Summer Reading Resources for the Whole Family

Summer Reading Resources for the Whole FamilyImagine you have just taken a nice walk in some distant forest or on a soft sandy beach. Half of your summer has already passed by. I know, that isn’t a good reminder but there is still time for you to engage those brain muscles with a good novel or book before the hustle of preparing for the next school year begins.

Last summer, our blog team gave us some of their favorite books in this post Summer Reading and Book Ideas… Below is a quick list of their suggestions:

  • The Last Lion: ­Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm 1940-1965, by William Manchester and Paul Reid
  • The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
  • The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
  • Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom, by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon
  • Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, by Andrew Solomon
  • Maya Angelo’s Autobiographies
  • Living Through the Hoop: High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream, by Reuben Buford May
  • Game of Thrones, book series by George R. R. Martin
  • Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing, by Paul Farrell
  • Tip and the Gipper, by Chris Matthews
  • The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
  • Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
  • Matched, by Ally Condie.
  • Flash Boy, by Michael Lewis
  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

There are also lots of internet blogs and resources that can provide you with many other options. Here are a few I checked out while choosing my summer reading adventures:

10 Brainy Beach Reads – This blog post contains great suggestions if you’re in the mood for something a little “heavier”.

Popular Summer 2015 Books – Goodreads is one of my favorite places to go to find suggestions for books to read. The ratings from other users are very helpful. However, don’t pass up something that might look good to you solely based on these ratings.

2015 Summer Reading Guide – The Modern Mrs. Darcy blog’s author really went all out putting together a reading guide that covers a range of topics. I’m personally excited to add a few to my kindle today!

It would be an oversight not to include some suggestions for the kids. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has organized a 2015 Summer Reading List for K – 8th grade. Such a good resource.

Hope this list helps you pass the rest of summer by! Let us know what you are reading on our Facebook page or send us a message via Twitter (@NWEA). We’d love to hear from you.

Photo credit to Ellen Munro.