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Over 50 Great Books for Summer Reading

Posted by Jamie Dalton

The beach, the pool, fun with friends. Summertime gives kids (and teachers and parents) the opportunity to slow down their life and enjoy friends, family, and a slower pace.  But, during the summer months, it’s very important to keep that mind sharp!  One of the best and most enjoyable ways to learn is to READ, READ, READ!  

According to University of Florida professors Anne McGill-Franzen and Richard Allington “When children are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected children’s books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains" (Bridging the Summer Reading Gap).

Some kids (and adults) are intimidated by reading, but anyone can do it!  A short poem entitled “I Read” by Richard Peck sums it up best:

“I read because one 
life isn’t enough, and 
in the page of a book 
I can be anybody;

I read because the 

words that build 
the story become mind, 
to build my life;

I read not for happy 
endings but for new 
beginnings; I’m just 
beginning myself, and 
I would mind a map;

I read because I have 
friends who don’t, and 
young though they are, 
they’re beginning to 
run out of material;

I read because every 
journey begins at 
the library, and it’s 
time for me to start 

I read because one 
of these days I’m going 
to get out of this 
town, and I’m going to 
go everywhere and meet 
everybody, and I want 
to be ready.”

Media specialists at
Greater Atlanta Christian School have compiled an incredible list of suggested books for your kids to read this summer.  You might enjoy these books for summer too. Stop in at your local bookstore or library and pick some of these up and don't forget these tips for reading success.  It’s a great way to strengthen your mind and creativity, make road trips fly by, and spend time in another world.  

Elementary-aged Summer Reading Suggestions 
Middle School-aged Summer Reading Suggestions  
High School-aged Summer Reading Suggestions 



You can start by reading our latest magazine.  A new issue is coming this summer - stay tuned. You can also read our blog about 4 Tips to Reading Success.

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