Summer Reading

Summer Reading 

Summer is a great time for reading. You can read outside at the pool, on the porch, or inside in the air conditioning. Reading is important for keeping school skills sharp in the summer. Daily reading can put children almost a year ahead of students who are not reading/being read to. We’ve compiled a reading list below on book suggestions. 

Pizza Hut is bringing back their “Book It” program for children through 6th grade. It started in 1984 and is the largest/longest running corporate sponsored reading program. The program is free and fun to do. You can help a child set a monthly reading goal (number of pages, minutes, books, etc) and once they reach their goal, they can redeem a certificate for a free one topping personal pan pizza. Click the link above for more information on the program. 

Most local libraries have summer reading programs for children where they can earn points/prizes for reading and other activities. Here is the information for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Summer Reading Program. The program, which runs through August 14th, encourages everyone to read for 30 minutes a day. Other learning activities (writing, creating, exploring, etc) count toward reading totals. Participants can track their activity and collect incentives/badges. 

Fictional Beach Reads for Adults

That Summer, Jennifer Weiner

All Together Now, Matthew Norman

Blush, Jamie Brenner

Golden Girl, Elin Hilderband

Young Adult Fiction

Hurricane Summer, Asha Bromfield

Heatwave, Victor Jestin

Little Brother: A Refugee’s Odyssey, Ibrahima Balde/Amets Arzallus

Children’s Literature

The Bench, Meghan Markle

When Lola Visits, Michelle Sterling

I Will be Fierce, Bea Birdsong

Stella Diaz has Something to Say, Stella Diaz

Enjoy reading this summer! It’s a great option when you’re trying to limit your screen time. Set a goal for yourself and track your progress. Join a book club. Check out Barnes and Noble or Park Road Books for additional titles to read. Take advantage of local used book stores, Amazon Unlimited, or the library for budget friendly ideas.

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