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Summer Reading List

My Summer Reading List

• • • • • • • • • • June 26, 2023 • • • • • • • • • •

Wen I was a kid growing up in a small village, our summer days were ruled by a very rigid calendar.

Wizard of Oz
  1. Get books out of the library.
  2. Go fishing.
  3. Play baseball.
  4. REPEAT.

There were lots of discussions about which fishing lures were the best and what is the best way to throw a curve.

We’d jump on our bikes, put the books in the basket, and head to the nearest pond.

The books, however, were the main event. My goal was to read every single Wizard of Oz book. In case you don’t remember, there were 14. Each book was printed on heavy paper and over 300 pages long.

The best part of this adventure is that our little town library had the original hardbound copies with full color illustrations inside.

Reading was my ticket to a world I didn’t know. To a place where new ideas and new adventures were literally at my fingertips.


The good news is that this special place is available to every child though our public libraries in every corner of San Francisco. And it's free!”

The good news is that this special place is available to every child though our public libraries in every corner of San Francisco. And it's free!

I just compared my reading adventures to the children’s summer reading selections at the San Francisco public library.

Books by age group

They take you way beyond Oz. 

Jump on your bike or muni or take a walk to your nearest public library.

Escape to the world of books and adventures!

Happy reading.

Carol Kocivar is a children’s advocate and lives in the Westside. Feedback:

June 28, 2023

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