National Reading Day was Sunday, January 23, 2017, but City Year Chicago AmeriCorps members do not need an excuse to crack a good book! We asked them to share with us what books they are reading. Some even shared with us the books their students are reading! Read about their selections and perhaps you will find your next reading selection!
Andrea, who serves on the Wrigley Team at the Howe School of Excellence, is reading “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets” by Simon Singh! She just started reading it because she “recently got into the Simpsons.” “This book is about different aspects of mathematics that the writers slip into the show," says Andrea.
Mac, atthe Stagg School of Excellence is reading “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. “I decided to read this book because, while I know about the flaws in our criminal justice system, I'm ignorant of the facts,” says Mac. “This book equips me with the tools and facts to explain these views."
Alexandra, at the Dulles School of Excellence, and her students are currently reading "I Am Malala." On the bulletin board you will see the work that her students completed once they finished the book. "Malala Yousafzai advocates for women's rights,” says Alexandra. “She is a role model my students' can relate to and look up to. Her words and wisdom empower them to do their best!"
Clark is reading Alex Marwood’s “The Darkest Secret.” She says "this is a mysterious suspenseful story involving death and scandal" When you serve so many hours a day, it is important to read something not related to your service.
Antonio’s students at the Johnson School of Excellence are reading “Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.” The book includes essays from many authors as well as illustrations from well known children’s book artists. During recess, Antonio says his students “were able to learn fun facts and history the White House."
Sarah, the team leader of the McCormick Foundation team serving at Stagg is reading Blanche Weisen Cook’s biography titled Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After.” What is she getting from her book of choice? “You must do the thing you think you cannot do," says Sarah.
What books are you reading? Connect with @CityYearChicago on Instagram and tag us with a photo of you and your book!