Oh, The Joy of Reading!

Reading is a big thing around here. Our after-school program is called Set on Success for a reason: it’s a desire for our kids to succeed. And one way they can do that is through consistent reading.

Kids get lots of opportunities to practice their reading at Urban Vision, between the four dedicated reading class for elementary-aged students to several volunteers who do one-on-one reading tutoring. All of that hard work is paying off: all of our third-grade students are reading at grade level and over fifty percent (50%) of second-graders are reading at beginning third-grade level!

So, during one of our impromptu gab sessions in the front office, a few staff members got together and walked down memory lane, reminiscing about our favorite books. Here’s what we came up with:

Development Coordinator, Jordan Fairfax, shared his favorites:

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

“Walt Disney’s Uncle Remus Stories”

“Why is the Sky Blue”

Regina Lewis, the Volunteer Coordinator, loved these classics as a kid:

“Charlotte’s Web”

The “Little House on the Prairie” series

Anything by Beverly Cleary, especially “Ramona”

UV Executive Assistant, Evie Seifert, enjoyed these selections:

Picture books: Stellaluna, The Velveteen Rabbit, Miss Rumphius, Stone Soup

Chapter books: My Father’s Dragon, the “Little House on the Prairie” series, the Abby series (here’s the first one), and the Redwall series (Redwall is the first one).

Kids Club Coordinator, Fiona Paisley, was quite the reader and shared her favorites:

Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

The 100 cupboards series by N. D. Wilson

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle

The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin

The Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers

Savvy by Ingrid Law

The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers

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