Summer and a good book go together like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Frog and Toad, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, Winnie the Pooh and, well, you get the idea. And in case you are wondering what to read this summer, we have one hundred and fifty-five suggestions of juicy books into which you can sink your teeth. Whether you are lounging at home, reclining in a hammock, cooling off at the pool, catching some rays at the beach, going on a road trip, flying in a plane, or visiting grandma, you can take your favorite Bookshare books with you.
The Bookshare team has hand-picked a wide variety of wonderful books for all ages:
- Recommended reading for young children
- Recommended reading for middle school students
- Recommended reading for teens
- Recommended reading for adults
Here’s a taste of the kinds of books you can find on each list.
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? By Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
A nose for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this interactive guessing book that was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid — but his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Over three million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonder, and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
Make Summer Reading Even More Fun with Bookshare Bingo
To increase the fun quotient even more, join us for the Bookshare Bingo summer reading event. Here’s how it works:
- Discover and read fun and interesting books.
- Complete a row, column, or diagonal on the Bingo card by reading books in select book categories.
- Submit your Bingo card starting June 15.
If you get a Bingo, you’ll get a free gift from Bookshare (while supplies last). Visit the Bookshare Bingo page for more information!
Tips for Parents to Encourage Summer Reading
Our goal is to help increase motivation, interest, and engagement for all readers, especially younger ones. We hope the combination of Bookshare Bingo, summer reading lists, and the helpful tips below will encourage readers throughout the summer and beyond:
- Let kids read whatever they want – nothing is too easy.
- Try echo reading – read a page and then have your child read the same page (or take turns reading alternate pages).
- Read aloud through middle school – a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to listening level until about eighth grade, according to a study.
- Plan reading “dates” – parent and child each take a favorite book to the park or coffee shop and read silently for ten minutes.
- Don’t force kids to finish a book that’s too difficult, frustrating, or uninteresting
- Celebrate the completion of each book and post a list for all to admire.
Bookshare can help make summer reading a priority and a delight. Enjoy a book today.