What are you Reading this Month? 

September marks National Literacy Month and it’s just in time for students who are gearing up to start a new school year. As an organization that is primarily focused on closing the achievement gap, City Year knows all too well the importance of literacy in a child’s life. Reading can unlock unlimited possibilities for children and create infinite learning pathways, but for a lot of children, it is an everyday struggle. That is why as Corps Members, we not only read to our students, but encourage them to read for pleasure. Check out some of the books that City Year Philadelphia’s Civic Engagement Team read for fun as children and spread the love of reading through this great list. 

Written by Ashley Dunbar
AmeriCorps Member, City Year Baton Rouge '15 and City Year Philadelphia '16

The Giving Tree  by Shel Silverstein

Favorite of: John Coates
Civic Engagement Project Manager 

Recommended Grades: K-2

A Series of Unfortunate Events  by Lemony Snicket

Favorite of: Liam Cummings
External Engagement Senior Corps Member

Recommended Grades: 6-8

The Catcher in the Rye  by J. D. Salinger

Favorite of: Star Taylor
Communications Senior Corps Member

Recommended  Grades: 9-12

The Witches by Roald Dahl  

Favorite of: Andrea Foster
Event Logistics Senior Corps Member 

Recommended Grades: 3-7

The Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Favorite of: Thomas Orange
Service Logistics Senior Corps Member

Recommended Grades: 3-5

The Little Prince  by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite of: Ashley Dunbar
Civic Engagement Team Leader

Recommended Grades: 6-12


Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Favorite of: Dominique Picuri
Project Design Senior Corps Member

Recommended Grades: K-3

The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

Favorite of: Dorothy Wong
Corporate Partnerships Director

Recommended Grades: K-2







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