Over the hissing of August cicadas, you can faintly hear the sound of children everywhere sighing. In just a few weeks, they’ll be packing up their shiny new eReaders and freshly sharpened colored pencils and heading back to school. Before the big yellow bus rounds the corner, you can check out these reading suggestions to ensure that students start off the school year on the right foot.
Just Starting Out
Get younger children (ages 9-12) get them hooked on reading with books like the Dragon Slayers’ Academy series (“Revenge of the Dragon Lady” “The New Kid at School“) is a great fast paced, funny, Fantasy fiction designed especially for boys. They now feature a fun Dragon Slayers’ Academy Yearbook at the end of each story, with funny profiles of the faculty, the staff, and, especially, the students of D.S.A. All the things kids want to know about their favorite characters are revealed: their silly nicknames, inner secrets, wildest dreams, and lofty plans for the future!
Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers
Less experienced readers require extra effort to connect with literature. An array of compelling choices with true-to-life storylines, as you’ll find in “Hate list,” will appeal to teen readers with elements of romance and drama. Kristen Cashore’s Seven Kingdoms Trilogy series (“Graceling” ) connect with older students by presenting characters where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Year after year, these tried-and-true classics inspire a fresh crop of kids. We carry essentials like “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Moby Dick,” “The Turn of the Screw” and dozens more of these high-school English must-haves. The classic titles are always available (everyone can download at the same time).
Teachers Need eBooks, Too!
Teachers know that learning is lifelong and that education shouldn’t stop with a diploma. OverDrive helps educators beef up on best practices with picks like “Boys and Girls Learn Differently” and “English Brainstormers! Ready-to-Use Games & Activities That Make Language Skills Fun to Learn”.
Additional Information on reluctant readers and eBooks: Young Readers Embrace eBooks