Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Social Networks and Summer Reading

by Matt Roberts

The advent of summer heralds the coming of summer reading. English teachers can surely get to those books they haven’t had a chance to read during the school year, and they’ve likely given their students a reading assignment to tide them over until the fall. My fondest summer reading assignment was from the summer preceding seventh grade; I had to report on The Hobbit. I’m looking forward to the movie based on the book to come out this December, of course, but sincerely hope the film won’t fundamentally alter the treasured images I had conjured up in my mind as I enjoyed Tolkien’s mellifluous prose that summer.

The New York Times’ “Learning Network” education blog has sparked a Twitter campaign to discuss summer reading. Whether you’re picking up timeless classics like Brontë’s Jane Eyre (I vividly recall the illustrations from the 1943 edition I pulled off my parents’ shelf for summer reading) or enjoying a recent book like Fforde’s The Eyre Affair, join in the conversation by using the Twitter hashtag #summerreading tomorrow, June 7th. For more details, along with classic essays and articles on summer reading from the Times, see their post here.

In other news, Ray Bradbury, author of perennial classroom classic Fahrenheit 451, has passed away at the age of 91. We at Prestwick House express our condolences to his family and friends. Bradbury was a shining beacon in the literary world, and will be sorely missed.

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