2012 Summer Reading List for Students
Just because school is out does not mean your kids should not get to enjoy a great book. Take them to the library or to a bookstore to check these out. But be prepared: as they discover new things about Earth and space or try their hands at a new experiment, they may wish that the summer break was just a little bit longer!
For Elementary School:
The Armadillo from Amarillo
Follow an armadillo named Sasparillo on his adventures and gain new (and strange!) perspectives of the planet we call home.
Basher Science Books
Make room for this bright and colorful series of books for young minds interested in science. With these in hand, they will learn about a myriad of science topics: from the workings of weather to rocks and minerals and the depth of the oceans.
The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet
Art and science come together to tell the story of water – from where it came from to its relationship with living things.
The Everything Kid’s Science Experiments Book
If your child likes to get his hands dirty, grab this book and get ready for some fun science experiments.
Dr. Seuss uses his wit and charm to deliver an important message about the environment through this fun story.
Mapping Penny’s World
For young explorers out there, this book introduces the basics of mapmaking through Lisa and her Boston terrier, Penny.
Out of this World: Poems and Facts about Space
If your child likes reading and science, this is the book for them. Beautiful poems about everything from stars to satellites will help them learn new facts about space.
For Middle School:
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
This classic science fiction story follows the adventures of Captain Nemo and others aboard the Nautilus submarine in their exotic travels through the world’s oceans.
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure
In his dreams, a boy who hates math meets a Number Devil, who introduces him to the incredible world of numbers and mathematics.
Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
If your child likes things that are gross, they cannot miss this funny encyclopedia!
World without Fish
This book tells explains the links between the fish we eat, the oceans and the environment and how this knowledge can help us make a difference.
For High School:
A Short History of Nearly Everything
In a clear and always engaging fashion, Bill Bryson explores some of the biggest questions we have asked ourselves throughout human history.
Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet
NASA is planning four missions to Mars in the next 10 years. This book takes a look at the history of our exploration of Mars and what to expect in the future.
What are the stories we tell to justify our eating habits? Foer examines that question and discovers where our food comes from.
Scientist George Gamow explains modern physics to readers through the adventures of bank teller Mr. Tompkins.