It’s a great time to read a book

Jun. 25, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Summer is here and the learning loss has possibly begun for students. But summer reading through school, the library or for fun can help retain students’ skills.
Jim Zola, children’s librarian at the High Point Public Library, said that getting parents involved is the first step.
“It’s good to set up a time when everyone — mom and dad and the kids — reads,” Zola said. “It becomes a regular thing.”
Zola also advises parents to allow children to read for fun.
“Kids go through the whole school year reading required books,” he said “During the summer let them read what they want, whether it be a comic book or something you might consider junk. It is always good to suggest series books because if they like and get hooked by the first book, you are guaranteed that there will be more titles that they will be eager to read.”
Guilford County Schools is encouraging parents to have children read for 20 minutes a day and all logged time can go toward the Roadmap 2 Reading program, in which minutes become miles for students to read across America.
Zola recommends these books for elementary and middle schoolers. The list for high school students is suggested reading from GCS.

Elementary school
For K through 2nd grade
• “Pete the Cat” series by James Dean
• “Pinkalicious” by Victoria  Kann
• “Construction Kitties” by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges
• Any books by Mo Willems – but especially his Elephant and Piggie books
• “Fancy Nancy” series by Jane O’Connor
• “Skippyjon Jones” series by Judith Byron Schachner
• “Dodsworth In Rome” by Tim Egan – this is part of a series where Dodsworth also goes to London, New York and Paris
• “The Three Ninja Pigs” by Corey Rosen Schwartz

For 3rd through 5th
• “Warrior” series Erin Hunter
• “Magic Tree House” Series – by Mary Pope Osbourne
• “Dork Diaries” series by Rachel Renee Russell
• “Big Nate” series by Lincoln Peirce
• “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis for the non-fiction fans – books in the series include surviving Pearl Harbor, shark attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Titanic
• “The Thirty Nine Clues” series by various authors
• “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket
• “Saige” by Jessie Haas – the newest American Girls series title
• “The Penderwicks” series by Jeanne Birdsall
• “Baby Mouse” series – graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle school
• “The Middle School” series by James Patterson
• “Theodore Boone, kid lawyer” series by John Grisham
• “Bone” series – graphic novels by Jeff Smith
• “That Summer” by Sarah Dessen
• “Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini” by Sid Fleishman – for non-fiction fans
• “Ranger’s Apprentice” series by John Flanagan
• “The Mysterious Benedict Society” series by Trenton Lee Stewart
• “Artemis Fowl” series by Eoin Colfer
• “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life” by Wendy Mass
• “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio

High School
• “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
• “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
• “A Gathering of Old Men” by Ernest Gaines
• “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
• “Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny” (Suggested for young men) or “Letters to a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny” (Suggested for young women) both by Hill Harper

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