Cougars & the Community Read! Summer Reading Program
We have partnered with the Kutztown Community Library and Firefly Bookstore to bring the joy of reading to the community!
As we enter into summer break, the English Language Arts (ELA) department has exciting news to share with you about Summer Reading. This summer, there are no required reading lists (other than high school AP courses), no projects, no tests. We just want you to read! Below are the ways you can participate in the “Cougars & the Community Read” summer program.
Get Free/Discounted Books!
Students entering grades 6-12 in the 2020/21 school year will receive a $15 coupon to use at the local, independently owned Firefly Bookstore. A coupon code will be emailed to you from your teacher.
Additionally, Firefly Bookstore is offering ALL K-12 students 25% off select book purchases on their website. This coupon code cannot be used in combination with other coupons or offers. One coupon per customer. Use coupon code: FIREFLYREADING when checking out.
Want to Borrow Books?
Starting June 15, you may borrow books from any KASD library this summer! Follow these 4 easy steps:
- Go to Kutztown’s Library Catalog, Destiny.
- Select your School, and then search in the search window, or select the Visual tab, or Destiny Quest tab.
- Click on a book from your results list to learn more about it.
- Fill out the Book Request form, and then pick up your books at the Kutztown Community Public Library. (See their website for dates/times.)
Of course, you can also borrow books from the Community Library, as well! (If you need a Community Library card, just click here.)
Not Sure What to Read? If you’re not sure what book(s) to read, some teachers have suggested a few books for you. Check out the Teacher Recommendations, below, or see the recommendations here.
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
Restart by Gordon Korman
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Giver (series) by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (a fast, can't put it down read)
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (series) by Rick Riordan
Shelter (Book One)-A Mickey Bolitar novel by Harlan Coben
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
We Should Hangout Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Fault in our Stars by John Greene
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhoades
Soar by Joan Bauer
The Changling by Philippa Gregory
Simon by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry
Ghost by Jason Reynolds (for a fast, can't put it down read)
Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (for all science and mystery-loving readers)
Any field guide to learn more about the amazing flora and fauna in your backyard
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. A funny adventure story of middle schooler Ben Ripley who gets recruited to the CIA's Academy of Espionage.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer. A story told in emails about two middle schoolers who have never met but whose parents are involved in a long distance relationship. The parents plot to send the kids to summer camp so they can meet.
Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt. Orphan Nicki Demere’s story. She's a middle schooler who is placed with a family that's in the Witness Protection Program.