The purpose of NYC Reads 365 is to help our kids read for fun.
We know that every book a child reads is one stepping stone on a lifelong journey of learning and growth.
But sometimes getting kids to read for fun can seem like an insurmountable challenge. There are so many obstacles in the way: After-school activities and homework. The lure of digital devices. Assigned reading and preparing for tests. And all of this is compounded when the child is a struggling reader.
How do we move kids from aversion and reluctance to enthusiasm and self-motivation?
The first step is helping kids find a book they truly enjoy, whether it be a graphic novel or a book about animals, giddy romance fiction or a heart-stopping zombie adventure, or just a great story about characters they recognize, perhaps even from their own neighborhood.
The second step is giving kids the space and time and encouragement to read that book -- no strings attached. As education researcher Bernice Cullinan writes, “No one assigns it; no one requires a report; no one checks on comprehension.”
NYC Reads 365 is an initiative from the NYC Department of Education's School Library System.
A team of passionate school librarians read hundreds of books published within the last few years and selected a set of titles for each grade that appeal to as diverse a range of readers as possible. We invite you to share these lists with young readers and help them pinpoint the books that might captivate them.
Project Manager: Janna Morishima
Coordinator: Lynne Kresta Smith
Director of Library Services: Melissa Jacobs