As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of a procrastinator. So, as school is starting in two weeks, I decided I should go ahead and get my kids started on their summer reading lists that they were supposed to do over the summer.
The problem I have found (in years past and as well this year) is that the reading list is so obscure that I can’t find any of the books on it. I didn’t have the money to buy 5 books at roughly $8 each for three kids at the end of the school year, and I went to my library’s website to look them up and couldn’t find them.
Now, I had a couple of the ones I needed for my second-grader because I had bought some of them two years ago when my now fourth-grader needed them. However, the book list has changed some, so not all the books I have are exactly the same as the ones I need. And even then I didn’t buy all the books he needed, I just bought a couple.
The books for my kindergartener are mostly picture books, a couple of which I had and some of which I was able to put on hold at the library, even though they weren’t currently available, and I did the same for my second-grader. The main problem I’m having is finding the books for my fourth-grader.
There are twelve books on his list, of which he needs to read four. I have one (just lucky on that one) and one I put on hold at the library. I had never even heard of the other ten. Four are by the same author, and although she may be lovely and have delightful books, I’ve never heard of her and I could only find one the required books on the public library website. And we have a good library system. All the Phoenix libraries are connected, so if any one of them has it you can place a hold on it and they’ll transfer it to your local branch for you and all you have to do is pick it up. Anyway, I placed a hold on the title I needed (it was currently unavailable, so whenever the person who has it returns it then they’ll hold it for me), then proceeded to go through the rest of the list. This author was not even the most obscure one. At least the library had heard of her. The rest of them weren’t even in the system.
Now, I’m all for branching out and reading some new things and even getting some obscure titles, but when it’s so obscure the public library has never even heard of it, there’s something wrong. My hubby emailed the teacher, and she basically said we should’ve ordered them at the end of the last school year, and maybe we’d get lucky and the used book store would have them.
Yes, I know, if I’d started this at the beginning of the summer I’d be a lot less stressed. But seriously, couldn’t they make this process a little less painful if they actually want the students to accomplish these reading goals?
Okay, I’m done ranting now. I hope you’re all enjoying the rest of your summer. Best of luck getting all the things done that need doing before school starts again!