Summer reading in a foreign language: A tale of two passions.

June 15, 2017 / by Michael Buckenmeyer

You don’t need to hear it from us; summer is here. And while just about everyone (including us!) couldn’t be happier, parents, teachers, and librarians know how important it is for kids to keep their minds active and engaged through summer break. We agree, so we’re pulling our weight in the push for summer page-turning.

Children’s books from around the world.As much as they love it, the weeks spent between the end of one academic year and the beginning of the next put students at risk of the 
“summer slide” – a decline in reading and language skills that manifests after a couple months out of the classroom. But the summer slide can be avoided so long as children and adolescents read every day. Libraries are keenly aware of the important role they play in all this, with examples of their efforts found across the country. Libraries of all sizes, like the New York Public Library or our own Farmington Community Library, host programs to make reading a constant through the summer.


We've been inspired.

After seeing everything our partner libraries do, we’re ready to throw our hats in the ring. Starting this week, we’ll be promoting summer reading the Mango way on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Great literature can be found throughout the world, so over the next couple months we’ll be sharing our favorite reads from cultures around the globe. We’ve started with Rapunzel, a classic fairy tale of German origin which is great for young readers and English learners of all ages. We’re encouraging reading for all ages, so the works we’ve chosen range from the aforementioned fairy tales to some heavier stuff better left to adolescents (we’re looking at you, Dostoyevsky).


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Encourage reading and language learning together.

We’re already fans of how libraries promote summer reading, but we’re making it easy to promote language learning at the same time. Help your patrons turn over a new page on their summer reading lists by spreading the word about two great resources available at your library. Head to Mango Market to grab a whole collection of graphics we made just for summer reading fun.

Most of the action is happening on Facebook and Twitter, so follow us for the easiest access to promotional material you'll find all summer.

Topics: Public Libraries, Language Learning and Culture

Michael Buckenmeyer

Written by Michael Buckenmeyer

Michael is Mango Languages' Social Marketing Specialist. Between writing, designing, and video editing for Mango Languages' social channels, you'll find him practicing his listening skills with Arabic hip hop.

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