45 Captions For Summer Reading & Being Booked Up All Season
Growing up, you couldn’t wait to make a dent in your summer reading for school. It was a fun challenge to check off every book, and now, you're in charge of your own reading list. Showcase your choices by posting some pics paired with these Instagram captions for summer reading . By sharing a cute reading selfie or artsy snap of your book and iced matcha, you may even inspire your friends to join you on your very own summer reading adventure.
After all, the first thing you want to do after reading a good book is spill the tea with someone else who has read it. By posting what you’re reading, you’re inviting a conversation to happen. Start a book exchange within your crew. Let your friends know that you're willing to trade whatever you're reading for something off of their shelf. That way, a cute selfie of you hanging out in the backyard and reading will not only get you a ton of likes on the 'Gram, but also more books on your summer reading list.
Plan a day of lounging on your favorite pool float or make a super cozy reading nook inside, and dive headfirst into some books. Since you'll be lost in the stories, use these 45 summer reading captions to make posting easier.
1. "Breakfast nook for one."
2. "Happiness is a juicy read."
3. "The best is when you find a book you can't put down."
4. "Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be."
5. "Books have allowed me to travel way more than my passport."
6. "Everyone is a reader. Some just haven't found their favorite book yet."
7. "I like to travel in the summer, which is why I read."
8. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss
9. "All I need is a good book and a glass of lemonade."
10. "My summer reading shelfie."
11. "I got lost this summer in a bunch of books."
12. "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." — Marcus Tullius Cicero
13. "Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." — Mason Cooley
14. "Reading is my favorite summertime activity."
15. "Start every summer morning with a good book and a cup of coffee."
16. "Reading is fun-damental."
17. "What a novel idea to read in the summertime."
18. "Summers are always my favorite chapters."
19. "Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August." — Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
20. "I decided to treat my shelf this summer."
21. "My summer weekends are all booked up."
22. "I like traveling in the summertime... to the library and bookstore."
23. "I like big books and I cannot lie."
24. "Let's taco 'bout books and my lunch."
25. "Reading while sunbathing makes me well red."
26. "Sorry I'm being a little shelf-ish this summer."
27. "This weekend is gonna be lit-erary."
28. "Enjoying some palm reading in this hammock."
29. "I'd rather bee reading this summer."
30. "The only club I'm going to this summer is my book club."
31. "Reading vibes only."
32. "Reading... a vacation for the mind." — David Barry
33. "Summer is for reading good books in cozy little nooks."
34. "With a dreamy, far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book." — Beauty and the Beast
35. "Bookmarks are for quitters."
36. "Felt cute. Might read more books this summer."
37. "About to dive right into this book."
38. "Reading makes me a happy camper."
39. "My favorite summer romance is the one found within a book."
40. "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." — St. Augustine
41. "Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere." — Mary Schmich
42. "Wine not read a book this summer?"
43. "Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy." — Charlaine Harris
44. "A library is full of new worlds to travel to."
45. "I'm that kid who read everything on the summer reading list."
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Summer reading lists have a certain nostalgic magic to them. They hearken back to days when getting lost in literature stretched summer break just a bit longer. Even now, with year-round work and too-short vacations, the best summer reads bring endless possibilities and excitement. And the variety of genres means there’s something for everyone.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the must-read books of summer. With travel picking up and more outdoor spaces (aka ideal reading spots) open, it’s the perfect time to devour some of the best summer reads ever written. These books are critically acclaimed and well-reviewed best sellers. And many were chosen by Reader’s Digest editors and readers like you. Here, you’ll find the best books of all time , fiction books , beach reads , fantasy novels , romance novels , mystery books , historical fiction , and more.
So shake out that beach towel, lay it on an empty stretch of sand or your freshly mowed lawn, grab a glass of pink lemonade, and get lost in worlds and words that’ll bring wonder to your summer. You might not have a monthslong school vacation to lounge around with some good books, but that shouldn’t stop you from tackling this grown-up summer reading list in your free time.
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1. Florida Woman by Deb Rogers
Release date: July 5, 2022
For fans of: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and The Girls by Emma Cline
2. Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So
Release date: August 3, 2021
For fans of: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang
Featuring different perspectives on the Cambodian American diaspora in California, Anthony Veasna So’s bite-sized short stories in Afterparties have a satirical wit and frenetic energy that will immerse you in the community’s quirks, complex social and racial politics, and family dramas. So explores the generational trauma carried over from the survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide as well as the poverty and inequities Cambodians face in the United States as well. But these short stories maintain a dark humor that will make you snort and a tender humanity that celebrates the community. Published posthumously, Afterparties won the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book.
3. Gilt by Jamie Brenner
Release date: June 21, 2022
For fans of: Blush by Jamie Brenner and The Vacationers by Emma Straub
A light yet juicy family drama set in upper-crust Manhattan and Provincetown, Massachusetts, Gilt follows the women of the wealthy Pavlin family and their jewelry dynasty. The dysfunctional family has been splintered by a so-called cursed Electric Rose diamond, and outcast Gemma, a talented jewelry designer in her own right, seeks to reclaim it—as well as revenge, power, and love. If you love gossip and diamonds, or are a big women’s fiction reader, best-selling author Jamie Brenner’s latest is the perfect poolside read for you.
4. T he Floating Girls by Lo Patrick
Release date: July 12, 2022
For fans of: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Don’t sleep on Lo Patrick’s powerful coming-of-age and family drama set in the humid backwaters of Georgia. It’s told from the perspective of a precocious tomboy, 12-year-old Kay, but this isn’t a children’s book . Instead, The Floating Girls has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird , thanks to its child narrator, exploration of heartbreaking family secrets, and highlighting of social issues.
5. beasts of a little land by juhea kim.
Release date: December 7, 2021
For fans of: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Spanning nearly five decades—from 1917 to 1965—Juhea Kim’s debut historical fiction highlights the powerful red threads of fate as the lives of a tiger hunter, a celebrated courtesan, and a Japanese officer intersect in Korea. This gorgeously written epic follows the improbable friendships, love affairs, and tragedies that occurred during Japanese occupation. And while the story is set during a dark period of history, Kim makes sure to emphasize the unbeatable spirit and joy of Korean people. After finishing Beasts of a Little Land , make sure to check out these other books by Asian authors .
6. A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande
Release date: March 15, 2022
For fans of: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Reyna Grande’s romance epic was inspired by the true story of Saint Patrick’s Battalion, a unit of several hundred immigrants who defected from the U.S. Army to fight with the Mexican Army during the Mexican-American War, from 1846 to 1848. Against this backdrop is the passionate love affair between John Riley, the Irish immigrant who formed the Battalion, and Ximena Salomé, a healer at the front lines. Well researched and carefully crafted, A Ballad of Love and Glory is perfect for history buffs and anyone looking to read more fiction from Latinx authors .
7. Belle Greene by Alexandra Lapierre
Release date: June 14, 2022
For fans of: Passing by Nella Larsen and Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Born into a prominent family of Black intellectuals, the brilliant and charismatic Belle de Costa Greene became the director of J.P. Morgan’s prestigious library in the early 1900s—by passing as white. Alexandra Lapierre tackles the true story of Greene’s fascinating life from a fictional lens, covering her rise in the ranks of New York City society and defiance of the boundaries of racism and sexism. Meticulously detailed and captivating, Belle Greene joins the ranks of other must-read books about race relations in America and is sure to delight art and rare books lovers.
8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Release date: August 14, 2018
For fans of: T he Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
With the film adaption coming out on July 15, Where the Crawdads Sing is worth a read (or reread). Zoologist Delia Owens’s debut novel follows Kya Clarke, who learns to survive in the marshes of North Carolina by herself, becoming the ostracized “Marsh Girl.” Kya’s survival skills are put to the test again when she gets implicated in the murder of her small town’s golden boy. More than 12 million copies of this haunting yet fierce book have been sold, making it one of the best summer reads of all time.
9. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
For fans of: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
This New York Times best seller has it all: twins, trauma, murder, romance, and of course, wolves. Gorgeously written, spellbinding, and visceral, Once There Were Wolves is told from the perspective of Inti, a fierce biologist who is spearheading a wolf-reintroduction project in the Scottish highlands. Inti inevitably meets opposition from the area’s farmers and finds herself caught up in a web of lies when one of the farmers turns up dead and she must make a difficult decision to keep her wolves safe. Perfect for nature lovers, this lush novel approaches the whodunit from a fresh angle, and it will both break your heart and make you want to run wild and free in the woods.
10. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
Release date: February 22, 2022
For fans of: The Guest List by Lucy Foley and The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
From the deeply twisted yet brilliant mind of Lucy Foley, this stylish best-selling psychological thriller follows Jess, whose romanticized vision of Paris is dashed when she crashes with her brother only to find him missing. As Jess meets his unsavory, secretive neighbors one by one, she realizes the city of love is a lot darker and grimier than she expected. The Paris Apartment will keep you guessing until the very end. It may be pure fiction, but fans of true crime novels will gobble it right up.
11. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
Release date: June 07, 2022
For fans of: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Stories are layered like cake in this clever murder mystery, and you’ll be gobbling them up to find out who committed the crime. At its core, four strangers happen to be sitting at the same table in the reading room of the Boston Public Library when a woman’s screams echo throughout the library. They strike up a conversation and bond over their alibis. Of course, one of them is the murderer. With its unique narrative structure, classic misdirection, and compelling characters, Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library is perfect for crime-mystery-thriller lovers.
12. The Hidden One by Linda Castillo
Release date: July 05, 2022
For fans of: Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Chief of police Kate Burkholder thought she’d left her Amish life behind, but she finds herself personally involved when the elders of an Amish community in Pennsylvania come to her for help solving a cold-case murder—and her first love is the accused. Even if you haven’t read any of the other books in the Kate Burkholder series, The Hidden One offers a fascinating window into Amish life and some of the dark secrets that may lurk within. This can be an entertaining, action-packed audiobook to download and listen to while traveling, if you prefer to travel light.
