Good Summer Reads ~ Something for Everyone

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Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. Below are a couple of recommended lists — from high-brow and practical — to down-right fun.

From the Washington Post, the first is a unique summer reading list with books selected by college admissions deans and counselors. Here’s a sample:

“How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” by: Julie Lythcott-Haims; recommended by Liz Pleshette, Director of College Counseling, Latin School of Chicago, IL.”

“Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined” by Scott Barry Kaufman; recommended by Joe Freeman, Assistant Director of College Counseling, Randolph School, AL”

Read the entire list here.

Over at the TED Blog you can find 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees. Here’s a sample on creativity by TED speaker Tony Fadell:

“At TED2015, Tony Fadell — the man behind the iPod and Nest — managed to turn an observation about the little stickers on fruit that you inevitably forget to peel off before eating into an intriguing TED Talk. His book recommendations focus on the bounds of creativity:

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. “Kahneman is brilliant. His latest book offers a fascinating look at how our brains work, and how they push us to act in ways that aren’t always in our best interest.”

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough. “By offering evidence that traits like empathy, determination and self-control tend to be better predictors of success than IQ, Tough will make you think differently about raising kids in a highly competitive world.”

Check out the entire list here.

The New Yorker’s “What We’re Reading This Summer” includes recommendations from Junot Díaz and Nathan Heller. You can peruse it here.

The Independent has a great list — 90 books chosen by 40 literary luminaries. Here’s a sample:

“Highbrow literary fiction or otherwise, it’s not always the new that has the greatest lure. Among the novelists, critics and publishers in these pages who reveal the books they will be packing for the summer is a rich mix of classics that will either be re-visited or opened for the first time, from Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita to Alice in Wonderland. Many who are determined to catch up on the best of spring reading cite Kazuo Ishiguro’s fantasy novel, The Buried Giant as well as Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins.”

Check out their entire list here.

If you’re looking for something new for a youngster in your home, the Washington Post includes a list of “50 Great Books for Kids to Read This Summer.”

Here, from Scholastic Instructor, is a list of 50 great books for kids to read over the summer. The list, which was assembled with the help of teachers and others, offers books that will appeal to students from pre-K through eighth grade. Categories of books are humor, fantasy and adventure, nonfiction, realistic fiction,  magic and mystery, picture books.


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
By Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath. $16.99. Grades 4–6.
In letters to her dearly departed abuelita and others, Sophie worries about missing L.A., her dad’s unemployment, and poultry thieves. Her voice rings true in this tale of family, adventure, and raising chickens.

Return to Augie Hobble
By Lane Smith. $16.99. Grades 4–7.
“This has a little bit of everything: twisted fairy tales, werewolves, bullies, and humor.”
—Karen Arendt, librarian, T. J. Connor Elementary, Scottsville, NY”

Read the entire piece here.


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