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Summer Reading Recommendations with Virtua eBooks

One of the most common conversations I had as an English teacher was students telling me that they were dreading the class because they “did not like books.” This often led to a larger conversation about how for many students, reading is a purely academic activity. I would always explain that while it is completely fair to not love every book they read in school, they should not use that to disregard reading altogether. Books are a medium of entertainment, like movies and television. There are works that appeal to any interest. Virtua Library, a part of the Virtua digital learning platform, has over 25,000 eBooks and thousands of Audio Books that cover a diverse range of topics. There are works sure to engage any type of reader. With that in mind here are some summer reading recommendations from our Virtua Library: 

Comic Fans: Peanuts 

For people who like comics and want to reconnect with classic comic characters, or learn about them for the first time, Peanuts is a great read. Readers follow the adventures, and often misadventures, of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of their friends. These stories capture the joy of childhood exploration, and revisits friendships that have entertained readers for decades. People who want to continue exploring classics can read about Garfield as he continues to befuddle his owner Jonathan and his co-pet Odie. Those who want to see adventure can read Bravest Warriors, the comic based on the work of Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. Best for students grades 3-5 

Middle School Readers: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 

This series follows Middle Schooler Greg Heffley as he navigates the unique challenges of middle school and tries to become popular. The stories are told from the perspective of Greg’s diary, author Jeff Kinney does an excellent job in capturing the authentic voice and perspective of a 12 year old trying to navigate friendship, talking to girls, and disagreements with siblings, all while peppering the pages with simple and funny illustrations. Best of all, the book is part of a larger series, which can keep a reader engaged for hours of entertainment. Best for students grades 5-8 

Sports Fans: Football and Its Greatest Players 

Young sports fans will enjoy  engaging with the sports they love in an entirely new way with books like Football and Its Greatest Players. This book explores the rules and history of football, as well as the athletes that have shaped the sport. If your child is a fan of another sport, that is not a problem!  Similar books are available about baseball, basketball, volleyball, hockey, lacrosse and soccer.  And readers can go from fans to students of the game as they read about different icons and how they learned to be successful.  Virtua Library has works that focus on athletes like Alex Morgan, Lebron James, Tom Brady, and Serena Williams. No matter what your child is interested in, there are books to inspire them as a reader, fan, and athlete. Best for Grades 5-8 

People Looking for Horror: Goosebumps 

For almost thirty years, young horror fans have fallen in love with the genre through “Goosebumps.” Virtua Library has over thirtyaudio books from this classic series for readers. Classics from the series like One Day in Horrorland, Night of the Living Dummy, and Monster Blood are sure to provide weeks of entertainment. The audio book format allows readers to truly immerse themselves in these atmospheric texts while experiencing reading in an entirely new way. Best for Grades 3-5

Mystery Fans: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 

From shows like Sherlock and Elementary, to the Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Junior, to parlor room mystery films like Knives Out, the shadow of Arthur Conan Doyle’s gentleman detective still looms large over pop culture. Readers who want to go back to the source can read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the Virtua Library. This collection of works contains many of the detective’s most famous tales, such as A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, and The Adventure of the Speckled Band. These works provide an incredible window into the world of Victorian London and into some of the foundational texts of detective literature that still influence authors today. Best for Grades 9-12

With thousands of titles, Virtua Library presents an incredible amount of avenues towards a life-long love of reading. Make sure to check back regularly, as the carousels on the platform regularly update to show the great resources available. To learn more about Virtua Library, click here. 

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