13. T he Other Guest by Helen Cooper
Release date: July 26, 2022
For fans of: T he Downstairs Neighbor by Helen Cooper and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
In this captivating slow-burner, dark secrets lurk beneath a luxurious lakeside resort in Italy with mysterious connections to a handsome bartender in England. Helen Cooper deftly navigates between what seems like two completely separate narratives bundled in The Other Guest : One involves a murder hushed up by the victim’s own family, and the other involves a blossoming romance. You’ll be hooked on trying to solve this puzzle!
14. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Release date: April 20, 2021
For fans of: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
As its title suggests, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (lead singer of Japanese Breakfast) will have you both reaching for tissues and deeply craving Korean food. This heartbreaking and intimate memoir is an expansion of Zauner’s viral 2018 New Yorker essay, in which she explored her relationship with her Korean immigrant mother from childhood to her mother’s death from cancer. Consistent throughout the memoir is the theme of how love is expressed and fortified through food, and it’s Zauner’s ability to capture this universal truth that skyrocketed the book to best-sellerdom (it even made President Obama’s “Favorite Books of the Year” roundup). Once you’re done with Crying in H Mart , be sure to check out these other mother-daughter books .
15. Finding Me by Viola Davis
Release date: April 26, 2022
For fans of: Becoming by Michelle Obama
While celebrity memoirs can feel overdone at times, that’s not the case with Viola Davis’s Finding Me . The Academy Award–winning actress delves deep into a life filled with poverty, abuse, generational trauma, and racism—as well as joy and love. Davis bares everything, from being born on a plantation in South Carolina to the difficulties of getting cast in acting roles created for lighter-skinned Black women. This Oprah’s Book Club pick is raw and heartbreaking, but it’s ultimately a deeply personal and hopeful love letter to Black girls with big dreams. Here are some more books by Black authors to add to your reading list.
16. T anqueray by Stephanie Johnson and Brandon Stanton
For fans of: Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton and Just Kids by Patti Smith
Outrageously funny, raw and unfiltered, and quintessentially New York City, the true-life story of Tanqueray will seduce and fascinate you. The millions of social media followers of Humans of New York were first introduced in 2019 to Stephanie Johnson and her unorthodox life as Tanqueray, one of the best-known burlesque dancers in 1970s New York City. For nonfiction books , this one is almost stranger than fiction. Filled with tales of dirty cops and mobsters, unlikely friendships, and love, Tanqueray serves tea piping hot in this exciting tell-all.
17. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Release date: April 06, 2010
For fans of: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther
Although this YA romance is over a decade old, it’s the quintessential summer read and, with the TV adaptation now on Amazon Prime Video, worthy of a reread. The Summer I Turned Pretty features an idyllic beach house, a coming-of-age story, and a sun-kissed love triangle. In true Jenny Han fashion, the book will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy and nostalgic, cementing it as one of the best summer reads for teens and adults alike. A certain subplot will tug your heartstrings (and probably have you reaching for the tissues)—consider yourself warned!
18. Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
Release date: June 7, 2022
For fans of: Book Lovers by Emily Henry and How to Fake It in Hollywood by Ava Wilder
In this fun, somewhat meta rom-com, successful romance screenwriter and recent divorcée Nora sells a script based on her failed marriage, and movie star Leo Vance is cast in the role of her husband. After filming wraps, Leo immediately charms Nora’s two kids—and, of course, Nora. What makes Nora Goes Off Script special is how it highlights single motherhood and the ways in which children can both complicate new romance and make it even more heartwarming. It’s the feel-good book you didn’t realize you needed.
19. The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
Release date: July 19, 2022
For fans of: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood and The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Gender roles get flipped in New York Times best-selling author Katherine Center’s latest romance novel, The Bodyguard . Petite and unsuspecting—but totally deadly—Hannah Brooks is hired as a bodyguard to protect actor-heartthrob Jack Stapleton. Throw in a fake-dating trope, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a classic feel-good rom-com. But it’s the witty banter and Hannah’s truly impressive set of skills that make this one stand out from the rest. If you’re a fan of swoony romance à la Colleen Hover, pick up this title.
20. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Release date: January 28, 1813
For fans of: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Emma by Jane Austen
The enemies-to-lovers trope may be a romance reader favorite, but nobody does it like Jane Austen, the writer who made it famous with Pride and Prejudice . Creators are still calling on her masterful novel today—most recently, the story was adapted into Fire Island , Joel Kim Booster’s gay summer rom-com. If the last time you read this beloved classic was in high school English class, you’re due for a reread. Set in the Regency era, this romance novel follows the five Bennet sisters in their quest for marriage, specifically whip-smart Elizabeth Bennet, who butts heads with cold but wealthy bachelor Mr. Darcy. Witty and heartwarming, Pride and Prejudice remains one of the most famous classic books of all time, as well as one of the first and best summer reads.
21. The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Release date: June 28, 2022
For fans of: The Mediator series by Meg Cabot and The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert
Not your typical tropey rom-com, The Dead Romantics features a cynical romance ghostwriter who can see ghosts and her swoonworthy editor, who needs her manuscript by deadline. When Florence Day (perhaps the rom-comiest of rom-com names) learns her father has passed away, she goes to her hometown for the funeral—and finds her editor there as well. The novel is absurdly funny and whimsical but also explores some heavier themes, like loss and grief, with heartfelt honesty, and that’s exactly why The Dead Romantics earned a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly .
22. Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst
Release date: August 16, 2022
For fans of: I t Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey and Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay
In an effort to fix her life, 49-year-old Lucy decides to take what seems like a dream job: managing the Hotel Paradis in Rennes, France. While she expected glamour, she finds that fixing a rundown hotel is a bigger task than she expected. Dee Ernst’s fun and heartwarming novel proves that it’s never too late to get a fresh start, make new friends, and find love. And with beautiful descriptions of the French countryside and food, Lucy Checks In is the perfect read for Francophiles.
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23. t his time tomorrow by emma straub.
Release date: May 17, 2022
For fans of: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub and Faye, Faraway by Helen Fisher
If you could travel back in time to when you were 16 years old, what would you change? That’s the question best-selling author Emma Straub asks with This Time Tomorrow , a touching take on time-travel books. Reminiscent of the poignant 2013 film About Time , Straub’s sci-fi family drama focuses on a daughter getting to spend precious time with her father again. This moving, heartbreaking book will have you calling your loved ones while you still can.
24. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
For fans of: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
From the brilliant and creative mind of the New York Times best-selling author of Mexican Gothic , this lush sci-fi novel reimagines H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau in 1870s Mexico. Silvia Moreno-Garcia gives us death, action, romance, and human-animal hybrids in a dreamy jungle landscape. With a narrative rooted in true historical events and heroine Carlota Moreau’s coming of age, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau takes an intersectional feminist and anti-colonial approach to the classic story.
25. Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang
Release date: August 23, 2022
For fans of: The Secret History by Donna Tartt and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
As its impressive title may suggest, this historical fantasy is both dark academia at its core and a challenge to British imperialism and the colonial nature of translation. R.F. Kuang, the best-selling author of The Poppy War trilogy (one of the best book series for historical fiction lovers), calls her latest “a love letter and breakup letter to Oxford”—and while that premise may not sound particularly interesting to nonacademics, you’ll be thankful you gave this one a shot. Set in 1828 Britain, Babel follows a Chinese student who gets caught up in the magical pursuit of knowledge, a shadow organization, and a student revolution. If you’re looking to decolonize your literature, this is a great place to start.
26. t he island by adrian mckinty.
For fans of: T he Beach by Alex Garland and The Chain by Adrian McKinty
Thriller book fans, think nothing can shock you anymore? Check out The Island . Written by best-selling crime author Adrian McKinty, this super-intense psychological thriller follows the Baxter family, who find themselves on a strange, remote island off the Australian coast—with even stranger locals who want them dead. It’s an adrenaline rush from beginning to end, with its terrifying chase scenes and truly disturbing plot bordering on horror . It’s no wonder this wild ride of a story got starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly and is already being made into a Hulu series!
27. Deep Water by Emma Bamford
Release date: May 31, 2022
For fans of: The Ruins by Scott Smith and Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
A harrowing survival story, Deep Water is another thriller about the dark side of paradise and how island life can quickly become a nightmare. When rescuers find an unconscious man and a woman covered in blood aboard a luxury yacht—and when the woman incoherently confesses to murder—they (and we!) don’t know what to think. Emma Bamford builds suspense as she slowly reveals the exciting truth behind what happened while building believability by staying true to the realistic mechanics of sailing. It’s one of the best summer reads for those who will be finding their sea legs this summer.
28. The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
For fans of: T he Last Flight by Julie Clark and Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
What’s the best book to read based on your favorite TV show ? If you devoured K illing Eve and Inventing Anna , this is the book for you! A hyperintelligent thriller about an enigmatic con artist and the reporter set on exposing her, this is one of those books you’ll read in a single sitting. The two women are both motivated by revenge, playing cat and mouse with each other in a game of wits and deception. Seductive and cerebral, The Lies I Tell will have you wondering who will come out on top while also rooting for both characters.
29. Stay Awake by Megan Goldin
Release date: August 9, 2022
For fans of: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson and The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
Best-selling author Megan Goldin’s latest psychological thriller starts with a genuinely terrifying premise: Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a cab with a bloody knife, no recollection of the past two years, and the words “stay awake” written on her skin. Meanwhile, Detective Darcy Halliday has to piece together the clues in this murder investigation and determine if Liv is the killer. Whip smart and fast paced, Stay Awake will have you staying awake yourself in an attempt to uncover the truth.
30. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci
For fans of: The Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum
Corporate conspiracies, corruption, and murder—all come together in one of thriller fans’ most anticipated books of the summer. In best-selling author David Baldacci’s The 6:20 Man , financial analyst Travis Devine learns that his coworker (who happens to be his ex-girlfriend) has been found dead in their prestigious investment firm and that he is being framed and investigated for her death. To clear his name, and stay alive, Travis must use the very military experience his enemies seek to use against him. Baldacci’s experience in this genre truly shines as he builds complex layers of riveting twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat!
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We all know that reading is one of the most critical components of a child’s success in school and in life. As such, classroom reading instruction at North Cross begins with the youngest children in junior kindergarten and continues through the literature-based English classes in the Upper School. Of course, you were reading to your children even before they started school, before they could identify letters, probably before they could even recite the alphabet or understand the stories. Parents who read to their children from a very early age do so because they know that reading skills are valuable for practical reasons; but they also understand the more intrinsic rewards which come from shared reading time.
Before children are literate, reading time provides a wonderful opportunity to bond with your young child while helping them to increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Most children have a particular book they ask their parents to read over and over, being just as enthralled with the fiftieth rendition as they were with the first. As these children get older, they remember these stories and this special time spent reading.
Even after children become proficient readers and begin to read to themselves, books can still give parents a way to connect with their growing reader. Many of the books that your child reads in his or her formative years will be ones with which you are familiar. You may have read them in school yourself. These books can provide topics of conversation for family dinners, or they can provide an opportunity to discuss shared reading experiences. Did you also read that book in sixth grade? Did you experience the same reactions that your child is experiencing?
The texts chosen for the English curriculum are challenging ones meant to improve students’ reading skills, but they are also meant to broaden students’ horizons. They will read about other cultures. They will learn about other time periods and ways of thinking. They will be introduced to new ways of seeing their own, familiar world.
As we strive to make reading a pleasurable, year-round habit, we offer this summer reading list as an opportunity for students to choose their own adventure. We hope that they will come back from the summer with new ideas and a new love for reading, and we encourage you to share in their journey.
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15 Excellent Summer Reading Ideas For Young Readers
Getting youth to read over the summer can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, there are several fun and non-stressful ideas out there to keep them engaged with reading. In my opinion, striving for a particular number of books or meticulously noting down which books you’ve read may not be the approach for you and may actually increase the amount of stress you have. Reading one book over the summer might be what you’re aiming for, with the goal to enjoy yourself. That’s why I hope these summer reading program ideas provide some inspiration and enjoyment when it comes to reading for fun this summer.
1. Get Caught Reading
Getting students to read in fun, unique places can entice them to take part in different summer reading programs. Having prizes for the coolest places can also be effective. In the past I’ve had a lot of success with this one, with students having their pictures taken on trampolines, up trees, even in dryers (definitely don’t encourage that one). I usually put an asterisk on these ones as I hope students can provide a review of the book they’ve chosen with the picture, considering the whole idea is for them to choose a book they love!
2. Shared Reading
This one can be tricky but worth it, in my opinion. I get students and staff to choose one book to read over the summer. I try to get them to choose in May or June so I can get more copies of the book. I also strongly encourage them to visit local libraries to borrow the book. I then post regular updates about the book over the summer in the attempt to create a shared experience. The uptake on this program might not be massive but if a student or parent wants to be involved I will do everything I can to get the book into their hands. It’s a lot of fun to get students to vote on which book will be the summer read.
3. Surprise Summer read
I’ve written before about this great program. This works with younger students, teens, and definitely adults. I get people to tell me their favourite genre, which can be anything. I will then take a book from our shelves, wrap it up, and deliver it to them before the end of the school year. I ask that the teachers and students write a review of the book on a recipe / display card that I can then put on display in September. It’s a lot of fun and works really well.
4. Give Away Those Weeded Books
This has to have some clarification. I do not recommend giving away weeded books that are so ratty that they look like the Dead Sea Scrolls. In my experience, we sometimes have books that are in great condition but never circulate for reasons that no one will ever understand. These books might find a home somewhere if they are simply moved to a different location or seen in a different light. This is why I recommend giving them away as part of a relaxed summer reading program. I cannot stress enough the impact of giving away books can have on students: they really love getting books. Having a table of good quality weeded books is a great way to keep them reading over the summer.
5. Take a Look at Art This Summer
I have run this in the past and it’s been really popular. I borrowed a huge art book from the library that covered ancient and modern art. Each day I took a look at one painting and spent some time reading about it. This was just a way for me to try and broaden my horizons as much as possible. However, what it did was even better, as I decided to go to a local art gallery and find out more about different artists. I went to a larger gallery and was able to find some of the pieces that I had read about. This is not possible for everyone, but I really looked forward to reading about the history of each art piece every evening. I want to stress that this is not something I thought I’d ever be interested in. This would be a fun, easy summer reading program idea for families to take part in.
6. Read in 100 places
If you want to take the “Get Caught Reading” challenge up a notch, you can try this Read in 100 Places Activity . It creates a checklist of different places kids can read in over the summer. The idea of course is to make it a fun challenge and to hopefully keep them reading all summer long.
7. Reading Scavenger Hunt
This one also looks really cool , especially for younger students. It’s a free printable activity that gets kids to read books that a friend recommends, that they get from the public library, and so on. It’s a great way to try different and interesting books in my opinion.
8. Comic book challenge
I’ve written before about comics and how they still count as reading. I think if you’ve got a young one at home that seems reluctant to read in any way you can provide a fun challenge. To read as many comics as they can by the end of the summer, or finish one comic if that will be a good enough challenge. I love reading comics and will encourage students to read them as much as possible!
9. Reading Logs
Reading logs aren’t really my thing, but some students love them, as do some parents. If you are one of those people that wants to keep track of their books, you can make your own list as you go or find a free printable one here . My advice is to not get too worked up over them or to stress about filling them in or reaching a certain number.
10. Yearly reading
I’ve never personally done this summer reading program but I love the idea of it. Ask someone in your family the year they born and read a book from that year. It’s fun, simple, and will can generate some interesting discussion.
11. Book quizzes
I did these over lockdown here in the UK and they were very popular. There’s nothing to say that they won’t be popular as a summer reading program if you’ve got the time once a week. How it works is very simple. Before the end of the school year, choose ten to twenty different books that have been quite popular over the year. Make a series of quizzes on Kahoot, Quizizz, or something similar. Once a week for the first or last few weeks of the summer, hold a book quiz where families can log in using private codes to take the quiz. It can be a great way to keep them thinking about books over the summer and promotes books they may not have read as well.
12. One minute book review
Again, I did these over lockdown and they were very popular. I made a YouTube account and recorded 1 minute book reviews of books that I had read. I just did these on my phone, and they were simple and effective. I am going to encourage older students and staff to try this over the summer whether they just record their voices or take a video of the book themselves.
13. Virtual reading
Another hugely popular program over lockdown, this one you’ll need permission from the publisher, for unless the book is a classic that’s not covered for copyright reasons. I read a book aloud (again, with permission) and recorded myself reading it. The book was aimed at eleven to twelve year-old students and it was very popular with parents who wanted their students to engage with reading. I also strongly suggest an audiobook challenge where students listen to at least one audiobook over the summer.
14. Librarian’s choice
If there’s one thing librarians love to do, it’s recommend books. This is a fun and simple reading idea for the summer. Go to your public library and ask the librarian for one book that they recommend you read over the summer. It can be for someone of any age.
15. If you read just one book…
Another fun and simple one for the summer. I’m going to write on the whiteboard in the library “Recommend One Book To Read This Summer” and see what response I get. Students love recommending books and writing on the whiteboard in general; this kills two birds with one stone and creates a unique shared experience.
I hope some of these are summer reading program ideas are useful. The ultimate goal is to have fun and keep reading, whatever that may be. If you are fortunate enough to have a public library near you I strongly recommend visiting as they usually have unique and fun ideas that are specific to your area of the world. They also have summertime events and author visits that can really make a big difference in how youth engage with reading.
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ELA & History Summer Reading Message: June 21, 2022
Dear Students and Families,
As summer quickly approaches, we want to make sure you are aware of the details of the CMHS ELA & History summer reading program. This program builds more opportunities to read and write across the curriculum, helps students transition smoothly between grades, and empowers our young readers to select titles that match their reading levels and interests.
Students are required to read at least *two books over the summer, due first day of school:
- one from the ELA list and
- one from the History list.
- Students entering 6 th grade and 12th grade will read an ELA book only (no history book)
- Students entering 9 th & 10th Honors English will be assigned an additional (whole class) reading.
- Students enrolled in AP English or AP History are assigned different readings.
- English : Students going into grades 6 – 8 must complete a ELA Reading FORM : due by the first day of school (8/31). Students in all grades should be ready to demonstrate their knowledge of the books through presentation, writing, and discussion.
- History : Students going into grades 7-11 must complete a History Reading FORM : due by the first day (8/31)
We encourage students to make wise choices for their books (many of the titles are reviewed thoroughly on commonsensemedia.org ) and to get a jumpstart on the summer reading for both subjects.
Books are available at:
- the CMHS Ramsay Library Summer Reading Checkout.
- the following Free Digital Resources (including many audiobook versions).
- amazon.com and online book stores.
Feel free to contact us with questions, and have a great summer!
Bob Ewell English Department Chair (508) 866-6148 [email protected]
Brian Lamoureux History Department Chair (508)866-6128 [email protected]
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“ Last Summer at the Golden Hotel “
Elyssa Friedland (fiction, Berkley) The Golden Hotel is the last of its kind: Owned by the Goldman and Weingold families, the place is a classic Borscht Belt summer resort that has been the host of many happy memories. But its heyday is now long past, the bills are piling up, and the guest register is dwindling. When a development firm makes a bid that would involve tearing down the hotel and building a casino, the two families gather to discuss the offer — amidst numerous family scandals and plenty of drama.
