Summer Reading -Feeding The Writer




Books For Summer
-Feeding The Writer

My Summer Reads

It is comforting to have assembled a collection of books ready for my summer of reading. These books will nourish my need for knowledge, challenge my thinking and sustain my writing life.

As a life long learner, books provide the necessary spark for progressively chipping away at my ignorance. 

I love it when I see heads bowed in pursuit of understanding as readers of all ages lose themselves in a book. I love the privacy of reading and the public sharing that often follows. I love the notion of books as travelling companions and guides. I love that a book can make me ambitious. A book has the capacity to be transformative. A book can help me escape and take me to new worlds and offer new ideas, propositions and understandings. A book can challenge my current beliefs and prejudices.

I draw much comfort from knowing books are inseparable from my view of myself as a writer. Over the years I have lost count of the times I have informed students and teachers, ‘You can’t be a writer unless you’re a reader.’ 



Our lives as literate beings should be shared daily with the students with whom we work. Our reading and writing lives should be joyfully on display. We should make the connection a clearly obvious one. There is no more powerful model for children than to be in the company of an adult who celebrates their status as a visibly literate person.


And so the books in my personal library continue to grow in number. They continue to inform me. They nourish my thirst for knowledge, and they help me remain credible as an educator. My passion for reading and writing hopefully shines through in the work I do. Everyday, I bring with me all the reading I have ever done. It is the prior knowledge I tap into when linking reading and writing. I frequently remind students and teachers that they too bring this rich treasure with them when they enter their shared learning space. 

I am grateful to my parents and teachers who all those years ago laid the foundations for the reading life I continue to celebrate. It is what guided me towards writing. For that, I will remain eternally grateful.

And so this summer, I will see readers on the beaches, in cafes, sitting in parks, libraries or at home feeding the need to know. Knowledge is power and books remain a powerful agent.

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