SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom today announced the First Partner’s Summer Book Club, a new 10-week initiative to promote children’s literacy and participation in summer reading programs hosted by local libraries throughout the state. Launching on June 7 in partnership with the California State Library, the First 5 Association of California, and First 5 California, the First Partner’s Summer Book Club will feature books that teach kids important social and emotional learning tools and highlight key values like diversity, self-love and acceptance.
“Summer reading programs are crucial tools to keep our children engaged and help unlock their curiosity and passion for learning,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “Through these fun, free summer activities, entire families can build community connections, while children establish a solid foundation for the next academic year.”
The booklist curated by the First Partner features 23 books for children ages 3-12, including:
- Eyes That Kiss in the Corner: a New York Times Bestseller whose young protagonist notices things she has in common with her mother, sister, and amah, and sees her beauty reflected in those connections.
- Outside Inside: a book exploring the changes the world experienced during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, both outside and inside.