“ Falling “
TJ Newman (fiction, Avid Reader Press) There are 143 passengers on board a plane from Los Angeles to New York City. What they don’t know is that the flight will be anything but routine. Minutes before takeoff, the pilot was contacted by someone who gives him a chilling directive: The pilot’s wife and kids are being held at gunpoint at home, and he must crash the plane or his family will be killed.
“ The Husbands “
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“ The Summer Job “
Lizzy Dent (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons) Birdy has kicked off her summer job as sommelier at a remote Scottish hotel with a bit of a fib … well, a whopper. She’s pretending to be her best friend Heather, an actual sommelier, while she herself knows nothing about wine. The newly renovated hotel, meanwhile, is desperate for good ratings from restaurant critics to boost its bottom line. What could possibly go wrong?
“ Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty “
Lauren Weisberger (fiction, Random House) Peyton seemingly has it all: a job as a famous TV anchor, a loving husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. But when a college admissions scandal threatens to engulf her family, she flees to her sister’s upscale NY suburb to hide out — and try to rebuild her reputation.
“ Malibu Rising “
Taylor Jenkins Reid (fiction, Ballantine Books) It’s Malibu in August of 1983, and Nina Riva’s hotly anticipated end-of-summer bash is happening. Everyone wants to be around the Riva siblings — the children of famous singer Mick Riva, they have all carved out their own niches in the area. But the air is filled with tension, old grudges and long-held secrets, and, by morning, the Riva mansion will go up in flames.
“ The Turnout “
Megan Abbott (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons) Sisters Dara and Marie Durant have run the prestigious Durant School of Dance together since their parents died in a tragic accident over a decade ago. Marie teaches the younger kids while Dara handles the older pupils; her husband Charlie, once a prized pupil at the dance school, handles the business itself. When a strange accident occurs right at the beginning of the school’s annual Nutcracker performance, it throws everything into chaos.
“ Hell of a Book “
Jason Mott (fiction, Dutton) A black author embarks on a cross-country book tour to promote his new book, but he’s followed by a (possibly imaginary) child. The author’s story is intertwined with the narrative of Soot, a young black boy living in a rural town. Mott has written a clever meditation on race and violence in America.
“ Count the Ways “
Joyce Maynard (fiction, William Morrow) Eleanor and Cam meet in Vermont in the early 1970s. Neither has much money, but they have a farmhouse and a family in a few short years. For a while, love is enough to keep them going. But when an accident changes their family dynamic forever, the couple do their best to muddle through a divorce.
“ The Guncle “
Steven Rowley (fiction, GP Putnam’s Sons) Patrick — “Gay Uncle Patrick,” or “GUP” for short — has always been a loving and fun uncle. But when his niece and nephew lose their mother and their father goes into rehab for the summer, he’s suddenly in charge. Patrick might not know much about parenting, but he’s determined to be the best uncle he can be, inflatable pool toys, house parties and all.
“ Bath Haus “
PJ Vernon (fiction, Doubleday) Oliver Park is a recovering addict who’s built the perfect life with his partner Nathan, an older surgeon, in their gorgeous Georgetown home. But one weekend when Nathan is away, Oliver finds himself visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse, where he has a terrifying encounter that almost gets him killed. Traumatized, he tries to shake off the encounter and move on without telling Nathan. That’s when he starts seeing his attacker around the neighborhood, and it’s clear the guy’s got Oliver in his sights. Terrifying.
“ All Together Now “
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“ Palace of the Drowned “
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“ Summer on the Bluffs “
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“ The Other Black Girl “
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“ Ridgeline “
Michael Punke (fiction, Henry Holt) In the aftermath of the Civil War, a new conflict between native tribes and a brash new nation breaks out on the Western frontier. Colonel Henry Carrington has arrived in Wyoming to open a new road for gold miners and settlers, while Red Cloud, a respected Lakota chief, understands exactly what this will mean for his people. From the bestselling author of “The Revenant.”
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“ Survive the Night “
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Determine Program Approach
Keep in mind this is summer vacation, and a complex, restrictive or demanding program may discourage participation. With your team, consider the following three approaches:
- Set up a competitive program to see which student reads the most books in each grade level.
- Plan a noncompetitive program where children strive to meet their own goals. You can personalize this for the children by giving them a say in it. For instance, let them decide how many books read in total or the number of minutes spent reading per day.
- Organize a team-focused program that offers children the motivation of competition with less individual pressure, while fostering teamwork. You could organize by class, grade or another factor.
Decide on a Theme
An excellent way to get kids excited about learning is to frame the program around a theme. Think about if there are parts of the library’s collection you want to promote or a current movie or positive social trend to play off. You might consider a different theme for preschoolers, elementary, middle and high school students. Here are a few to try:
- Animal Parade
- Dino-Soaring Into Books
- Enchanted Castle
- Super Heroes
- Through the Jungle
- Under the Big Top
- Around the World
- Make a Splash
- Soar Into The Sky
- Summer Safari
- Ticket to Adventure
- Travel Through Space
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- Be Creative (art/music/theater)
- Building a Better World (architecture/building/construction)
- Historical Fiction
- Mega Man Robotics
- Sports & Games
- Science Fiction
- The Science of Super Heroes (flight/lightning/magnetization)
- Cultural Heritage
- Laugh It Up
- Reading Road Trip
Structure the Reading Club
When it comes to the program’s guidelines, too many or complicated rules will discourage participation. Work with your team to put together a simple, yet clear program. Consider the following for your program:
- Have participants sign an individual contract with their teacher or librarian. This will encourage individual responsibility and accountability.
- Include the option to register online or in person. Genius Tip: An online sign up makes registration easy.
- Think about prizes. There is some debate about the value of handing out stickers or small toys when a student reaches a milestone. The argument against it is that the focus should be on the joy of reading for its own sake. The counter is that if small prizes along the way keep students interested in reading, that’s a victory. If you decide to give out prizes, coupons from local restaurants for a free kid’s meal or sweet treat are very popular among families.
- Go for a big prize instead. Your program could put together a big raffle, with prizes such as tickets to an amusement park, local play centers, water parks or sports gyms. For each book read, students can receive one ticket to put in the raffle or you can give out one ticket when a child reaches their reading goals. If you go this route, plan for one big-ticket winner for each grade level. Genius Tip: Collect prize donations from local businesses in exchange for marketing.
- Plan an awards party at the end of the summer where students are given a certificate and recognized for reaching their goals. Make sure there’s a clear deadline and venue for turning in the reading log.
Create Reading Logs
Reading logs are a must for children to keep track of their books during the summer, and there are a number of apps and printable downloads that can help yours stand out.
- Decide whether you want to create a paper vs. digital log and if you want to distribute it to participants as a handout, via email or a download from a group website.
- Make sure all participants have access to log in information if you’re using an app or website to keep track of reading participation.
- Consider different reading logs for different age groups, designed around the chosen themes.
- Determine whether you’ll have a “check in” at some point in the summer to gauge progress or if you’ll give any rewards halfway through.
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Promote Event Incentives
Hosting events throughout the summer is an important way to promote your reading program, encourage student participation and advertise your library or group. Here are some ideas for all ages.
- Host a summer reading kickoff party with food, face painting and a literary scavenger hunt (all students).
- Meet the author readings (all students)
- Hide and seek in the library stacks (preschoolers)
- Arts and crafts activities such as bookmark making or book covers (elementary school).
- Movie marathons (middle and high school students).
- Genius Tip: Know how many people to expect at your event by allowing people to RSVP online .
Plan for Publicity
Publicity and communication is important to let students and parents know what you have planned — and to increase participation rates.
- Design posters and fliers with your theme in mind. Ask for a parent volunteer if you don’t have anyone with graphic design experience in your group.
- Write a press release and media announcement to distribute to school newspapers and community news outlets.
- Hang summer reading banners in front of the library and distribute fliers to parents in your community at least several weeks before the end of the school year.
- Continue communicating with students and parents through email and updates on your group's website as the summer progresses.
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Throw an End-of-Summer Reading Party
A fabulous way to reward both students and parents is with an event that celebrates their hard work. Advertise this party from the beginning, so participants have something to look forward to at the end of summer.
- Use a theme for your party that relates to your summer reading theme for decorations and games. For instance, if you chose superheroes, you could ask children to come dressed as their favorite persona.
- Gather volunteers to help make your event a success. Genius Tip : Use an online sign up so people can sign up to bring food or schedule volunteer shifts .
- Assemble gift bags for attendees that include goodies such as pencils, bookmarks and cheap dollar store coloring books.
- Draw the winning names if you chose to have a raffle as part of your program. This also presents an opportunity to recognize participants with a certificate for achieving their goals.
- Consider waiting to name the big winners unless you’ve already had time to tabulate the results or want to recruit volunteers to do this task during the party.
With a little planning, you’ll be able to replicate efforts in years to come by making a few tweaks here and there. Happy reading!
Sara Kendall is a freelance writer and mom of two daughters.
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After reading a favorite book, have your child draw a map of the book's setting. More ideas: Map Making
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Make a list of things to find outside (such as an acorn, stone, or feather). Give your child the list and let the hunt begin! More ideas: Outdoor Explorations
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Summer Reading Contest Winner, Week 9: On ‘The Best Way to Respond to Text Messages’
Thank you to the teenagers who participated this week, and congratulations to our winner, Bloomy, as well as our many runners-up and honorable mentions.
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We received 1,074 entries from students from around the world for the ninth week of our 10-week Summer Reading Contest . Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winner, Bloomy , as well as the runners-up and honorable mentions we recognize below.
Scroll down to take a look at the variety of topics — from critical race theory and misinformation on Facebook to origami cranes and texting etiquette — that caught the eyes of our participants this week. You can find the work of all our winners since 2017 in this column .
Thank you to everyone who participated!
(Note to students: If you are one of this week’s winners and would like your last name published, please have a parent or guardian complete our permission form [PDF] and send it to us at [email protected] .)
