I loved so many books as a child! 

This was Cynthia Nesbit’s (Interstellar Cinderella and Please Bring Balloons) response when we asked our NYCCT Family of Artists to recommend a children’s book for our annual Summer Reading List.  Below are book choices from some of our cast 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!

2018 Summer Reading List

Click each book to learn more about the book and who chose it! 

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien | Best for ages 12 and up
Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

Katharine Holabird | Best for ages 3-5
The BFG

The BFG

Roald Dahl | Best for ages 8-12
Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister | Best for ages 4-8
A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle | Best for Ages 10-14
The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Susanna Davidson | Best for ages 4-8
Matilda

Matilda

Roald Dahl | Best for ages 8-12
Elmer and the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer and the Patchwork Elephant

David McKee | Best for ages 4-8
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling | Best for ages 9-12