Book Recommendations

Reading is a great way to combat learning loss during the summer, as well as to feed your mind and enrich your life. What books do you recommend for children and adults this summer?

For more information on summer learning loss, please see my post here:

Anne Johnson Landry
Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor
Office of State Senator William N. Brownsberger

Published by Anne Johnson Landry

Anne works as Committee Counsel and Policy Advisor to Senator Brownsberger.

5 replies on “Book Recommendations”

  1. I would suggest books on nature that would encourage kids to explore the summer world of nature, and to care about how we treat it and what happens to it.

  2. Some of my favorite books include:

    -A Thousand Splendid Sons by Khaled Hosseini
    -The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
    -The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    -The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

    I feel as though these four books offer different perspectives on life and are all extremely inspiring. I would definitely recommend them for a good read!

  3. I would recommended:

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    These books are more suited for an older audience, but I think they will find them thought-provoking and informative.

  4. Some of Senator Brownsberger’s staff’s favorites include the following:


    Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery

    The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

    A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle

    Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

    The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander

    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    The BFG by Roald Dahl

    Matilda by Roald Dahl

    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    City of Ember by Jeanne DuPraul

    The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

    The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing: a trilogy by Kenneth Oppel

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

    Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

    Poppy and Rye by Avi

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

    My Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland: a trilogy by Ruth Stiles Gannett

    Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling

    The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico


    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

    City of Thieves by David Benioff

    Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

    The Sunday Philosophy Club series by Alexander McCall Smith

    The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

    Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker

    In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

    The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

    Nemesis by Jo Nesbo

    Munster’s Case by Hakan Nesser

    The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jossi Adla Olsen

    The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

    The Condemnation of Little B by Elaine Brown

    Martin & Malcolm & America by James Cone

    The Power of the Powerless by Christopher de Vinck

    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

    Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy

    Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

    The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

    No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Straight Man by Richard Russo

    Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

    A Boys Life by Tobias Wolff

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

    Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

    The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour

    Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

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