Bloomy chose an essay from The New York Times Magazine’s Letter of Recommendation column headlined “ The Best Way to Respond to Text Messages ” and wrote:
They say texting is easy, but through the eyes of an avid overthinker, it is an unsolvable, ever-tipping scale between “too much” and “not enough.” In his essay “The Best Way to Respond to Text Messages,” Todd Levin explores the struggle of responding to a text to show enough emotion while preserving genuineness. As Mr. Levin suggests, Apple’s new “HA HA” tapback feature may help make responding easier, until it doesn’t. Because it doesn’t take long before people read into it. Is the joke not funny enough to warrant an emoji? Does the tapback mean the other person wants to end the conversation? In the pandemic age, overthinkers are hopelessly faced with a million text dilemmas, reading into two-dimensional letters and cartoon emojis. We sit with our thumbs hovering over the screen, spamming the letters “H” and “A” over and over like we are just exploding with laughter, while we sit tight lipped, back hunched, eyes dry from glazing over the screen for hours. Because the joke isn’t really that funny, is it? Or at least not as funny as our text reaction suggests. Because the joke is just letters printed on a screen, or a blurry meme you’ve already seen. Perhaps the problem isn’t how many “HA”s you should be typing out, but the emotional numbness we feel from being online so much that we forget what it is to really laugh. Apple can introduce a million features to combat texters’ overthinking, but no amount of “HA”s will ever seem genuine enough until our feelings are.
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Summer Quotes and Short Summer Sayings
Written by Shutterfly Community Last Updated: Dec 28, 2017
Celebrate summer this year with an easygoing summer quote or inspirational saying to symbolize your love for all things summertime! BBQs, pool parties, sunset dinners, birthdays, and more, are all special occasions that deserve a quote. Find an array of summer messages below that range from humorous rhymes to poetic summer odes.
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Fun Summer Quotes
Spread the summertime cheer this season with a fun quote for your summer party invitation ! These quotes are lighthearted, whimsical, and easy to add to any card or sign. If you’re looking to keep your summer message short and sweet, choose a quote from below that best represents how you feel about your favorite time of the year. A positive quote that captures the essence of your summer party can make all the difference.
“Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet.” – Bob Marley
“There is no ‘we’ in summer. Only ‘u’ and ‘me’.” – Unknown
“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams
“Salt in the air, sand in my hair.” – Unknown
“Yellow butterflies look like flowers flying through the warm summer air.” – Andrea Willis
“It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.” – John Cheever
“My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.” – Terri Guillemets
“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” – Bern Williams
“Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Hot Summer Day!” – Unknown
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” – Porgy and Bess
“It’s summer and time for wandering…” – Kellie Elmore
Inspirational Summer Quotes
If you’d like to provide guests with a new perspective on summer or spark their interests on a deeper level, choose an inspirational summer quote! Summer sayings that evoke emotion and provide double meanings can feel rewarding upon reading and are perfect for use in a summer baby shower invitation or summer bridal shower invitation. Use any of these quotes for meaningful and special occasions that occur during the summer.
“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden
“Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.” – Melissa Marr
“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” – Aldo Leopold
“Ah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.” – Darrell Hammond
“Summer is a period of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer, awaken early in the morning and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do. Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us.” -Paul Pitchford
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” -L. M. Montgomery
“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” -Wallace Stevens
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock
“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.” -Jack McBrayer
Funny Summer Quotes
Summer’s best moments are often the funniest between family and friends! Showcase your humorous side by using a funny summer quote to set the tone for your gathering. You can choose a sarcastic summer saying or opt for a comical quote that calls for instant laughter. These quotes work best for fun 4th of July party themes or summer dinner celebrations with friends. You can set up signage around your event with any of these quotes to keep your party messaging short and sweet.
“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability” – Sam Keen
“It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do” – Walter Winchell
“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine…it’s summertime!” – Kenny Chesney
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.” – Kellie Elmore
“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.” -Raymond Duncan
“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.” – Patricia Briggs
“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” – Russell Baker
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent
“Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?” ― Dodie Smith
End of Summer Quotes
Although the end of summer is bittersweet, you can still celebrate the change in seasons with as much charm as a party in July! Tap into your poetic side with these reflective end of summer sayings that are bound to make you carry your summer spirit into fall. Use these quotes to add an introspective touch to your party, while encouraging family and friends to reminisce on a wonderful summer.
“When the winter comes, the summer shines infinitely in our hearts!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
“The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.” – George R.R. Martin
“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.” – Hal Borland
“The end-of-summer winds make people restless.” – Sebastian Faulks
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath
“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” – Unknown
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” – John Steinbeck
“September tries its best to have us forget summer.” – Bern Williams
Summer breeds plenty of cherished memories and connections that last far beyond summer expectations! Whether used in an invitation or handwritten across an endearing sign, summer quotes and sayings can be used to elevate these memories and spell out your summertime mood. Explore our inspirational list of summer party ideas to pair any of these quotes with the perfect summer party theme.
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KIDS & FAMILY READING REPORT
The summer reading imperative.
"SUMMER PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN ENSURING ALL CHILDREN CAN FIND THEIR STORY AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF SUMMER READING."
— Deimosa Webber-Bey, Scholastic Senior Librarian & Manager, Library Services
A SUMMER READING AWARENESS GAP FOR PARENTS
At first glance, parents seem aware of the importance of summer reading, as 94% agree reading over the summer can help their child during the school year. And yet, nearly half of parents with school-age children are unaware of the “summer slide” (47%), the loss of academic skills that occurs when school is not in session and which is attributed largely to the lack of reading. This is of critical importance as the effects of the summer slide are cumulative. Researchers estimate that by the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement 1 . A case can be made that we can begin to address this contributing factor to the reading achievement gap by addressing an information gap. The Kids & Family Reading Report reveals that when parents are aware of the summer slide, both children and parents are more engaged in summer reading.
It’s encouraging that awareness of the summer slide has increased five points since 2016 (48% vs. 53%). However, there are significant disparities around awareness among certain subsets. Similar to other reading habit trends, parents of frequent readers (kids who read books for fun 5–7 days a week) are far more likely to have the summer slide on their radar than are parents of infrequent readers (kids who read for fun less than one day a week). Lower-income families, as was the case in 2016, remain less likely to be aware (See figure 1) . This is of notable concern as the summer slide is a primary contributor to the reading achievement gap between lower- and higher-income students 2 . What's more, out-of-school experiences, particularly unequal summer learning during early formative years, have been shown to account for the majority of achievement differences among socio-economic statuses by the time students reach ninth grade 3 . All heightening a need for greater communication around summer reading for lower-income families.
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1 Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S. (2007). Lasting consequences of the summer learning gap. American Sociological Review , 72(2), 167–180.; Cooper, H., Charlton, K., Valentine, J. C., & Muhlenbruck, L. (2000). Making the Most of Summer School: A Meta-Analytic and Narrative Review. Society for Research in Child Development , vol. 65, no. 1. Allington, R. L., & McGill-Franzen, A. M. (2003). The impact of summer setback on the reading achievement gap. Phi Delta Kappan , 85(1), 68–75.
2 National Summer Learning Association, (2017). State of summer learning: 2017 state policy snapshot.
3 Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., & Olson, L. S. (2007). Lasting consequences of the summer learning gap. American Sociological Review , 72(2), 167–180.
SUMMER READING TRENDS TO WATCH AMONG KIDS
Most kids know that summer reading provides benefits that extend well past the summer months. Seventy-seven percent agree that reading over the summer will help them during the school year and on average, kids read nine books in the summer of 2018.
Where the significant concern lies, is in the number of kids who do not read any books at all over their summer breaks (See figure 2a) . Thirty-two percent of kids ages 15–17 said the number of books they read over the summer was zero, up sharply since 2016 (22%). The trend line among kids ages 9–11 also needs to be watched: the percentage who read zero books over the summer has doubled since 2016 (7% to 14%). Notably, if a parent is aware of the summer slide, their child is less likely to read zero books over the summer (16% vs. 25%).
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As with many trends found in the Kids & Family Reading Report , the number of books read over the summer varies widely by age (See figure 2b) : kids ages 6–8 read an average of 19 books; that number drops to nine among 9–11s, six among 12–14s and two among 15–17s. Some of the decline in the number of books read can be attributed to the length of books kids are reading increasing as children grow older. Nonetheless, the trend line is troubling.
Frequent readers are by far the most active readers over the summer months, reading an average of 21 books vs. only two among infrequent readers. This difference is largely due to the high percentage of infrequent readers who do not read any books at all during the summer: 46% of infrequent readers ages 6–11 and 52% ages 12–17 read zero books over the summer.
And knowing that frequent readers are far more likely than infrequent readers to have books in their homes (139 vs. 74 books on average), access during the summer is undoubtedly a factor.
BOOK ACCESS DIMINISHES DURING THE SUMMER
Kids identify schools and public libraries as the main sources for most of the books they read for fun. With 53% of kids getting access to books through school and 50% getting them from the public library, it is no surprise that the vast majority of parents believe that every child needs to have a school library (95%) and every community needs to have a public library (95%) (See figure 3a/b) . Even a new mother shared her appreciation for libraries, saying, “ I want to borrow books from the library and attend story hour and learning events when she is older. ” Yet in most cases, school-related points of access are the least available over the summer. Research on book deserts—areas with a stark lack of access to print materials—showed in the studied urban areas that the summer months drastically limit book access in high-poverty neighborhoods 4 .
The Teacher & Principal School Report 5 , a companion study to the Kids & Family Reading Report , found that the vast majority (96%) of teachers, principals and school librarians say that providing year-round access to books at home is important to enhancing student achievement. An example of how taking an active role in this can lead to results was displayed recently in two district-wide initiatives that provided books and family literacy nights to K–6 students and families over the summer. Research conducted by Scholastic Research & Validation revealed that this approach was associated with students maintaining or increasing literacy skills while school was out. Specifically, 78% of students in one district maintained or increased their reading levels from spring to fall; in the second district fewer struggling readers (21% vs. 30%) and fewer advanced readers (34% vs. 43%) experienced summer reading loss when they had access to these resources before the start of summer 6 .
