Tag Archives: Summer Reading

A boatload of book lists!

sunset sailingWe didn’t want you to have to worry about running out of reading material this summer, so we have compiled a boatload of book lists in the hope that the biggest problem you’ll run into is choosing what to read first! The lists are diverse, featuring everything from YA, famous authors recommending obscure books, and books about food (including cookbooks). Now you can sail off into the sunset with your new favorite book.

 21 brilliant books you’ve never heard of

Books to help young people struggling with mental health issues

Book winners from the International Association of Culinary Professionals

June 2016 reading list from Library Reads

YALSA booklists (look in the left frame for booklists)

Books read and recommended by successful people

From the recent Book Expo of America: this list of the best children’s books

Bonnaroo reading list


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Summer reading list for teens

Are students asking you for titles to read this summer? Recently, we did a post about the YALSA top ten nominees list. Here are some more titles to suggest to your students, from YALSA’s 2016 Best of the Best awards. Tip: Ask your students if they have a public library card in order to keep them reading all summer long!

YALSA 2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults (see the other categories and winners here)

simon vs.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertall
 six of crows   Six of Crows by Bardugo, Leigh
bunker diaryThe Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
  audacity   Audacity by Melanie Crowder 
  shadowshaperShadowshaper by Daniel José Older         
x a novel X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
boy in the black suitThe Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

bone gap


Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
challenger deep
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

more happy than


More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera


Books for teen writers and poets

highlighted readingFollowing the month of April, which was National Poetry Month, we are coming up on summer! A time when teens may have more time available to read and write their own content. Looking for a way to encourage a teen writer or poet? Check out this booklist!

They feature several different categories, including one titled “Nonfiction: Writers on Writing” featuring familiar names like Stephan King and Stan Lee. Reading about the obstacles and challenges that faced famous writers may be just the encouragement a young writer needs.

Finally, for anyone struggling to encourage young readers to become interested in poetry, this may be the answer you need. You’ve probably heard of the musical Hamilton by now. The book Hamilton: The Revolution includes a behind-the-scenes look at the hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton. The book also includes the hip-hop poetry of rapper and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. Maybe putting poetry in a different context will make it more accessible and appealing to teens, and maybe even inspire them to write their own?

Happy writing!

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Free, live webcast with author Kate DiCamillo

8katedicamilloThis one sneaked up on us, the timeline to register is short, but it is too good to not share!

Join two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship. Sign up now! Sponsored by Candlewick Press, you are encouraged to set up a class assembly for this live event, so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate. To view the LIVE webcast, sites need just an internet connection and web browser.

DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading, which will probably reinforce what you have already told them.

Moderated by John Schumacher (Mr. Schu) – http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00-11:00 AM CDT

Register Here!

Sorry, this one will not be available in an archived format!


Booklist! 25 novels to help you escape

RhB_ABe_4-4_III_Kreisviadukt_BrusioThis is not an ordinary booklist! Instead, it’s a list of destinations you can choose to go when you begin reading. Whether you are looking for an engrossing summer read, or as the article suggests, looking for an escape from the ever-uglier election season, this list is one you should keep close!

On a personal note, I’ve enjoyed a few from the list, most recently Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. The contrast between the tech-savvy San Francisco setting of the story and the mysterious history of the bookstore make for a delightful read. Other favorites from the list include I Capture the Castle, Pride and Prejudice, and of course, The Princess Bride.


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