Importance of reading

1)    Academic Success

Students who are avid readers excel in formal education.  According to a variety of research, studies have found that students who are exposed to reading at an early age are more likely to succeed in all subjects in school.  All subjects in grade schools require students to be able to read and comprehend in order to be successful.

2)    Social Success and Confidence

Students who have good reading habits develop stronger communication skills.  Reading allows students to increase their vocabulary on a daily bases.  When a child is able to understand a variety of words it allows them to communicate in an effective manner.  Students will also be able to learn through character interactions in novels.  These various interactions are paramount in helping students develop a healthy way of expressing themselves.  Students will be able to evaluate and form their own opinions about life.

3)    Athletic Success

Knowledge is Power!  The more a student reads on a particular subject matter, the more likely they are to add to their knowledge base in the said subject.  Although this concept seems simple, when applied the possibilities for success in life are limitless.  Reading enhances a student’s concentration and discipline.  We can train our bodies just as well as our brains, and in a world where things are “10% Physical and 90% Mental”, having a strong mind is essential to success.

We are encouraging all student athletes to read at least three books from our list this summer!

3 books in 3 months. 

“Catching Fire,” by Susanne Collins.

“Top Dog, The Science of Winning and Losing,” by Po Bronson

“Become a true Champion,” by Kirk Mango

“The Westing Game,” by Ellen Raskin

“Number the Stars,” by Lois Lowry

“Guns at Last Light,” by Rick Atkinson

“Running Science,” by Owen Anderson

“About Face, The Odyssey of an American Warrior,” by Col. David Hackworth

“Joyland,” by Stephen King

“Blackberry Winter,” by Sarah Jio;

“The Street Lawyer,” by John Grisham.

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba

“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” by Douglas Adams

“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe,” by Douglas Adams

“Life, the Universe and Everything,” by Douglas Adams

“So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” by Douglas Adams

“Of Mice and Men,” by John Steinbeck

“A Dance with Dragons,” by George R.R. Martin

“1776,” by David McCullough.

“”Survival in the Killing Fields” by Haing Ngor and Roger Warner

“Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Doctor Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World,” by Tracey Kidder.

“Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley

“The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells.

“All Over But The Shoutin’,” by Rick Bragg.

“A Dogs Purpose,” by W. Bruce Cameron.

“Act of Valor,” by Tom Clancy.

“ The Fault In Our Stars,” by Josh Green

“I Am Number Four,” by Pittacus Lore

“The City of Bones,” by Cassandra Claire

“The City of Ashes,” by Cassandra Claire.

“Second Chance,” by Morgan Matson

“Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher

“Graceling,” by Kristin Cashore

“Inferno,” by Dan Brown.

“The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls

“The Jungle,” By Upton Sinclair

“Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley

“The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells.

“A Moveable Feast,” by Ernest Hemmingway

“This is How You Lose Her,” by Junot Diaz

“Deadline,” by Chris Crutcher

“The Historian,” by Elizabeth Kostova

“Looking for Alaska,” and “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green

“Freakonomics,” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

“Freedom Writers Diary,” by Erin Gruwell.

“World War Z,” by Max Brooks.

“Animal Vegetable Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver

“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller

“Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand.

“The Rescue,” by Nicholas Sparks.

“War Room,” by Michael Holley.

“The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak.

“Confederacy of Dunces,” by John Kennedy Toole

“Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls,” by David Sedaris.

“1984,” by George Orwell;

“The Greatest – Muhammad Ali,” by Walter Dean Myers.

“A Feast for Crows,” by George R.R. Martin.

“Born to Run,” by Christopher McDougall.

“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green

“Before I Fall,” by Lauren Oliver.

“Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger;

“The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold .

“City of Bones” triology, by Cassandra Clare

“The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green.

“Wooden,” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison

“Toughness” by Jay Bilas.