- they are our book club book
- they are another by our favorite author
- we saw them on display in the book store
- they are part of our favorite genre or our "own little reading club" (Katie Wood Ray's term)
- a friend recommended them
- to stay current
- for a project
- we bought them at a conference
- we have lots of airport/airplane time
1. Adult readers definitely create summer reading lists. But we create them for ourselves and for our own purposes.
2. Even our youngest students learn to choose books that are just right for them. My fourth graders chose books this past school year for every reason on the above list except the conference one. (I had a student who thought very carefully about what book he would take when his family went to India.)
3. Summer reading lists are not the problem. A list as a mandate rather than a suggestion is the problem.