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Summer Reading: 2020

Use this guide to find Summer Reading ideas and suggestions!

Summer checkout info


  • Summer checkout: Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, 2020
  • Students are welcome to borrow 5 books for summer reading
  • All books are DUE back Friday, August 14, 2020

Why summer reading?

Avoid the "Summer Slide"! 

You should try to find time to read each and every day. Research shows students who read during the summer improve or maintain their reading skills. Kids who don't read at all see their skills slip as much as an entire grade level (Heyns 1978). 

 What can we read?

  • Award winners, suggestions from teachers or friends
  • Magazines, newspapers, your favourite blog
  • Comic books, whatever you like! 

This Libguide includes suggestions only and books are not required reading. You'll find teacher and student recommendations, award winners and just great reads! 

It doesn’t really matter what you read or where you read – just be sure to read every day! 

To learn more read this article from School Library Journal HERE.

Visiting author 2020-2021

Cindy Pon is an author of fantasy, science-fiction and dystopian teen literature.
Cindy is also a Chinese Brush artist. When she's not writing or painting, she likes to read, daydream, travel, eat and watch films in the theatre.
She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and part of the We Need Diverse Books advisory board.

We will welcome Cindy Pon for an in school, or online visit in Spring 2021.


Before you see the movie

2020 Award Winners!

New Graphic Novels

Reading poll

What will you read this summer?
Comics: 1 votes (12.5%)
The news!: 0 votes (0%)
Fiction: 6 votes (75%)
Non-Fiction: 0 votes (0%)
Online reading: 1 votes (12.5%)
Other: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 8

Must Reads!

Non-Fiction you have to try!

New York Times Summer Reading Contest


Link to SIS Database Passwords

Every week, the New York Times Online asks participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell them why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and they publish them!

New on SORA!

SORA by Overdrive

SIS subscribes to an online reading platform: Sora by Overdrive.
Login, choose from over 1,000 online ebooks or audiobooks, and download them to your own device.
It's a great way to read from any device, anywhere. You can borrow 2 books at a time.
See Mrs. Elliott if you have questions.

Search for: Pearl River Delta
Choose: Shekou International School
Login: Using your network/wifi/Schoolbase ID and password

Download the app HERE

Need help getting started or using Sora? Click HERE

SYNC: Free audiobooks this summer

Audiobooks are a great way to read during the summer.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. SYNC 2020 will use Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive.

Sync offers 2 NEW books each week, for 14 weeks! Each week 2 new audiobooks are available for FREE download.

June 4-10


June 11-17


June 18-24


Summer Reading Poll

How will you read this summer?
E-Books: 0 votes (0%)
Print books: 3 votes (100%)
Audio books: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

Battle of the Books 2021

Battle of the Books (BOB) is a team reading and trivia contest. Students create teams of 4-6, read the assigned books, and compete in a reading trivia competition! We will meet beginning in Janurary 2021, practice in teams, and then travel to a Pearl River Delta BOB competition. This is open to all students grades 6-12.

Middle School

High School 

More reading ideas!