Summer Reading List

Summer is finally here, and for many this may mean months of sleeping late, hanging out with friends, vacationing, and continuous streaming of movies and television shows.  However, it can also mean finding a good book (or two) to read!  Plus, summer reading can also be beneficial!  It allows us to maintain structure and keep a pattern during the busy summer months.  Setting aside time to read is extremely important since keeping up with summer reading is needed and hugely beneficial for students.  For example, we would all expect our favorite athlete or musician to suffer if they didn’t practice for months!  Therefore, we have put together a list of suggested books to try reading this summer.  We encourage you to find the time to sit down with a good book and turn off all electronic devices.  Lastly, try looking into learning programs in your area.  Most public libraries, clubs or communities offer summer reading programs (or other educational activities) to students of all ages.

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  3. The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens by Sean Covey

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    Photo Credit: Florin Gorgan Flickr via Compfight cc

  4. The Healthy Coping Colouring Book and Journal: Creative Activities to Help Manage Stress, Anxiety and Other Big Feelings by Pooky Knightsmith
  5. The Girl Project by Kate Engelbrecht
  6. Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope by Byron Pitt
  7. Wonder by RJ Palacio
  8. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
  9. Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline Toner and Claire Freeland
  10. Fake Plastic Love by Kimberley Tait
  11. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal
  12. Freaking Out: Real-life Stories About Anxiety by Polly Wells and Peter Mitchell
  13. My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody
  14. 101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety: Simple Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks by Thomas McDonagh and Patrick Hatcher
  15. Trouble in My Head: A Young Girl’s Fight with Depression by Mathilde Monaque
  16. Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live by Kevin Breel
  17. YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens by Michael F. Roisen and Mehmet C. Oz
  18. All The Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen To Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey
  19. Startup by Doree Shafrir
  20. The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

For more book recommendations:

If you’re not keen on reading or plan on being in the car a lot this summer, try audiobooks (more recommendations here)!

Do you like to read during the summer?  Have you read any of the suggested books?  Do you have any book recommendations of your own?  We’d love to hear from you!

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