Summer Reading Resources

"Read or Rot" ---Jack Gantos

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Are you a reader?

Do you read for pleasure?

Do you make time in your day to read?

Are you able to find books that engage and excite you?

I hope the answer to all of these questions is a loud YES!


Summer is a great time to engage in reading, with less structured days and fewer demands. In addition to your Bement Summer Book Club choice, what will you read this summer?

When school is out, visit your local public library. Most have summer reading programs specifically for teens and young adults, with programs and prizes.

The web is full of reading lists to help you find your next book, and here are some of my favorite resources to help you get started.

Check out YALSA's Book Lists

Great lists for teens and young adults from the Young Adult Library Services Association

YALSA Book Lists

ALCS's grade 6-8 summer reading list

There are some great choices here for 6th, 7th and 8th graders:

Association for Library Services to Children: 6-8

Top Middle Readers of 2015

School Library Journal has a winning list, too. The cover for Cuckoo Song is keeping me from reading it. Creepy!

SLJ Best Books of 2015

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Sync Audiobooks

This is one of my favorite summer programs! I love to listen to audiobooks on long car rides or while exercising. Sync is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. From May 5th through August 17th they offer two free downloads each week. The list for this summer looks fantastic. Simply download Overdrive (the same platform you use to download audio and video from the public library) and choose your titles for the week. Free and easy from the comfort of your home. Sponsored by AudioFile.

Check it out: Sync Audiobooks

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NYPL 100 Great Children's Books| 100 years

Finally, take a look at this list and and see how many of the 100 you have read. Now is your chance to make sure your bucket is full. So many of these are classics and they are referenced time and time again. Don't cheat yourself by moving on to high school without reading them! Which make your top five?

New York Public Library 100 Great Children's Books



Don' t forget to visit your library!

As always, if you need help finding a book, want to talk about what you are reading or just stuck in a reading rut, come visit me! I truly believe there is a book for every reader and a reader for every book.

Ms. Bernard

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"Regular reading not only boosts the likelihood of an individual's academic and economic success--facts that are not especially surprising--but it also seems to awaken a person's social and civic sense."

"To Read or Not to Read," NEA 2007