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On Summer Clark’s “What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading” (from 2017)

“Our library harbors a large supply of early readers. I helped him choose a stack that I found to be at an appropriate beginner level, with few words per page, basic beginning sight words, repetition of frequently used spelling patterns, and engaging topics that related to his interests — all of which I hoped would set him up to succeed in his task.”

When literacy education professor Summer Clark’s son announced he was going to learn to read, she was ready with the latest research and theories. Her professional expertise gave them both a leg up, and Miles made great strides the summer before first grade. What Miles’s mom didn’t expect, though, was how his experience would lead her to a deeper understanding of reading fluency.

Summer tracks their reading journey and her own paradigm shift in “Books in the Home: What My First Grader Taught Me About Reading,” published in the September/October 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. My takeaway? The work is never really done: “We can all always become better readers.”


Don’t miss Summer’s previous Family Reading post, “Raising a Feminist.”

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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