Aahhhh, summer. Time to hang out at the pool. Lie on the beach. Get caught up on all those books you’ve been waiting to read. Okay, maybe that’s just me. But you do need to make time to get that required reading done. Just a reminder, if you’re going into:
5th thgouth 8th grade, read Schooled by Gordon Korman
9th grade, read Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
10th grade, read Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
11th or 12th grade, you can choose to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (a book that has a special place in a librarian’s heart) or A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Then there is the oh so wonderful A List of Books You Are Absolutely NOT Required to Read This Summer, developed by your teachers to enahnce your summer reading fun.
Don’t forget about the free downloadable audiobooks available through Sync and Audiobook Community. Two new books are available for download each week. I’ve downloaded all so far and have really enjoyed finding new books!
Also, remember to stop in at Children’s Book World in Haverford if you want to get your hands on some books before they’re published. Read a book, write a review, get store credit.
The mid-summer mailing will be heading home soon. In there, you’ll find some postcards. They have a space for author, title and a quick review of anything you’ve read, including the required reading. If you have a chance, fill out the postcards and send them back to me (they’re even stamped). If you’re reading a lot this summer, send me an e-mail if you run out of postcards. Every book review you send in gets you an entry into a drawing for some absolutely fabulous junk come September.
Continue to enjoy your summer!