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Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, whether you are sitting by the pool, driving on a long road trip or relaxing on the beach.

Here are some reasons why reading is beneficial, especially during the summer when kids are not in school:

  • Reading will help students succeed in high school.
  • Reading will help students succeed in classes in college.
  • Reading will help students build their vocabulary.
  • Reading will help students improve their reading comprehension.
  • Reading will help students improve their writing.
  • Reading will help students delve deeper into their current interests or find new ones.
  • Reading will help students with their college application essays.
  • Reading is a way for freshmen and sophomores to begin preparing for college without obsessing over college from the first day of high school.
  • Reading can be done anywhere.
  • Reading is relaxing and fun.

 Here are some recommendations from the Galin team for what to read this summer.

For Anyone:

  • The Art of Losing  by  Alice Zenter   
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’ Farrell     
  • How to be an Anti Racist by Ibram Kendi  
  • W;t (Wit) – a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson
  • The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Grendel – John Gardner
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Another play here by Tom Stoppard
  • Siddartha – Herman Hess
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
  • Between The World and Me by Tah-Nehisi Coates 
  • God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
  • Agatha Christie Mysteries
  • Election and Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold – a classic, and he discusses ecology local to the Madison area
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 
  • The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan 
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  • Slaughterhouse 5Kurt Vonnegut
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Native Son – Richard Wright
  • No-No Boy – John Okada
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Othello – William Shakespeare
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • WILD by Benito Cereno
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Aimee Leduc Mysteries
  • Lessons from the Hearland by Barbara Miner
  • Educating Milwaukee by James Nelson
  • Story of Edgar Sawtelle 
  • Paris: The Novel
  • The Bluest Eye
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • They Were Liars
  • Who Murdered Roger Acroid? 

Specifically for Parents:

  • Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  • Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide by Britt Hawthorne
  • Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
  • Social Justice Parenting by Traci Baxley


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