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Summer Reading Lists and the Power of Libraries


As a child, I can remember walking into the library for the first time. The smell of the books, the gurgle of the water feature, the hushed voices of the librarians all had a profound impact on me. I had demonstrated enough responsibility to be entrusted with a library card and could select my own books. The summer reading challenges hosted by my local library were the highlight of my summer! And while not every child enjoys reading to that same level, the library is an important rite of passage. Perhaps your child has been given a summer reading list, or you want to find ways to interest them in reading more, the library is a great place to start! Don’t know what books to check out? No problem! Our AJ Team has curated some great recommendations for your students!

For Younger Elementary School readers;

  • The If You Give A… Series by Laura Numeroff
  • The Pete the Cat Series by James Dean
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Honestly anything written by Mercer Meyer or Eric Carle

For Older Elementary Students;

  • The Magic TreeHouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • Ramona & Beezus by Beverly Cleary…Actually, any of her books!
  • The Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys are always great choices as well!

For Middle School Students;

  • English Tutor Janet Nelson recommends: The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime as well as The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Former Tutor and Senior Client Services Director Sebastian von Zerneck recommends: The Mysterious Benedict Society and its accompanying tv show!

No matter the reason or desired level of reading your student has, the library and the ever important librarians are there to guide and support students in their quest for knowledge and fun. Does your student need support working through their summer reading list and learning how to analyze these stories for the main idea, themes, and more? Our 1:1 tutors are standing by to support any student this summer and beyond! Call a Director today to learn more!


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