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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 book titled, “Ellie, Engineer” by Jackson Pearce. This book is a beginner chapter book so it can be used as either a read-aloud book or an independent read. The book tells the story of Ellie, an engineer, who creates many different projects in her backyard workspace. She decides to create a doghouse birthday present for her best friend, Kit. Without giving away too many details, Ellie ends up enlisting the help of her neighbors to help her complete this massive project. Overall, this STEM-empowered book is a great read for all elementary reading levels. It is currently available at the Provo City Library.
Secondary Book Suggestion
Our summer reading suggestion for secondary-age readers is “The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik” by David Arnold. This is a story about a teenager, Noah, who loves David Bowie and 1980’s pop culture. He ends up getting hypnotized and then discovers that he can see his world differently than before. He finds that everything in his life has been rewritten. Overall, this story is about the different ways that we can hurt our friends without knowing it and all the ways that they stick around to save us. It is currently available at the Provo City Library.