Make the Most of Summer Reading

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School is out (or soon will be!) and everyone is reporting the same news: let your child pick their own summer reading. According to a study by the University of Rochester’s Medical Center, over 75% of students who were allowed to choose their own summer reading maintained or improved their reading levels. This is compared to a one-month literacy loss in students who didn’t get to choose their school assigned reading. Yikes! So while we fully support letting your kiddos pick what to read, we have a few suggestions that are great books for the whole family.

Under Cape Cod Waters was written and beautifully photographed by award-winning photojournalist Ethan Daniels. Any student interested in biology, science, or photography will fly right through it. The Cape’s often-overlooked coastline is filled with marine life that will not only intrigue, but also aesthetically entertain the most anti-summer reading students.

For the family that travels or has wanderlust, New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius can be used to inspire road trips. History-loving students will be fascinated by this read, as it explores 36 locations across the region that offer a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who shaped our nation.

The Boston Harbor Islands are practically in our backyard, and Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores will tell your family how to take advantage of the city’s best-kept secret. Take the kids for a hike around Georges Island, or create a family travel journal while visiting lighthouses. Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is full of ideas to get the family outside and exploring.

No matter what book your child decides to pick up this summer, we can all agree the important thing is to keep them reading. For more summer reading suggestions, check out Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge. And if you like our suggestions, you can find all of our titles here on our website, at,, and at your favorite independent bookstore.


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