“Kids who don’t have educationally rich summers will be nearly three years behind their peers by the time they reach the end of the fifth grade… Much like we would expect an athlete or a musician’s performance to suffer if they didn’t practice regularly, the same thing is true for young people when it comes to reading performance.”
— Ron Fairchild, Founding CEO, National Summer Learning Association
When visiting a library or bookstore this summer, I hope you find the following lists helpful. – Ms. Pretz ASIJ ES Librarian
Our summer reading theme this year is “Every Hero Has A Story”. There are Many summer reading programs in the United States are also using this theme.
Read Aloud America
Fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Books for Harry Potter Lovers
Watch this video about books for Harry Potter lovers to find out why Elizabeth Bird of the NYPL recommends these middle grade books.
- The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson
- The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
- Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem
- The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
A few NEW library titles coming this August for fans of Harry Potter: Story Thieves by Riley James, Alistair Grim’s Odditorium by Gregory Funaro, The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler, The Book of Storm by Ruth Hatfield, Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks, Gabriel Finley & and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen
OUTSTANDING SUMMER READING LISTS – Professional Organizations
American Library Association
Association for Library Service to Children
Bank Street Books – Best of the Year
Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations
International Reading Association
OUTSTANDING SUMMER READING LISTS – School/Public Libraries
HAISLN Summer Reading Lists 2015
Boston Public Schools
“Read More” by Schools.natlib.govt.nz under creative commons license.
“Every Child A Hero” lists compiled for the Connecticut Department of Education by Linda Williams.