Great Summer Reads

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May 22, 2019

Did you know that reading books over the summer may help prevent the dreaded summer slide? The summer slide is the decline in reading and academic skills that can happen over the long summer break. One way of the simplest ways to slow or even stop the slide is reading. Research shows that reading 20 minutes a day can help keep your child's academic skills sharp.

Not sure what books to read? The National Spelling Bee has put together a list of suggestions. You can find it here. We also asked our faculty and staff for some of their favorites. Here is a list of their suggestions:

Books for Children:

  • The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
  • The Heroes of Olympus (series) by Rick Riordan
  • Magnus Chase & The Gods of Asgard (series) by Rick Riordan
  • The Trials of Apollo (series) by Rick Riordan
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  • The One and Only Ivan by K.A. Applegate
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • 43 Old Cemetery Road (series) by Kate Klise
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
  • Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
YA Books:
  • Anything by James Ponti (Dead City and TOAST series)
  • Nevermoor and Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend
  • Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
  • A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

  Graphic Novels/Comic Books:

  • X-Men
  • Spider-Man
  • The Avengers
  • The Fantastic Four

Books for Adults:

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  • Scythe by Neal Schusterman
  • Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman
  • The Secrets of the Notebook by Eve Haas
  • Anything by Liane Moriarty
  • Anything by Elin Hilderbrand


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