4 Neuman, S. B., & Moland, N. (2019). Book Deserts: The Consequences of Income Segregation on Children’s Access to Print. Urban Education , 54(1), 126–147
6 Scholastic Research & Validation. (2018). Empowering students and families to address summer reading loss in Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA 2017. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES CAN BE A BRIDGE FOR SUMMER READING
Bringing schools, communities and families together is a powerful combination to support summer reading. First and foremost, schools are the top source of information on the summer slide, with 59% of parents who are aware of the summer slide citing their child’s teacher, or school in general, as providing information on the topic. News media is the number two source, coming in at a distant 24%.
In the Scholastic Research & Validation research referenced earlier 7 , providing K–6 students and their families with increased access to books and learning opportunities over the summer displayed positive impacts among families. The research highlighted that in the two participating districts, 95% and 85% of families agreed that the Family Reading Night was valuable in learning how to support their children’s reading. Additional supportive findings include: 60% of families agree they learned ways to talk to their children about books and 94% of families agree the Family Reading Night was a great way to connect families and schools.
Yet only some families are benefiting from school and community literacy events. Data from the Kids & Family Reading Report reveal about four in 10 (39%) parents say their school or community has hosted a reading event in the past few years and two in three of these parents say the event was attended by their child (64%) or themselves (37%). Many of these events likely take place during the school year, diminishing parents’ access to support around literacy over the summer. Since half of kids and two-thirds of parents agree that they like going to events involving reading (See figure 4) , communities have an opportunity to come together to help foster summer reading. Similar to the trends observed in reading frequency, enjoyment and importance in the Kids & Family Reading Report: Finding Their Story , enjoyment of these events diminishes as kids age, from a high of 72% among children ages 6–8 to a low of 29% among children ages 15–17. Parent interest, however, remains relatively high across children’s ages at 75% among parents of kids ages 6–8 and about six in 10 among parents of both 12–14 and 15–17 year-olds.
"I enjoy losing myself in a good book. I love visiting faraway lands and meeting characters." —14-year-old girl
7 Scholastic Research & Validation. (2018). Empowering students and families to address summer reading loss in Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA 2017. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
AT HOME, PARENTS FOCUS ON BOOK ACCESS TO SUPPORT SUMMER READING
To better understand reading behavior among kids and their parents when school is out, the Kids & Family Reading Report probed the different strategies parents use to encourage summer reading at home. Notably, the top three all centered on creating book access and choice for the child: taking trips to public libraries ranked first (54%), followed by ordering from school book clubs or book fairs (42%) and taking books on road trips or vacations (42%). Parents also reported putting limits on screen time (40%), finding new book series (36%) and purposefully making reading part of the summertime daily routine (30%), with fairly significant variation across ages of children. As one 14-year-old boy noted, “Reading for fun is a habit now. I enjoy reading and learning about different things. This summer I read less, because of football, but my mom made sure we went to the library before practice.”
Parents who are aware of the summer slide are more likely to engage in nearly all activities to encourage their children to read while school is out (See figure 5) . And a peer-reviewed study—published by the American Library Association in 2017 and centered on the effect of summer program participation among fourth grade students in North Carolina—found that if parents understand the summer slide, they prioritize transportation to the library to facilitate summer reading 8 .
8 Becnel, K., Moeller, R. A., & Matzen, N. J. (2017). “Somebody Signed Me Up”: North Carolina Fourth-Graders’ Perceptions of Summer Reading Programs. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children , 15(3), 3–8.
THE POWER OF CHOICE DRIVES KIDS’ ENJOYMENT OF SUMMER READING
Counter to conventional thought, the view that summer reading is a chore is not shared by a majority of kids today. More than half (59%) of all kids ages 6–17 say “I really enjoy reading books over the summer” (See figure 6) . Perhaps unsurprisingly, given other patterns observed throughout the findings of the Kids & Family Reading Report , younger children and frequent readers are more likely than teens and infrequent readers to enjoy reading books over the summer. Additionally, kids whose parents are aware of the summer slide also feel more positively about summer reading.
When given the opportunity, kids believe participating in a summer reading program prompts them to read more. Twenty-two percent of kids told us that they participated in a summer reading program or contest and 65% said their participation resulted in reading more than they otherwise would have. Yet this opportunity was not afforded to all children: half said they didn’t know of any summer reading program in which they could have participated.
Regardless of access to summer reading programs, frequency of reading books for fun, or whether a child is entering their early elementary years or is a rising senior in high school, the top reasons kids enjoy summer reading remain the same: it’s about the power to choose their books and read whatever and whenever they want (70%), to have an enjoyable way to pass the time (53%) and, in a nod to the savviness of kids, they want to keep their brains active (52%), and they know reading books can deliver on this.
THE RISE OF READ-ALOUD
• More parents are reading aloud to their young children
• The family read-aloud experience is overwhelmingly positive
• Read-Aloud frequency diminishes rapidly as children grow older
• How to make read-aloud fit in, regardless of age
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Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it?
As students return to school this fall, many of them – perhaps especially those from historically disadvantaged student groups – will be starting the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break. This phenomenon – sometimes referred to as summer learning loss, summer setback, or summer slide – has been of interest to education researchers going back as far as 1906. 1 We review what is known about summer loss and offer suggestions for districts and states looking to combat the problem.
David M. Quinn
Assistant professor of education - university of southern california.
Associate professor of education - usc rossier school of education.
An early comprehensive review of the literature summarized several findings regarding summer loss. 2 The authors concluded that: (1) on average, students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning, (2) declines were sharper for math than for reading, and (3) the extent of loss was larger at higher grade levels. Importantly, they also concluded that income-based reading gaps grew over the summer, given that middle class students tended to show improvement in reading skills while lower-income students tended to experience loss. However, they did not find differential summer learning in math, or by gender or race in either subject.
The recent literature on summer loss has been mixed. One study using data from over half a million students in grades 2-9 from a southern state (from 2008-2012) found that students, on average, lost between 25 – 30 percent of their school-year learning over the summer; additionally, black and Latino students tended to gain less over the school year and lose more over the summer compared to white students. 3 However, an analysis of the nationally-representative Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010 – 11 (ECLS-K:2011) found little evidence of overall loss over the summers after grades K and 1, and the summer socioeconomic status gaps widened in some subjects and grades but not others. 4 Von Hippel and Hamrock re-analyzed two earlier data sets and concluded that gaps “do not necessarily…grow fastest over the summer” (p.41). 5 Thus, it seems summer loss and summer gap-growth occur, though not universally across geography, grade level, or subject.
Entwisle, Alexander, and Olson’s “faucet theory” offers an explanation as to why lower-income students might learn less over the summer compared to higher-income students. 6 According to the theory, the “resource faucet” is on for all students during the school year, enabling all students to make learning gains. Over the summer, however, the flow of resources slows for students from disadvantaged backgrounds but not for students from advantaged backgrounds. Higher-income students tend to continue to have access to financial and human capital resources (such as parental education) over the summer, thereby facilitating learning. 7
Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning.
Traditionally, educators and policymakers have relied on conventional summer school programs to combat summer loss and summer gap-growth. In 2000, Cooper and colleagues published a comprehensive meta-analysis of classroom-based summer programs finding positive effects on average. 8 However, they also concluded that middle-income students benefited more from summer programming than did lower-income students. They speculated that this could be because programs serving more advantaged students were of higher quality, or because of an interactive effect between programming and the home resources available to students. The result raised the concern that attempts to stem summer learning loss may actually exacerbate summer gap-growth if they are not well targeted.
Kim and Quinn conducted a meta-analysis of 41 summer reading programs from 35 studies published after the Cooper et al. review. 9 Like Cooper and colleagues, Kim and Quinn found summer reading programs to be effective at raising test scores, on average. Unlike Cooper, however, Kim and Quinn found that it was low-income students who benefited most from summer reading programs (even when restricting the comparison to higher- and lower-income students attending the same program). Furthermore, they concluded that the reason lower-income students benefited more was that lower-income students in these studies were more likely than higher-income students to experience summer loss when not participating in the summer programs. The authors noted several differences between their review and Cooper et al.’s that could explain the contrasting results: 1) Kim and Quinn analyzed only reading programs, while Cooper and colleagues combined math and reading programs, 2) Kim and Quinn included only two-group experimental and quasi-experimental studies, while Cooper and colleagues included single-group pre/post-test designs, and 3) Kim and Quinn included home-based programs in their review.
Naturally, school-based summer school programs vary in their effectiveness. Many of the recommendations for creating high-quality programs come in the form of expert opinion. Common suggestions include blending academic learning with hands-on or recreational activities, professionalizing summer school staff, and forming partnerships with community organizations to leverage resources. 10 We can also draw some lessons from research. For instance, the recent meta-analysis found that programs were more effective when they used research-based literacy instruction; specifically, programs using instructional strategies identified by the National Reading Panel as best practices had the largest impact on students’ reading comprehension scores (equivalent to moving from the 50 th to the 65 th percentile of a normal distribution). Program effectiveness also differed by literacy domain—programs were effective at raising students’ reading comprehension and fluency/decoding scores but not their vocabulary scores. Not surprisingly, research also suggests that programs are more effective when students attend consistently and spend more time on task academically. 11
While school-based summer learning programs hold promise when they fit the above criteria, they often fail to live up to these expectations. Two important reasons why school-based summer programs can be ineffective are that organizers often struggle to attract high quality teachers and struggle to appeal to students and families for whom the opportunity costs of attending summer school can be high. 12, 13 School-based programs can also be quite costly. Researchers have therefore experimented, with some success, with lower-cost home-based summer programming.
