Friday, July 12, 2013

SDE Summer Reading List

Every summer when school is out of session, we encourage kids to keep up their studies by reading a good book.

We at the Idaho State Department of Education thought we would help out a little by offering some of our favorite summer reads that we enjoyed as kids or that our kids are enjoying today.

Audra Urie, Driver Education Coordinator, recommended the Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. It is for middle school or junior high-age students. It’s an adventure/mystery based on Greek mythology. This series also got another recommended from our NAEP Coordinator Angela Hemingway!

Marcia Beckman, Title I Director, suggested any of the Little Britches by Ralph Moody series. It’s based on the young life of the author. It takes place during the difficult economic times of the 1930s, and is a good read for any young adult, boy or girl.

Alison Lowenthal, Special Education Coordinator, recommended several books based on what her kids are reading today, but her personal favorite in 4th grade was Daphne's Book by Mary Downing Hahn.

Megan Schenk, Administrative Assistant in Child Nutrition Programs, suggested Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. It’s intended for middle school-age kids. “This book is a great mix of humor and suspense,” she said. “It also has a great message for kids who are bullied and for kids who would like to make a difference in the world but don't know how.”

Angela Hemingway, NAEP Coordinator, said her personal favorite is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. It is best for children in grades 5-8. “This is one of my all-time favorite books about a boy, his dog and their adventures,” she said.

Do you have a suggestion for a great book kids should be reading this summer? Post it in the comments!

Please note: These are just recommendations. We strongly encourage children to always check with their parents before selecting a book to read. 

~ Melissa M.

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