#Summerreading Party!

June 1st, 2012 by

summer-readingI love wearing my Hufflepuff scarf and my Mockingjay pin to show off my Harry Potter and Hunger Games pride. Loving those books is a big part of who I am. But what’s cool is that other fans can instantly recognize me as a kindred spirit. And it goes both ways — like the other day when I stopped a stranger on the street because he was carrying a District 2 backpack!

But how can we have the same experience with everyone in the world, instead of just the people we see in person? Well, The New York Times has the answer!

On June 7th, they’re hosting a day for everyone to shout out their summer reading plans. Kids and adults from all over the planet are invited to post their thoughts on summer reading and/or the books on their personal to-read lists. Throughout the day, The New York Times will re-broadcast their favorites!

Here’s the only catch: the whole thing will take place on Twitter, which most of you guys probably are not on because you’re under 13. But that’s where we come in — just leave a comment here before June 7th and we’ll tweet it on your behalf on the big day! And if your contribution gets re-posted by The New York Times, you can bet we’ll report it here!

Not sure what you want to say? The New York Times has some ideas:

  • What you want to read — or have to read — this summer
  • Wonderful, or awful, memories of summer reading
  • Quotes about summer reading, or about reading in general
  • Book recommendations for others
  • Summer book club ideas
  • Summer site-specific recommendations: best beach books, camping books, car-trip audio books, family-reunion books, etc.
  • Best places to summer-read, or best things to eat and drink while summer reading
  • Thoughts about the concept of “summer reading” in general. For instance, why isn’t there “fall reading” or “winter reading”?

For my part, I have SO MANY things to say about summer reading, I already know one tweet won’t be enough to express them all. It’s going to be like a chorus of songbirds, I’m gonna tweet so much! For example:

Gonna read Wonder by RJ Palacio, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath! #summerreading

If not too hot, my fave #summerreading spot is Central Park. When it’s sweltering, I turn on AC & read in my armchair w/ pint of ice cream.

Best #summerreading memory = racing through new Harry Potter bks. My eyes tripped over the words, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen!

What do YOU have to say? Leave a comment, and we’ll tweet it for you! And don’t forget to leave your first name and your age — we’ll include that when we post.

Happy summer reading!

— Karen

Karen always has trouble writing tweets because she likes to use lots and lots… and lots and lots… and lots of words. The Twitter character limit is like torture for her!

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30 Responses

  • Timon writes:
    June 6th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I remember filling out my summer reading list and reading so many books that I had to go to the back of the page to list them all. That fall, my teacher didn’t believe that I had read all 5 Chronicles of Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander, until I showed her the shoebox dioramas I voluntarily made depicting various scenes from each book!

  • Joseph writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I think we should read harry potter

  • Kora writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    this ……………………………………………………………………………

    • sekai writes:
      June 7th, 2012 at 11:16 am

      i think i want to read a book call

  • Sean writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    The genre I want to read is fiction I want to read James and The Giant Peach And Beyblade Books. My summer reading list will be fantasy books.

  • Bridget writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    My reading list is the book,anastasia,beverly clearly,magical books,justin bie, bieber books victorious from nickelodeon and superstar ,biography ,and information from superstar books.beyblade books.Those are the books I like.

  • Blady writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    This summer i want to read a beybay book.

  • kevin writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    i want to read over the summer diary of a wimpy kid books because it has funny things and he talk about his life.

  • Keysaun writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I want to read a book called the reptile room it is a great book but i never finished reading it.I think the summer time will be the perfect time to finish it.

  • Bryan writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I want to read fiction books and non fiction books because they both give you high quality work and it is good books for you.

  • Ashley writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I want to read over this summer is Justin Bieber books.Because his books are so awesome that they have explamation points and they are so exititng.And he has pictures of him and i like him.

  • Genesis writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I want to read non-fiction books,because they talk about science.

  • Emilly writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I want to read fiction books in a reading park because it is very peaceful.Thank you!

  • Jamiq writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:24 am

    i would like to read james and the giant peach because i think that it is an amazing book.

  • Treasure writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I want to read all the books i get or buy so my brain can grow

  • Amir writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    This summer I want to read cool and funny books.I know they will be good books for me because

  • Fatima writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I want to read magical books and faries in it and alot off other fairie books with real characters.

    • Amari writes:
      June 7th, 2012 at 11:12 am

      I agre with you fatima becuse lots of kids licke faris.

  • isaiah writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:07 am

    i want to read and find some BeyBlade’s,monsuno,and some narto books!

  • tyson writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    i want to read about
    this summer is sports books.Like how to improve at karate . It is a great book.But i did not finish it. But it is a great book.

  • aedmola writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    What i like about summer reading is that they put books that have feeling. ttt

  • david writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I would like to read a book about a basketbal player.I would like ohter peopl read a basketball books to.

  • jacklyn writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    over the summer I want to read at the beach because the beach is sunny and I like to read books like diary of the wimpy kids all of them and clemantine because there all funny.

  • keidy writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    i want to read about doctors.i want to read about doctors because i want to be

  • darryl writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:17 am

    this summer kids should read james and the giant peach because it is a funny book an i think kids should read it

  • bryan writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    This summer people should read diary of the wimpy kid books because the summer is fun and diary of the wimpy kid prepare your summer to party.In the book people are made out of sticks and there dump. people should read in a nature vally there is water lots of logs it is a peaceful scean.but you might go to coney iland and read there you might not do that you will lose your time .
    so do not to the beach.

  • zenia writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I wont to go to the beach and read a book for the summer.But i have to read more book at the beach becuse i can get atan.however if i have no books i will not move a level.i will slip a levle! and in fall i will just stare at the book.however the summer is rilly fun for reading a book however ilove books.

  • Jayden writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Some people should read james and the giant peach.But they think they don’t.Telavision is bad for you and is goining to make you not smart.Reading is the

  • hafsat writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    In the summer I will want to read Roald Dahl books,Judy Moody,fairys,Diary of the Wimpy kid,because they are intresting for kids to read,I want to read them in the beach because there is no destraction.

  • Amari writes:
    June 7th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I thank the kids shood read a rat named woltert. because its has an edavencer.

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