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One example of a home-based summer reading program that has been shown to be effective for low-income upper elementary school students is READS for Summer Learning. 14 In READS, which has been iteratively modified over several randomized trials, students receive eight books in the mail over the summer that are matched to their reading level and interests. Along with each book, students receive a tri-fold paper that leads them through a pre-reading activity and a post-reading comprehension check. Students are asked to mail the postage-prepaid tri-fold back; families receive reminders when tri-folds are not returned. Additionally, teachers deliver scripted lessons at the end of the school year to prepare students to productively read independently over the summer with the trifold scaffold. A recent study found that READS had an effect on low-income students’ reading comprehension the spring following their participation in the intervention (ES=.05 SD on the state reading test), 15 and other work suggests that the tri-fold acts as a mediator of the program effect. 16
Another recent randomized trial showed that something as simple as sending text messages over the summer to families of elementary school students at risk of summer loss was effective at improving the reading scores of third- and fourth-graders (but not first or second graders), with effect sizes of .21 to .29. 17 The text messages included tips on resources available to students over the summer, ideas for activities to do with children, and information about the value of particular summer learning activities.
Home-based programs such as these can be more cost-effective than school-based interventions. For example, the cost of READS per student is estimated to be between $250-$480, compared to other programs providing supplementary education services that can cost as much as $1,700 per student and have similar or less favorable cost effectiveness ratios.
Kim and Quinn included home-based programs in their meta-analysis, and encouragingly, they found that the effects of home-based programs were not significantly different from their more expensive classroom-based alternatives. At the same time, the effects from these programs might not be as large as the effects of the highest-quality school-based programs that use research-based instructional strategies.
Schools and districts should want to address the issue of summer learning loss not only because it may exacerbate achievement gaps, but also because it “wastes” so much of the knowledge students have gained during the school year. Summer loss also undoubtedly increases the amount of time teachers have to spend “re-teaching” last year’s content, likely contributing to the repetitiveness of the typical U.S. curriculum. 18 While investing in extensive school-based summer options may be infeasible, it may be cost-effective and strategic for districts to begin to offer targeted out-of-school interventions to the students most at risk of backsliding. In designing such programs, policymakers should keep in mind the recommendations from the research described above:
- Center the program around evidence-based curriculum.
- In addition to academic content, include hands-on or recreational activities to attract students.
- Ensure that program structure enables sufficient time on task, and have policies or incentives that encourage consistent attendance.
- Invest in hiring the most effective teachers.
Regardless of the design, these policies should offer engaging options for students over the summer so that summer learning programs do not feel like punishment for students who would rather be enjoying summer vacation. Doing so would set more students up for success as the school year gets underway.
The authors did not receive any financial support from any firm or person for this article or from any firm or person with a financial or political interest in this article. They are currently not an officer, director, or board member of any organization with an interest in this article.
- Cooper H., Nye B., Charlton K., Lindsay J., Greathouse S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66(3), 227–268. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/00346543066003227
- Atteberry, A., & McEachin, A. (2016). School’s out: Summer learning loss across grade levels and school contexts in the United States today. In Alexander, K., Pitcock, S., & Boulay, M. (Eds). Summer learning and summer learning loss, pp35-54 . New York: Teachers College Press.
- Quinn, D.M., Cooc, N., McIntyre, J., & Gomez, C.J. (2016). Seasonal dynamics of academic achievement inequality by socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity: Updating and extending past research with new national data. Educational Researcher, 45 (8), 443-453. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0013189X16677965?journalCode=edra
- Von Hippel, P.T., & Hamrock, C. (2016). Do test score gaps grow before, during, or between the school years? Measurement artifacts and what we can know in spite of them. (Social Science Research Network working paper). Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2745527
- Entwisle D. R., Alexander K. L., Olson L. S. (2000). Summer learning and home environment. In Kahlenberg R. D. (Ed.), A notion at risk: Preserving public education as an engine for social mobility (pp. 9–30). New York, NY: Century Foundation Press
- Borman G. D., Benson J., Overman L. T. (2005). Families, schools, and summer learning. The Elementary School Journal, 106 (2), 131–150. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/499195
- Cooper, H., Charlton, K., Valentine, J. C., & Muhlenbruck, L. (2000). Making the most of summer school: A meta-analytic and narrative review. Monographs of the society for research in child development , 65, i-127. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3181549
- Kim J. S., Quinn D. M. (2013). The effects of summer reading on low-income children’s literacy achievement from kindergarten to grade 8 a meta-analysis of classroom and home interventions. Review of Educational Research, 83 (3), 386–431. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/0034654313483906
- McLaughlin B., Pitcock S. (2009). Building quality in summer learning programs: Approaches and recommendations (White Paper Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation). Retrieved from: http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/documents/building-quality-in-summer-learning-programs.pdf
- Augustine, CH, Sloan McCombs, J., Pane, JF, Schwartz, HL, Schweig, J., McEachin, A. and Siler-Evans, K. (2016). Learning from Summer: Effects of Voluntary Summer Learning Programs on Low-Income Urban Youth. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation. Retrieved from: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1557.html
- Denton D. R. (2002). Summer school: Unfulfilled promise. Atlanta, GA: Summer Regional Education Board. Retrieved from: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED467662.pdf
- McLaughlin & Pitcock (2009)
- e.g., Kim, J.S., Guryan, J., White, T.G., Quinn, D.M., Capotosto, L., & Kingston, H.C. (2016). Delayed effects of a low-cost and large-scale summer reading intervention on elementary school children’s reading comprehension. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 9 sup1, 1-22. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19345747.2016.1164780?journalCode=uree20
- Guryan, J., Kim, J.S., & Quinn, D.M. (2014). Does reading during the summer build reading skills? Evidence from a randomized experiment in 463 classrooms. NBER Working Paper No. 20689. http://www.nber.org/papers/w20689
- Kraft, M.A., & Monti-Nussbaum, M. (in press). Can schools empower parents to prevent summer learning loss? A text messaging field experiment to promote literacy skills. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science . https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mkraft/files/kraft_monti-nussbaum_2017_can_schools_empower_parents_to_prevent_summer_learning_loss_annals.pdf
- Polikoff, M.S. (2012). The redundancy of mathematics instruction in US elementary and middle schools. The Elementary School Journal , 113 (2), 230-251. http://web-app.usc.edu/web/rossier/publications/66/The%20Redundancy%20of%20Math%20Instruction.pdf
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Select another book that you have never read before. Your selection can be from our lists or not. Our goal is that you find a book to read that you enjoy. For recommendations, check out this list or recommendations from your local library!
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June 9 – August 4, 2020 Tuesdays & Thursdays Online – 10am-3:30pm
After 23 years of summer reading, getting together to do reports, and win prizes, we find ourselves making the decision to take our summer reading online. We’re bringing Summer Reading right into the comfort of your own homes! We are keeping it simple but hoping that we can still find ways for us to connect. Using the internet, email, facetime, phone calls and any other electronic method that will keep us safe and still let us celebrate the accomplishments of our children building their reading list.
Summer 2020 finds our summer readers stuck mostly close to home to prevent catching a terrible “bug” called the COVID virus. Make your days go by a little faster by reading. Pick up a good book and enjoy; it won’t be long until your students catch the bug… the reading bug that is! No need to be exposed, our contest is totally virtual, using online and electronic technology as well as phone communications.
Just a few books a day for a little one can have a significant impact on their reading skills. For our older students, really digging deep into literature is one way to change their comprehension of the novel forever.
LET’S NOT LET THE CORONAVIRUS KEEP US FROM MAKING THIS THE BEST SUMMER EVER!
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- Child’s Book Report Form( MS Word ) ( Printable PDF )
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Summer Reading Guidelines
Who may participate?
- Homeschool children affiliated with FEAST ages 5-19. (4 years old if able to read and write on their own )
- Public, private, or parochial school children ages 5-19 who live in Bexar County or have a homeschooling friend or family member.
- Students age 5 – grade 12 will grow in so many ways as they add reading good books to their list of summer activities. Think of these changes as a sort of “metamorphosis” as you grow wiser and smarter with each book you read.
What books can the participants read?
- Students may read any book approved by their parents. Books must be at their appropriate age and reading level and should foster positive, wholesome attitudes and provide quality entertainment and knowledge. Awards will not be given for books that contain any of the following: witchcraft, sorcery, gory violence, satanic theology, or worldly romance.
- We expect children to read books that are at or above their recommended age reading level. If you are not sure of the reading level of a book, consult with a FEAST team member or a librarian at a public library.
Where and when will it be held?
- Summer Reading will be held Online on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- A Final Celebration will NOT be held. Winners will be announced for all to see (virtual)and gift cards mailed out to all winners 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners and grand prize Winner.
How do I participate?
- Register Online
- Teens keep track of hours read for the form.
- Child ( MSWord , PDF )
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- Sign Up for a Time Slot to Give your Digital Book Report
What are the Awards?
- At the conclusion of the contest, August 11th, the winners from each category will be posted on our website, and gift cards will be sent for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for most books read. Winners will be featured in the September MANNA Magazine.
- As an added incentive, FEAST will be awarding virtual Badges for reaching each of the Books Read Levels! You can only earn them by reading books in the FEAST Summer Reading Contest. So get ready to catch the reading bug and tell your friends that they are welcome to play also!
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We appreciate any help we receive for the FEAST Summer Reading Program. If you would like to donate money for gift card awards or would like to volunteer on the Summer Reading Team, please contact us , and we are happy to assist you!
We are TREMENDOUSLY grateful for all our donors, who so graciously contributed to 2019’s prizes:
- Buckhorn/Texas Ranger Museum
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- San Antonio Zoo
- Car-Vel Skate Center
- UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
- Embassy Miniature Golf
- Green Acres Golf and Games, Inc.
