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys
- The Martian - Andy Weir
- The Book Thief - Markus Zusak