Ten Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

In honor of Summer Reading Day, here are 10 recommendations from the TASC family that are sure to get your kids hooked on reading this summer:

>   The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis: I love the Narnia series because kids are powerful in a magical world where animals talk. (Lisa Mielke, STEM Manager)

>Babysitters Club   Any Babysitters’ Club book: endless friendships, endless Claudia’s-outfits, endless stacks of books (I never did finish them all), endless stories of the many, many ways a girl can be a girl in the third wave of feminism. (Holly Burdorff, Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer)

>   When I was young I loved Amelia Bedelia books. During my pre-teen years, I obsessively read the Babysitters’ Club series (which also inspired my first entrepreneurial endeavor). (Jennifer Siaca Curry, Director of National Technical Assistance)

>   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Dame Agatha Christie: A stimulating merger of the historical and the mysterious in a summer read that entertains & challenges the mind a bit (but without all the literary paradigms of school-year novels). (Mark Diekmann, Grants Analyst)

Percy Jackson>   My son is currently loving the Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan. It’s great because he is gaining knowledge about Greek Mythology (Zeus, Hades, Poseidon). But the best part is that his friends have made a game of it at recess and each has taken on one of the characters (though I’m not so happy that he has chosen to be Hades…). (Monica Ingkavet, Director of Operations)

>   I also recommend the Percy Jackson series because it is an adventure set here in NYC. If it is too hot to read at home, you could go to the Met and read with the statues of the Olympic gods looking over your shoulder. (Rachel Chase, Program Director, Hunter FUSE)

>   A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett: I have vivid memories of racing into the Westbury Children’s Library, to the bookshelf right by the big picture window and reading this book each summer from about 3rd grade on. It brought you to a whole other world–learning how another child grew up and experiencing her ups and downs. (Rachel Sabella, Director of Government Relations)

>   A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle: What child isn’t intrigued with the idea of time travel? This is such a neat book that really makes you think “what if…” and encourages your mind to wander to another dimension…the 5th dimension! (Jessica Simonson, Program Director, AmeriCorps)

>   Any of the Harry Potter books: They are among the few books I would tear through in one sitting, and they’re special to me because they will always be a huge part of my childhood. (Rebecca Forbes, Grants and Contracts/Research Assistant)

>   My favorite bCold Sassy Treeook as a kid was Sabriel by Garth Nix, because it contained a vast world I could understand and get lost in. (Jonathan Firestone, 20-year-old son of Susan Brenna, Chief Communications Officer)

And my favorite summertime read as a teen: Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns. I read this with a group of girlfriends as part of our summer assigned reading for 10th-grade English. We raced each other to get to the end, not because we wanted to get it over with, but because it was that good. Small-town gossip, romance, religion, death, humor…what better way to spend a summer?

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Jess is TASC’s Web Communications Manager. She manages TASC’s website, social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube), video production, email communications, and this blog. In her past professional lives, she could be found writing for Education Week, tending the grounds at the Tufts University European Center or keeping the plants alive in various parks and community gardens throughout the five boroughs.

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  1. I love the Ronald Dahl books: “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and popular ones, “Matilda” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” These books take you on a journey into a world where anything can happen. It expands one’s imagination and creativity in a make-believe world, while incorporating real life themes of sustaining a sense of hope and perseverance through adversities. Great books!

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