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What should your child be reading?

It's hard to narrow it down, but to kick off a strong summer of reading, Hamilton County Schools has compiled a list of five must reads for #HCSReads2020 summer of reading based off librarian recommendations from the 2019-2020 school year. 

"Reading in the summer helps build on the skills obtained during the school year so that learning continues into the next grade year," said Corinne Hill, executive director of the Chattanooga Public Library. "We need the support and encouragement of families to ensure that all of our children become excellent readers. Happy Reading!"

The books included are: 

1. Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"Students and adults alike can learn a bit about friendships and figuring out who deserves your love by reading this story."  Mary Poteet, librarian at Middle Valley Elementary. 

2. Warcross by Marie Lu

"The students love to read this book because the story is colorful and high-tech, yet it's also completely plausible and realistic. They love the blend of heart-stopping action and the way the author uses what-if factors about technology and the future to portray human nature and moral dilemmas." — Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School.

3. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

"Our students enjoy reading how Roz, the robot, finds a purpose on a remote island after being washed up to shore during a violent hurricane." — Donna Hatmaker, librarian at DuPont Elementary.

4. Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff

"One student told me that she didn't like to read until she found this book. Now she is one of my biggest readers.." — Renee Ziemann, librarian at Sale Creek Middle.

5. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

"Students are moved by this heartbreaking yet uplifting story about family, love, loss, and hope." — Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School

Click here to check out more books to read this summer.

And for more tips on what books your child should be reading, read this 2019 story from our education reporter, Meghan Mangrum. 

— Allison Collins, digital and engagement editor