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Summer Reading 2022-2023
All students attending TOPS for the 2022-2023 school year must complete a summer reading assignment by August 26, 2022 . Each grade level will provide three novel options. Students are required to select and read one novel from their grade-level options and complete a reading log.
Novel selections for each grade level and reading log templates are listed below. There are several ways to access the reading selections.
For returning students , all novels are available through the Sora reading app, which can be found in Classlink. Please view the video below for a tutorial that will walk you through using Sora: https://youtu.be/zgHTY1J3Yok
Newly enrolled students will need to utilize their local public library, choose a selection that is available online, or purchase their chosen novel.
AP English students are required to complete a different summer reading assignment (See Below)
Summer Reading Log Template (required for every grade level):
Microsoft Word: Summer Reading Independent Reading Log 2021-22.docx
PDF: Summer Reading Independent Reading Log
If you have questions about summer reading, please contact Ms. April Trivett .
Summer Reading Novel Options (by grade)
Freshmen (English I)
Students who are registered for English I need to choose one novel to read from the selection below:
1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. An online version of this novel can be found at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/215/215-h/215-h.htm
Jack London’s break out novel of survival is the essence of the American dream, its longings, and frustrations. Taste the cold with Buck in the unforgettable adventure of a dog in the Yukon.
2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
3. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. Forty years later the stories and history continue.
All students are required to complete a summer reading log for their novel selection, which will be submitted in English class for a grade.
Sophomores (English II)
Students who are registered for English II need to choose one novel to read from the selection below:
1. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. An online version of this novel can be found here .
Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits….
Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all - a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug.
3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.
Juniors (English III)
Students who are registered for English III need to choose one novel to read from the selection below:
1. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. An online version of this novel can be found at Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/73/73-h/73-h.htm
Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer. Although Crane was born after the war, and had not at the time experienced battle first-hand, the novel is known for its realism.
2. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The White City (as it became known) was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park. Dr. Henry H. Holmes combined the fair's appeal with his own fatal charms to lure scores of women to their deaths. Whereas the fair marked the birth of a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of a new American archetype, the serial killer, who thrived on the very forces then transforming the country.
3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Written from the point of view of three Black housekeepers in 1922 Mississippi, their story is told, as well as that of the women who employ them. The social structure and societal mores of the day when it comes to employment of Blacks is vividly told. It is a moving story with both laughs and, in some cases, tears. Movie made on the basis of this best-selling novel.
All students are required to complete a summer reading log for their novel selection, which will be submitted in English class for a grade.
Seniors (English IV)
Students who are registered for English IV need to choose one novel to read from the selection below:
1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell An online version of this novel can be found at Planet eBook: https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/1984.pdf
Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever.
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen An online version of this novel can be found at Planet eBook: https://www.planetebook.com/free-ebooks/pride-and-prejudice.pdf
The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.
All students enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition at TOPS for the 2021-2022 school year will be required to participate in Summer Reading. Students will choose two books from the following list to read this summer. Students will write a literary essay with each of the chosen novels in August once school begins. Students transferring to TOPS for the spring semester will be given time to complete the readings. If you have questions about Summer Reading, please contact Mr. Tim Davis .
Choose two novels to read:
1. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
2. There, There by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism.
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or a coming-of-age novel, and it is a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. The novel contains some of Dickens most memorable scenes, including its opening, in a graveyard, when the young orphan Pip is accosted by the escaped convict, Abel Magwitch. Great Expectations is a graphic book, full of extreme imagery, poverty, prison ships ("the hulks"), barriers and chains, and fights to the death.
4. Picture of Dorian Gray- by Oscar Wilde
First published as a serial story in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the editors feared the story was indecent, and without Wilde's knowledge, deleted five hundred words before publication. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers, some of whom said that Oscar Wilde merited prosecution for violating the laws guarding the public morality. In response, Wilde aggressively defended his novel and art in correspondence with the British press.
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Students who don’t read much over the summer show a decline in reading performance from the end of one grade to the start of the next. Research done at Harvard University by James Kim shows that even reading 4 or 5 books over the summer helps to prevent the summer slump.
Having books at home explains how much students read over the summer. Unfortunately, the very students who are most at-risk are the ones who often don’t have enough books. SummerReads changes this situation by providing accessible, engaging texts for at-risk readers… for FREE ! And it provides enough text for an entire summer of reading.
Research also shows that the texts that at-risk readers will spend time on in out-of-school settings need to be accessible and engaging. SummerReads texts are both:
Accessible: The difficulty of the texts is based on the TExT model developed by Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert. The TExT model of reading is the same one that was used to develop QuickReads® and Zip Zoom™. This model uses research to identify the words and phonics knowledge that students need to succeed at particular grade levels. These critical words are repeated often in SummerReads.
Engaging: Topics of SummerReads deal with information about summer activities and themes—the games that children play in the summer, places that they might visit in their communities, weather that usually happens only in summer, and so on.
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Leveled Texts There are three levels in the SummerReads program, each aimed at “getting students ready” for a particular grade level in the fall—third, fourth and fifth.
An Abundance of Texts Each of the 7 books at a level has 3 chapters. 7 books x 3 chapters = 21 unique selections, one for each week of summer vacation. These are texts that students won’t have seen during the school year in that they are brand-new and summer-specific!
Please note we have released a May 2015 edition of SummerReads. In the current edition, we have updated the leveling system from Getting Ready for Grade 3 (or 4, 5) to Level C (or D, E). The texts remain true to the original release of SummerReads and have not been altered.
Resources The SummerReads program includes resources for teachers, students and parents:
- Each book starts with guidelines on how to use the book.
- There are comprehension questions at the end of each book.
- There is a place where students can keep records of their reading of chapters within books.
- If students have access to computers (e.g., the library), a recording of each text will be made available. This recording allows students to monitor and check their reading.
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Katie Ledecky’s nine-year domestic win streak ended by Summer McIntosh
- McIntosh ends Ledecky’s home pool streak at Pro Series meet
- Ledecky remains mum on 200m plans for 2024 Paris Olympics
Summer McIntosh ended Katie Ledecky’s nine-year home pool winning streak on Friday when the Canadian teenager touched first in the 200m freestyle at a Pro Series swim meet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
McIntosh clocked a winning time of 1min 54.13sec, lowering her world junior record set at last year’s world championships, coming home 0.83sec clear of Ledecky.
It marked the first defeat for Ledecky in a domestic freestyle long course final of 200m or longer since a loss to Allison Schmitt in 2014.
“I’m really happy with that swim,” 16-year-old McIntosh, who becomes the ninth fastest woman in history in the event, told the Peacock network. “It hurt really bad.”
Ledecky, won four golds at the Rio Olympics including the 200m freestyle but dominates in the longer freestyle distances.
She has won gold in the 800m free at the 2012 London, 2016 Rio and 2020 Summer Games.
Ledecky has not yet confirmed her schedule for next year’s Paris Olympics where McIntosh will also be a multiple medal threat.
While Ledecky grabbed gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m frees, plus the 4x200m free relay at last year’s world championships McIntosh won the 200m fly and 400m individual medley and finished second to the American in the 400m free.
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Southampton coach sends Romeo Lavia message amid Chelsea and Man Utd transfer links
Chelsea have been tipped to target Saints midfielder Romeo Lavia this summer but could face a battle with Man Utd, and have been sent a message by the Southampton boss
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Chelsea have reportedly expressed an interest in signing highly-rated young midfielder Romeo Lavia this summer after a breakthrough campaign at St Mary's. Having joined Southampton from Manchester City for £14million last summer, Lavia has been a shining light in an otherwise dismal season for the south coast side.
The Belgian teenager has impressed with his commanding performances that belie his inexperience at the top level, with several Premier League sides seemingly looking to recruit him when the next transfer window opens. The Blues are likely to face stiff opposition this summer, with Arsenal and Manchester United also said to be keen on a move.
However, despite impressing much of the footballing world this campaign, Saints boss Ruben Selles has been left unimpressed by the 19-year-old. Speaking on Friday, the recently appointed head coach surprisingly revealed he had not been impressed by the midfielder so far, and believes he’s got more to give.
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"I will say he’s not impressed me," Selles said in his press conference, via HampshireLive . "He has more football to offer and I expect him to offer more football. He’s not there yet. He needs to step up and move forward.
"Romeo has all the qualities to become a great player, but I don’t think he’s there yet. And this is why he didn’t impress me.
"I have worked with talent and I think to make the next step he needs to show more domination in the games, more domination in possession, more leadership on the pitch if he wants to become the thing that everybody says about him. So he needs to give more for me, more for the team and he needs to show more for himself.
"And it’s nothing that is about him personally, it’s something that the competition is giving to him. So he’s growing through the internal competition and through the competition in the Premier League. So that’s why I say we need to be careful when we talk about kids 17,18 and 19 years old and starting in the Premier League.
"I have no doubt that he will be there but he needs some steps and then everybody around him needs to be calmed down because when you try to make four steps forwards, usually you don’t make the first one. So it’s one step at a time.
"You stay here with us. You perform. You make this team win football matches, you lead this team on the pitch, lead this team in this dressing room.
"And then when the season finishes and everybody’s in the Premier League, we can think about something else. Because if we don’t make the target together and we start to put individual targets, then we are not going to make it.”
This summer won’t be the first time Chelsea have tried to sign the bright star, having seen an audacious £50million bid for him rebuffed late on in the summer transfer window, just a matter of months after his arrival at Southampton. Lavia himself has said he is not paying attention to the ongoing speculation surrounding his future.
"I don't read it," he said, speaking to Sky Sports . "I don't read it, because I just don't think about it. I just enjoy my football and focus on what we have to do as a club. Whatever is outside, it is not what I can control, so I don't pay attention to that.
"Football, with how it goes, it goes so fast. One moment you can be in the headlines and the next, you're not. So the only thing to do is just be neutral, don't think about it and get your head down and work."
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