Summertime and the Reading Is Easy

Don’t Lose the Pleasure of Summertime Reading

Haddix quote

cannot trace the origin but love the sentiment

It seems that reading for pleasure is a lost art these days.  Several years ago, I began sending out “Ms. Little’s absolutely NOT mandatory summertime reading list.”  This was not a list of difficult AP books to be annotated before the next school term.  Instead, it was a list of books to read for fun.

Wait, people actually read for fun? Yes, they do!

One person who puts out a summertime reading list is Bill Gates. His titles are on the mature end but are often great recommendations for your faculty, parents, and older high school students. This summer he recommends 5 books that seem to help him experience empathy for “what it’s like to grow up outside the mainstream.”

Your summer 2017 reading list, provided by Bill Gates

The Not Mandatory Summertime Lists

The Association for Library Service to Children provides summertime lists for different age groups from pre-school to 8th grade. The site provides colorful tri-folds you can hand to students in these final days of school. For the older kids, I always keep the Teen Reads site handy. The “Coming Soon” section will have reviews for all the upcoming YA book releases. Teen Reads also has an Ultimate Reading List, and many of the reviews on the site are written by teens.

What I Am Reading This Summer

First on my summertime list, re-reading the books for our school’s “One Book” program. We have chosen “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr for the high school and “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio for the middle school. If you want to start a “One Book” program there are some great resources available in the program guide – Ideas from ALA for Bringing the whole community together.

Some other books on my summertime list include:

For Professional Development

  • UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Dr. Michele Borba
  • Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

For Pleasurereading a kindle

  • Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz [available July 25, 2017]
  • The Gender Game  by Bella Forrest
  • And many more…







Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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