With the start of the summer holidays, students should be actively encouraged by their parents/guardians to read for pleasure and parents/guardians should also read as an example to them and others. Join your local public library summer reading programme, talk to your friends about books/magazines/graphic novels to read or read some of the recommended books in Stratford's book lists.
In 2011 the JCSP (Junior Certificate School Programme) Library Project compiled a report about the importance of Summer Reading Programmes. Authored by Kathleen Moran, the Senior Project Librarian for the JCSP Library Project, the report highlights the importance of students and parents actively reading during the summer months. Make a point of visiting your local library and/or going to the following websites for Young Adult recommended summer reads:
- Reading Hack Top 10 Quick Reads for Summer 2017
- Best Graphic Novels & Comics by www.goodreads.com (2016)
- Best Young Adult Fiction by www.goodreads.com (2016)
- Best Young Adult and Fantasy Fiction by www.goodreads.com (2016)
- Top 5 YouTube Book Vloggers as listed in The Guardian (2016)
- Inis Magazine (produced by Children's Books Ireland) and search their reviews by age group
- Dublin City Libraries recommended coming-of-age reads (2015)
- Books for Keeps (online UK Children's Books Magazine) and search their reviews by age group
- World Book Day Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change your life (2014)
See also the Library blog on the The Life-Long Benefits of Reading for Pleasure.
Ms. O'Kelly, Librarian