Summer Reading!

Summer is an important time for children to take a break from school to focus on their hobbies, fun, playing outdoors, biking, swimming, travelling, and so on! One often overlooked summer activity, however, is reading. Some of my best summer memories are reading good books – usually on a balcony, by a lake, up a tree, or anywhere else outdoors!

109,041 BEST Reading Tree IMAGES, STOCK PHOTOS & VECTORS | Adobe Stock

It can be tough to dive into a new book at first, but after a few pages or chapters it absorbs you and can be an amazing way for children to run wild with their imagination during the summer months. And as a bonus they will strengthen their reading skills before next school year.

So, for one of my final blog posts this year, I want to encourage (not force!) as many students as possible to pick up a book to read this summer. Or, if not reading, my second advice would be to find a good audio book and get into that! Audiobooks can also be a great way to digest a book and also practice listening and comprehension skills.

Even better if you can find a book or audiobook in English! There are several English book stores around Bratislava that you can check out.

Audiobooks: The happy medium of spoken-word literature

Some children prefer to read fiction and some prefer to read non-fiction. Personally, when I was younger I always preferred to read fiction in the summer time as it felt more imaginative and less like work.

Below are a few suggestions of exciting and captivating English fictional books and book series, a few of which were my absolute favourites growing up:

  • Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling)
  • Percy Jackson series (Rick Riordan)
  • Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)
  • Shadow Children series (Margaret Haddix) – one of my favourites, see picture below!
  • Thief Lord (Cornelia Funke)
  • Holes (Louis Sachar)
  • The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
  • Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)
Among the hidden (and others in the series) | Shadow children series, Books,  Thriller books

If you want any more suggestions, please feel free to email me: beadle@eisbratislava.org

Enjoy your summer reading! 🙂

Thomas Beadle

As a new teacher at EISB, I would like to share a bit about myself. My name is Thomas Beadle (Mr. Thomas) and I am originally from Ottawa, Canada. I just moved to Bratislava at the beginning of August to begin an exciting new chapter teaching at EISB. The main subjects I will be teaching here are ‘English Language & Literature’ and ‘Individuals & Societies’ in the IB MYP. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting you all!

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