Summer Reading? Don't Sweat It with Our Suggested Summer Reading Lists
There’s a lot to do in University City and in the St. Louis region this summer. From hanging out with friends, visiting relatives or getting out to attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, Six Flags, local parks and museums, or even a favorite restaurant – there’s so much to choose from.
We want to remind our students about the importance of also picking up a good book in their downtime. To help them get started, our hard-working teachers have compiled a list of suggested titles for students in grades K-12. There are 93 titles in all.
Some of these authors may sound familiar to students and parents. Others may not. But these books were all carefully chosen for our students. Whether they’re looking to laugh, go on an adventure, or become more socially aware of the world they live in – chances are, there are several books just for them.
For the kindergarten reader, the book "Chocolate Me" was written by television and film actor, Taye Diggs. Spike Lee is an award-winning film director, producer, writer, and actor. He and his wife Tonya Lee collaborated on the children’s book "Please, Puppy, Please," which is sure to delight our early elementary readers. Tony Dungy, an NFL Hall of Fame coach and color analyst for Sunday Night Football, is also the author of the inspiring book, "You Can Do It!"
On Friday, April 26, 2019, New York Times best-selling author Jason Reynolds visited University City High School and took part in a question and answer session with Kameel Stanley, the former host of St. Louis Public Radio's award-winning podcast, We Live Here. More than 700 people came out to see Reynolds during the free and thought-provoking event. Reynolds has a unique ability to connect with middle school readers, especially boys.
Three of his novels made it onto our summer reading list this year, including "Ghost," "As Brave As You" and "All American Boys." To hear excerpts from his interview with Stanley, click here.