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.
2018 Summer Reading List
Click each book to learn more about the book and who chose it!