2018-03-19

By Kelsey Lineburg, City Year Baton Rouge Senior AmeriCorps member, proudly serving on the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation team at Kenilworth Science and Technology School.

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations - something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” 
(Katherine Paterson, Author)


In honor of March being #NationalReadingAwarenessMonth, I decided to reach out to several City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members, staff members, school partners and, most importantly, students to learn more about their favorite books. This month (and every month) is a great opportunity to celebrate and accelerate our students’ interest in reading, writing and literacy, and what better way to promote this growth than by putting the spotlight on several of those #CYBookWorms!  As Katherine Paterson said, “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading.”  Thank you to the eight young men that shared their favorite books with me and provided insight as to why their novels of choice are “something worth reading”.

 

 6th Grade Student at Kenilworth Science and Technology School shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness MonthDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

“I would encourage kids to read this book because it’s funny and relatable.”

- 6th Grade Student at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

 

Mr. Crenshaw, 6th Grade Math Interventionist at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness Month

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

“I would recommend this book because it is a book about empowering yourself. It gives you little nuggets that you can use in your everyday life to be successful! You can even read it on your phone or tablet at your convenience like I do!”

- Mr. Crenshaw, 6th Grade Math Interventionist at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

 

Mr. Cisse, 8th Grade Louisiana History Teacher at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness MonthThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“I encourage you to read this book if you want to learn some keys to living a good life. It’s a short, easy to read book for any age that will make you think about your goals in life and how to achieve them!”

- Mr. Cisse, 8th Grade Louisiana History Teacher at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

Shawn Coleman, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington team at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness Month

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“Books are all about transporting you to new worlds, and Roald Dahl is a master of that. Taking what can be deemed as regular, like an ordinary chocolate factory, and turn it into a place where imagination has no limits and seems to run wild. I feel like that’s a lesson for all kids to realize. Your creativity and imagination can lead you to remarkable things.”

- Shawn Coleman, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington team at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

8th Grade Student at Kenilworth Science and Technology School shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness Month

The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

“This book was given to me by a teacher that I really respect and think of as a mother. It is about the struggles of African American men, and it is a good book to read to understand more about my culture.”

- 8th Grade Student at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

Jon Morris, City Year Baton Rouge Impact Manager at Merrydale Elementary School, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness MonthJurassic Park by Michael Crichton

“I love reading because it opens up new ways of thinking, perspectives, and ideas! There are lifetimes of knowledge to gain and worlds to discover.”

- Jon Morris, City Year Baton Rouge Impact Manager at Merrydale Elementary School

 

Aaron Sturgeon, Impact Director at City Year Baton Rouge, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness Month

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute

“In a world where tensions can run high and conflict surrounds us, this book has really opened my eyes to ways I invite resistance and provides practical steps to help things go right rather than focus on what’s wrong. The wisdom of The Anatomy of Peace applies to all aspects of life and is a must-read for anyone who wants better relationships and create lasting change in self and others.”

- Aaron Sturgeon, Impact Director at City Year Baton Rouge

 

Seabron Stewart, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington team at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, shares his favorite book to read in celebration of National Reading Awareness Month

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“I first read Harry Potter in the third grade. The series lit the spark that fueled my desire to shoot for the stars. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the first assigned books that I read in high school. It made me care about doing well in English Language Arts”

-Seabron Stewart, City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member serving on the Irene W. and C. B. Pennington team at Kenilworth Science and Technology School

 

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