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Summer Reading Recommendations

#1 Read a HISTORICAL FICTION book.:

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Any volume of the Dear America or My America series

#2 A book that has been TURNED INTO A MOVIE you have seen before or after you read the book.

  • Any of the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
  • Any of the  Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

#3 Read a SCIENCE-FICTION book.

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

#4 A fiction or non-fiction book about SOMEONE WITH A VERY DIFFERENT LIFE FROM YOURS.

  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba

#5 Read a book that has NOT BECOME A GRAPHIC NOVEL.

  • The One and Only Ivan and its sequel The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Spy School or Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

#6 Read a book TOLD FROM AN ANIMAL'S POINT OF VIEW.

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  • Into the Wild: the first book of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • The One and Only Ivan and its sequel The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
  • Bunnicula and any of its sequels by Deborah and James Howe
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

#7 Read a book that has WON AN AWARD.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

#8 Read or reread a book YOU REALLY LOVE.

YOU tell US!

#9 Read a “CLASSIC” BOOK THAT IS MORE THAN 50 YEARS OLD OR ASK A PARENT FOR THEIR FAVORITE BOOK FROM WHEN THEY WERE YOUR AGE and read it.

  • Call of the Wild or White Fang by Jack London
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Secret Garden or A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

#10 Read a BOOK OF POETRY OR A BOOK TOLD ENTIRELY IN POETRY.

  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha La
  • Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson or any of the "Poetry for Young People" series
  • The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes