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Just because your children are done with school for the summer, it doesn’t mean that they should be done with reading for the summer. Studies show that students who strive to read over four books during the summer end up doing better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who did not read over the summer. Throughout the next few months, we will be posting weekly book suggestions for students of all ages. Our suggestions will include books that are listed on Provo City Library book lists, other summer reading lists and favorites from our own home libraries. We hope that these suggestions will help students to include reading in their summer fun so that they can be even more prepared for this upcoming school year.
Elementary Book Suggestion
Our suggestion for our elementary-age readers is a great read aloud book titled “Gaston” by Kelly DiPucchio. This book is full of beautiful illustrations and features a great underlying theme for both parents and students. The story is about a young bulldog who was born into a family of all poodles. The bulldog, named Gaston, notices that he is not very simlar to his poodle siblings and struggles with these differences. In the end, he meets a friend who deals with a similar situation. Overall, this is a great book for parents to read with their children or even for young readers to read by themselves. This book is available at the Provo City Library.
Secondary Book Suggestion
Our suggestion for our secondary-age readers is a book titled “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. This 2015 Newberry Medal Winner is about 14 year old twin basketball stars at their school who deal with many highs and lows both on and off the basketball court. Though they are twins who share a love for basketball, they have many differences that can draw them apart at times. However, one big struggle that both brothers deal with is their father’s declining health. One thing that makes this book different is that it is written in more of a poetry style. Overall, this book is a “slam-dunk” for both basketball lovers and anyone interested in reading about these brothers’ remarkable story. This book is available at Provo City Library.