Typically, high school students are required to read at least one book during the summer, either of their own choice or from a school approved reading list. At Half Price Books, we believe you should be rewarded for reading those books. So, we have expanded our Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program to include all high school students. All students have to do is read one book a month during June and July and visit the Feed Your Brain page to submit a review of their book. Then, readers can print out the review and bring it into their favorite HPB store in order to claim their Bookworm Bucks ($5 off their next purchase).
We believe that reading should be enjoyable and fun for everyone. So here are some of our reading recommendations and ways you can turn required reading into fun for the whole family.
Family Book Club
Having a family book club is a great way to get your kids to read that book they are required to read by their school. Also, it helps parents to understand what type of books their teens are reading. To discuss the book, include fun questions like “If this book was made into a movie, who would you cast in it and why?” or “Would you want to visit the place in which this book is set? Why or why not?”
Some great family book clubs would be:
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
This book is on a lot of school summer reading lists for all high school grades, and it is a good book to discuss with your kids.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Again, this book is on a lot of school summer reading lists, and a new book by Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, will be released on July 14. Plus, HPB will be reading this book for our Book Club during the months of June and July.
Your local HPB has many other recommendations for book club books.
Books: Read the Movie Nights
So many great books have been turned into movies. Why not use this fact to get teens interested in reading? Have them choose a book that has been made into a movie and then, after they are finished reading it, watch the movie. You can have some great discussions about what in the movie was different from the book.
Some great movie night books would be:
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Paper Towns, by John Green (in theaters July 24)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews (in theaters June 12)
And the list goes on…
Pick up a Feed Your Brain bookmark the next time you are in Half Price Books for more reading recommendations.
Want some great ideas for younger readers? Take a look at our picks.