Oh no. It’s so impossible to pick one.

This was James Ortiz’s (puppet designer for Wringer) response when we asked our NYCCT Family of Artists to recommend a children’s book for our first annual Summer Reading List. And we couldn’t agree with him more!  Which is why we wanted to give you choices from some of our cast and creative team to help make picking out books to read with your children this summer a little bit easier.

Summer Reading Facts

According to Scholastic:

  • Children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall? Reading builds vocabulary and comprehensions. It’s also fun.
  • During the school year, lower income children’s skills improve at close to the same rate as those of their more advantaged peers – but over the summer, middle- and upper-income children’s skills continue to improve, while lower income children’s skills do not. It is estimated that the “Summer Slide” accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle- and upper-income peers.
  • 3rd graders who can’t read on grade level are four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than a proficient reader.
  • Teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material students have forgotten over the summer.

92% of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves. Get them in on the fun and see which of these books they’d be interested in reading!

Did they choose a different book? Tell us which one they chose in the comments or on Twitter @nyckidstheater using the hashtag #NYCCTReads.

Happy Reading!

2017 Summer Reading List
The Sneetches and Other Stories

The Sneetches and Other Stories

Written by Dr. Seuss. Ages 5-8
When You are Happy

When You are Happy

Written by Eileen Spinelli. Ages 3-6
The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

Written by Shel Siverstein. Ages 6-8
Holes

Holes

Written by Louis Sachar. Ages 9-11
Number the Stars

Number the Stars

Written by Lois Lowry. Ages 10-14
Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat

Written by James Dean and Eric Litwin. Ages 3-6
A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Written by Lemony Snicket. Ages 9-12
The Adventures of Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Written by Dav Pilkey. Ages 7-10
Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Written by J.M. Barrie. Ages 5-10