I love summer reading.
Have you read Donalyn Miller's blog post on summer reading and the 7th annual #Bookaday Challenge?
Please allow for some reading freedom this summer. Make sure there is time to read, access to books, free choice of reading material, and family/community involvement.
Re-read old favorites. Read aloud. Read a graphic novel. Read a picture book. Summer reading isn't a competition or a contest to be won. Let reading be its own reward.
"Reading belongs to readers, not to teachers. If we want children to see reading as anything more than a school job, we must give them the chance to choose their own books and develop personal connections to reading, or they never will." -Donalyn Miller
Read together. Read alone. Everybody read.
On that note, I've put together a list of summer reading suggestions that might be of interest.
Fun middle grade series:
Maybe you know a reluctant reader; or maybe you know someone who needs to take reading back to its fun roots and read below his/her Lexile score...
Timmy Failure Series by Stephan Pastis
Stick Dog Series by Tom Watson
Nanny Piggins Series by R. A. Spratt and Dan Santat
I Funny Series by James Patterson
Justin Case Series by Rachel Vail
Big Nate Series by Lincoln Peirce
Thoughtful middle grade books:
These are great books for the big-hearted middle grade or young adult reader...
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The 14th Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Two Books Written in Verse:
Everyone should find time to read these two books this summer...
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
And a few more Middle Grade books
Just to make sure that you have plenty of choice, here are a few more wonderful books...
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Trisha Springstubb and Eliza Wheeler
Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Words With Wings by Nikki Grimes
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Shane Evans
Amazing Graphic Novels
Read anything by Raina Telgemeier; she is the gateway drug to the wonderful world of graphic novels...
El Deafo by Cece Bell
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
The Lunch Witch by Deb Lucke
Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, Greg Salsedo, and Marc Lizano
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Young Adult Fiction
All things John Green and Rainbow Rowell...
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Heir by Kiera Cass (First read The Selection Series if you haven't already. You will love America Singer.)
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige (first read Dorothy Must Die)
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
George by Alex Gino (release date of August 25th)
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (release date August 4th)
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (release date September 22nd - I know that's not summer, but it's Katherine Applegate and you need to know she has a new book coming out!)
For All The Graduates You Know
High School or College...
Congratulations, By The Way by George Saunders
Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
This Is Water by David Foster Wallace
Very Good Lives by JK Rowling
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
Consolations by David Whyte
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant
The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton
How To Be Great At Doing Good by Nick Cooney
I have three books that I plan to read aloud this summer...
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks
(There's an animal rights theme here. Feel free to come up with your own theme. I would love to hear about it.)
Books I plan to read with my teenager
Unless by Carol Shields
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
To People in Their 20s - From Tiny Beautiful Things:
If you could give one piece of advice to people in their twenties, what would it be?
To go to a bookstore and buy ten books of poetry and read them each five times.
Because the truth is inside.
Anything by Billy Collins, but especially Aimless Love and The Trouble with Poetry.
Anything by Mary Oliver, but especially A Thousand Mornings and Why I Wake Early and Collected Poems and Blue Horses.
And... Marie Howe's The Kingdom of Ordinary Time and What the Living Do.
But... any ten books of poetry read five times each should do.
HAPPY READING! HAPPY SUMMER!