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May 30, 2017

My “I Love to Read” Summer Vacation

By Nancy Jang
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Okay, I have a confession. I am a book addict and proud of it. As a child, I LIVED for Scholastic book orders and the book fair. Every penny I had, I spent on books. I remember as a teenager, my mom would take me to the mall and leave me in the bookstore. I would read for hours while she shopped. I was content to be lost in each story, rather than trying on the latest fashions.

    And even now, I have on many occasions sat in the children’s area in a bookstore and read every single picture book in the store. EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK.

    I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend a hot summer day than reading books in a bookstore and enjoying free air conditioning with a Starbucks right there for coffee and snacks! I discover new authors and awesome new books by my favorite authors. At the end of the day, I leave with a stack of amazing titles that I have fallen in love with.

    With summer vacation approaching (or underway) for everyone, this is a wonderful shopping list to grab a few books for road trips, beach days, or lazing on the grass on a blanket.

     

    So this is my current “favorites” list. Here are 100 books and authors I love to read all year long. This is also an amazing list to send home with the kiddos for summer reading and especially the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Click here or on the image below to print out my list.

    I should add that this list is totally kid-approved! My kiddos had fun reading these books over and over again, and we hope you will too. Here is a quick video of some of my second graders sharing their favorite books! Enjoy!

    Besides reading kids books for use in the classroom, I love reading for pleasure. I don’t get to indulge in this as often as I would like so during the madness of the school year, I pile books in a basket near my bed until vacation time. Then I try to read all the books in my basket sometime during vacation — usually on a plane, in a doctor’s office, or even pulling an all-nighter playing the “I’ll go to sleep after the next chapter…” game. (Raise your hand if you have done that yourself!)

    Here is what is in my summer reading basket:

    1.   Warheart by Terry Goodkind

    2.   Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind

    3.   Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline

    4.   The Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card

    5.   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

    6.   The newest Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher

    7.   All of the Jack Reacher books

    8.   Game of Thrones books (re-reading them again) by George R.R. Martin

    9.    Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

    I can’t wait to dive into my reading basket this summer. What’s on your reading list?

     

    Happy reading!

    Nancy

    Okay, I have a confession. I am a book addict and proud of it. As a child, I LIVED for Scholastic book orders and the book fair. Every penny I had, I spent on books. I remember as a teenager, my mom would take me to the mall and leave me in the bookstore. I would read for hours while she shopped. I was content to be lost in each story, rather than trying on the latest fashions.

    And even now, I have on many occasions sat in the children’s area in a bookstore and read every single picture book in the store. EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK.

    I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend a hot summer day than reading books in a bookstore and enjoying free air conditioning with a Starbucks right there for coffee and snacks! I discover new authors and awesome new books by my favorite authors. At the end of the day, I leave with a stack of amazing titles that I have fallen in love with.

    With summer vacation approaching (or underway) for everyone, this is a wonderful shopping list to grab a few books for road trips, beach days, or lazing on the grass on a blanket.

     

    So this is my current “favorites” list. Here are 100 books and authors I love to read all year long. This is also an amazing list to send home with the kiddos for summer reading and especially the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Click here or on the image below to print out my list.

    I should add that this list is totally kid-approved! My kiddos had fun reading these books over and over again, and we hope you will too. Here is a quick video of some of my second graders sharing their favorite books! Enjoy!

    Besides reading kids books for use in the classroom, I love reading for pleasure. I don’t get to indulge in this as often as I would like so during the madness of the school year, I pile books in a basket near my bed until vacation time. Then I try to read all the books in my basket sometime during vacation — usually on a plane, in a doctor’s office, or even pulling an all-nighter playing the “I’ll go to sleep after the next chapter…” game. (Raise your hand if you have done that yourself!)

    Here is what is in my summer reading basket:

    1.   Warheart by Terry Goodkind

    2.   Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind

    3.   Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline

    4.   The Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card

    5.   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

    6.   The newest Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher

    7.   All of the Jack Reacher books

    8.   Game of Thrones books (re-reading them again) by George R.R. Martin

    9.    Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

    I can’t wait to dive into my reading basket this summer. What’s on your reading list?

     

    Happy reading!

    Nancy

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