Each year the Calgary Public Library has a Summer Reading Adventure for children. As Malcolm Gladwell points out in Outliers, it’s incredibly important for children to read throughout the summer, so that they’re prepared to return to school in the fall. But the adventure is for adults, too!
Here’s a sneak peek at the adults’ Summer Reading Adventure:
Each assignment is a choice between “Inner Child”, “Armchair Travel”, or “Read from your Gut”, which are three categories that are disparate enough to appeal to just about anyone.
For my first assignment, it’s a bit of a toss-up. Do I choose Inner Child: Digging Deep, and read something about archaeology? Or, do I choose Armchair Travel: Europe? I think I’ll try to conquer both!
For Inner Child: Digging Deep, I’ll choose The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt : the Secret Lineage of the Patriarch Joseph, by Ahmed Osman. I read this some time ago, when I had an unyielding obsession with biblical archaeology, and I loved Osman’s alternative account of the relationship between Egypt and the Jews. If you’re interested in Western religious traditions, and / or ancient history, this book is a must!
For Armchair Travel: Europe, I’ll get a guidebook about Paris. I’m hoping to go in the fall time, so perhaps I’ll spend my summer months researching and planning. I particularly like guidebooks that provide maps for walking tours. There’s no better way to see the city than to walk its streets!
Starting June 17th, drop into your library and start tracking your summer reading adventures. You’ll motivate your kids to keep reading throughout the summer, and you may even win a prize! Good luck!
(Or as they say in Paris, “bonne chance!”)