School will be out for summer vacation soon, but that doesn’t mean learning has to end. Summer is an excellent time for children and adults alike to indulge in a good book. Take a book to the beach, on a camping trip, or on your morning commute and escape into a world other than your own. Whether you grab your e-reader, tablet, or an old-fashioned paperback, diving into the pages of a new story should be on your summer to-do list.
Summer reading can help:
- Maintain and advance skills learned in the classroom
- Keep minds sharp for the coming academic year
- Increase vocabulary and comprehension scores on standardized tests
- Increase understanding of interests and learn about new subjects
Looking for a suggestion? Browse the 2013 Massachusetts Book Award Winners, a list of mysteries set in western Massachusetts, personal favorites from the Boston Bruins, as well as Springfield City Library's Youth Services Department’s reading lists for kids, teens, and adults.
Join the conversation: What’s your favorite book?
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