Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading


School's out!

At Scholastic Parents Night: The Power of Summer Reading, a virtual panel of Scholastic authors, education experts, and booksellers will give tips and book recommendations that will keep kids excited to read all summer long!

Be sure to tune in for:

  • A book recommendation speed-round with an indie bookseller - Ask for recommendations based on your child's likes and needs!

  • Interviews with beloved authors Varian Johnson (Twins and The Parker Inheritance) and Kelly Yang (The Front Desk series)

  • Tips and tricks to keep your kids reading all summer - and loving it!

  • Swag! Attendees who visit the store after the event will receive a goodie bag (on a first come, first serve basis), and all attendees will receive digital activities, brochures and more! 


We will joined by:

  • Moderator John Schu: Host of Book Joy Live, author of the popular blog Watch. Read. Connect. and Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs.

  • Varian Johnson: Award-winning author of several books for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance and Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright.

  • Lauren Savage: Co-founder and owner of the Reading Bug Bookstore and Reading Bug Box in San Carlos, California and narrator of the Reading Bug Adventures story and music podcast.

  • Lizette Serrano: VP of Educational Marketing at Scholastic, Co-founder of the Power of Story initiative and a 2021 Summer Reading Ambassador.

  • Kelly Yang: Author of the award-winning Front Desk series and founder of The Kelly Yang project.


See below for a list of books from Scholastic and Pam's recommendations (from {pages}) you can purchase before or after the event.

Check out the official list here

Pam’s Picks for Summer Reading!

Picture Books

Itty Bitty Kitty Corn by Shannon Hale
Bear Can’t Wait by Karma Wilson
A New Day by Brad Meltzer
Oona by Kelly DiPuccio
The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
Peace Train by Peter Reynolds
Harold & Hog Pretend for Real by Dan Santat

Transitional Chapter Books
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake
Billy Miller Makes a Wish (or The Year of Billy Miller) by Kevin Henkes
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
I Am Walt Disney (or any of the I Am books) by Brad Meltzer
Dragon Masters by Tracey West
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Graphic Novels for Younger Readers (K-2)
Doggo & Pupper by Katherine Applegate
Bad Guys (#1-#12) by Aaron Blabey
Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation by Nic Bruel
Real Pigeons by Andrew McDonald
Owly by Andy Runton
Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka

Graphic Novels for Older Readers (3rd+)
Measuring Up by Llly Lamotte
Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney
Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Twins by Varian Johnson
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Surfside Girls by Kim Dwinell

Chapter Books

Kudo Kids: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist (and Kudo Kids in Manhattan) by Alex & Maia Shibutani
Bear Bottom by Stuart Gibbs
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Almost There and Almost Not by Linda Urban
The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt Phillips
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
City Spies (or Golden Gate) by James Ponti
Aru Shah #1 (and other Aru Shah books) by Roshani Choksi
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
Alone by Megan Freeman
Kid Innovators by Robin Stevenson
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Young Adult

Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers by Michelle Obama
It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
A Shot in the Dark by Marisa Reichardt
What’s Not to Love by Austin Siegemund-Broka & Emily Wibberley
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang


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