ADL Offers Summer Reading Recommendations

ADL Offers Summer Reading Recommendations

ADL's Books Matter program offers more summer reading suggestions online. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. "Under My Hijab" by Hena Khan Photos courtesy of ADL.

By Yael Brown

Many parents and teachers worry about “the summer slide,” the loss of learning over the summer months. Without the structure of school, children benefit from guidance to enrich their learning between May and August.

A simple and accessible solution to summer slide is reading books throughout the summer. Recreational reading provides children with opportunities to learn about different people and cultures, help to instill empathy, and build self-esteem.

General tips for Summer Reading:

Help your child find a cozy place to read by discovering a special reading spot— a small nook or tent in their room, an outside space or a special place in the library or bookstore.

Read yourself to model for them that reading brings pleasure over one’s lifetime. Better yet, create a family book club and read a book together and talk about it.

Let your child choose their own books but be sure to help them by identifying books on their level and stories that reflect their passions. Need suggestions? Ask their teacher or a librarian.

Make a consistent time to read each day.

Take advantage of community resources. The American Library Association reports that 95 percent of public libraries offer summer reading programs and Barnes and Noble, as well as many local bookstores, also participate. Check out BookPeople’s Five Book Dive Summer Reading Challenge.

Even if children read on their own, read aloud every once in a while before bed, in the park or on a special trip.

Most importantly, make reading fun. Invite a friend over for an afternoon read-a-thon. Take books on outings or vacations. Celebrate the completion of a book by discussing it together over a sweet treat.

For more information about ADL’s education programs and initiatives, contact austin@adl.org or 512-249-7960.

Book Recommendations from ADL's Books Matter catalog

Age 4-8
"Say Something" by Peter H. Reynolds
"Under My Hijab" by Hena Khan
"Dreamers by Yuyi" Morales
"Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag" by Rob Sanders
"She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World" by Chelsea Clinton
"Juneteeth for Mazie" by Floyd Cooper
"Nathan and the Really Big Bully" by Gerry Renert
"We March" by Shane W. Evans

Age 9-12
"Front Desk" by Kelly Yang
"George" by Alex Gino
"Refugee" by Alan Gratz
"Hello Universe" by Erin Entrada Kelly
"Stef Soto, Taco Queen" by Jennifer Torres
"Star Girl" by Jerry Spinelli
"Proud to Be a Blacksheep" by John Roberta
"Fly High: The Story of Bessie Coleman" by Louise Vorden and Mary Kay Kroeger

Age 13+
"Forward Me Back to You" by Mitali Perkins
"All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
"Rad Women Worldwide" by Kate Schatz
"Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out" by Susan Kuklin
"Who Will Tell My Brother?" by Marlene Carvell
"Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

More titles are available at www.adl.org/education-and-resources/resources-for-educators-parents-families/childrens-literature (or adl.org, under the Education tab), which are categorized by topic.

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