Because in my memory of childhood there is always the smell of bubbling tar, of Pinke Zinke, the briny smell of the sea. It is always summer and I am on Scarborough Beach, blinded by light, with my shirt off and my back a map of dried salt and peeling sunburn. There are waves cracking on the sandbar and the rip flags are up. My mum, brown as a planed piece of jarrah, is reading a novel by John O’Hara…
I believe that if you spend time exploring, swimming, playing sport and enjoying summer, the delights of an outdoor, active, hot Australian holiday can be accentuated by the experience of books and stories.
An imaginary life, vicariously led, is an inner joy for those of us who know this pleasure.
Many of you would have read Tim Winton’s accounts of his reading after long days spent on the Western Australian beaches of his ‘sunburnt’, ‘peeling’ youth. What was it that led Tim to read so much? Did his Mum, ‘brown’ as ‘jarrah’, spending her days relaxing with a book naturalise the experience of reading over summer?
Our school library has many new books, a wildly varying selection, prominently on display. Too many will remain on the shelves over the long summer break.
How do we get students, whose parents do not read, to read over their hols?
I wrote a post about reading, earlier this year, that garnered quite a few thoughtful comments. As the academic year draws to a close we have a week remaining to influence students at our school to spend time reading over their holidays. I am hoping you have advice to share once more.
How do you motivate kids to read in their holidays?
I’d really like to know!
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