Our Summer Challenge from you!
By Michael on June 22nd, 2012
Last week, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to send us your Summer Reading challenges. The response was AMAZING!
I decided to get some help from my staff at The Scholastic Store and here is what they came up with:
There were several comments (from MARTHA and MARIA for example) asking about graphic novels (or books that included graphic elements.) Neota, the Buyer for The Scholastic Store, suggests the Amulet series, The Baby-Sitters Club and Smile . For those who want books with some graphic elements…The Loser List, The Fourth Stall and Swindle.
RUTH asked about a book, including non-fiction, for her 11 year old daughter that likes The Hunger Games, Harry Potter & Lemony Snicket. Rachel from my team suggests The Underland Chronicles, also written by Suzanne Collins. In non-fiction, she suggests the new Discover More series. There are some new titles in this series perfect for older kids such as Ocean and Sea, The Elements, and Night Sky.
One of the concerns we get a lot involved advanced readers. CHRISTINA has a daughter in 1st grade reading at a 4th grade level. Tanya, who works in the store, suggests Allie Finkle, Thea Stilton or the Marty McGuire series.
Finally, there were a few questions about kids with ADHD. I reached out to Francie Alexander, Scholastic’s Chief Academic Officer for some suggestions. She told me that if focus is an issue, summer is an ideal time to read as kids can choose their environment. Let them go where it’s easiest…whether that be curled up in a corner or lying by the pool! She also said that some kids with ADHD do better with technology and an e-reading app, like Storia, might work. (She also mentioned that it can be downloaded for free!!) Books like the Percy Jackson series, where the main character has a challenge himself, are great for this group as well.
Thanks to all who submitted their questions and we hope you have fun reading all summer long! (PS-be sure to log your minutes at scholastic.com/summer!)
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