Holiday Reading Suggestions

Image from: New York Public Library website

It’s not long now until the December vacation begins. Whether you’re travelling or staying put, holidays are the perfect opportunity to unwind with a book.

Reading not only boosts vocabulary and intelligence, it also makes people more empathetic, according to psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano in a report published in Science in 2013. Now, who doesn’t want to be smart and kind?

To help inspire your tween and teen readers here are a few lists of some of the best books published in 2017, as well as not-to-be-missed classics. Books also make great holiday gifts, so load up the Kindle, visit a bookstore or go to the library, and get reading!

Ages 11 – 13

8 Book Recommendations for Kids Who Loved “Wonder” (Read Brightly website)

Book Lists & Recommendations for Ages 11-13 (Parents Scholastic)

Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (New York Public Library)

Ages 13+

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time (

Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017 (New York Public Library)

The 17 Best YA Novels of 2017 Prove That Representation Matters (

17 of the Most Exciting YA Novels to Read in 2017 (Read Brightly website)

Adult books that teens enjoy

Adult Books for Teens (School Library Journal)

Not sure if a book is appropriate for your child? Visit the Common Sense Media website to see their reviews of books, movies and more.  

Happy reading!  (Thanks to Mrs Boreham for putting this together!)

LIS Reads – LIS Lê Kick-Off

LIS Reads Kick Off Party

For the 2014-2015 school year, the library at LIS is sponsoring another year of reading.   Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend our LIS Reads – LIS Lê kick-off celebration at 18:00 in the library on September 5th to introduce our whole school read of Nelson Mandela’s biographies.   We will have a variety of activities focused on peace and positive change in our community and the world.  Before our celebration, think about:

  • What does peace mean to you?
  • Who is a change maker you respect?
  • How can you effect change in your community?

You can choose between the following versions of Mandela’s biography to find the level and language that is right for your family:

  • O Legado de Mandela – Quinze lições de vida, amor e coragem de Richard Stengel
  • Nelson Mandela: the authorized comic book  by Nelson Mandela Foundation with Umlando Wezithombe
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela; abridged by Chris Van Wyk; illustrated by Paddy Bouma.
  • Long Walk to Freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
  • Nelson Mandela words and paintings by Kadir Nelson

If you have any questions, please contact Me. Jenni or Ms. Katy.  See you on Friday at 18:00 in the LIS libraries!