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Summer Reading
Posted on 05/31/2019
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Summer Reading 2019: Read What You Love

Summer Reading Position Statement

Summer reading has many purposes. It helps to improve students’ reading stamina, comprehension, and confidence. Most importantly, summer reading inspires students to develop a lifelong love of reading. This summer, we are encouraging students to read what they love: any genre, any medium, any style. By allowing students to select their own texts and to sustain that reading over the summer, we hope students’ identities as readers will continue to grow throughout the summer months as they read for enjoyment, read to preview upcoming texts, and read to travel to the destiny of their choosing.


Reading Pathways for Middle School Students

  • Option A: Choose one of the recommendations from a book list or choose a title recommended to you by someone you know. Ask your friends, ask your teachers, ask your media specialist, ask your family for ideas!


  • Option B: Partner with your local library. Visit your local branch to register for their summer reading program.


  • Option C: Read one of this year’s nominees for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for grades 6-9.


Alexander, Kwame – Rebound
Dee, Barbara – Halfway Normal
Greenwald, Tommy – Game Changer
Hood, Susan – Lifeboat 12
Key, Watt – Deep Water
McAnulty, Stacy – The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Rhodes, Jewell Parker – Ghost Boys
Saeed, Aisha – Amal Unbound
Stone, Tamara Ireland – Click’d
Swanson, James L. – Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin




Next Steps

  1. Use the hashtag #BCPSummerRead and post a picture of your book and a tweet about your thoughts on the story.
  2. Select an activity from the attached matrix to share what you read with others!


Parent Note: We encourage parents to select a book with their child to read this summer. Some books may have content or themes that are not suitable for all audiences.

Need Suggestions or Access to Free Books?

Links To Check Out:

Places To Visit:

  • Your school library – Current 6th and 7th graders will have an opportunity for summer book checkout when they visit the library to return their computers for the summer. They’ll also receive info on the BCPL summer reading program at this time.
  • Your local library
  • The Book Thing of Baltimore (free books):

What Now?

Keep On Reading!

Select another title and keep on reading! Did you really enjoy your book? Check out another book by the same author? Is your book part of a series? Read the others!


Make a Podcast

Share your thoughts on the story through a Podcast. Create your Podcast and share it with others.

Write a Journal Entry

Share your thoughts on the story through a journal entry! Talk about your favorite character, your favorite part of the story, and more.


Your Choice

Share what you loved about your book through another way of your own choosing!

Tweet About It

Use the hashtag #BCPSummerRead and post a picture of your book and a tweet about your thoughts on the story.

Create a Book Trailer

Make a book trailer to advertise your book so that others will want to read it, too!


Write a Letter to the Author

Write a letter to the author telling the author what you enjoyed about the story or what you learned from it.


Create a Visual

Create a visual representation of a key scene in your story.

Write and Present a Skit

Make your book come to life. Turn it in to a skit!