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What’s on your bucket list for this Spring Break? Does it include a great book? Don’t forget to add a new reading title to your child’s activity list, too.

Our 2019 Campus Teachers of the Year have put together a collection of book recommendations that will spur the imagination and, above all, inspire young minds to pick up a book and read!

Having a great book on hand is the perfect standby in the event of rain and a simple way to increase quality family time during the weeklong holiday.

Statistics show reading early and often helps children develop their vocabulary, a significant predictor of cognitive development. Having books at home or a small home library is also linked to higher student academic achievement.

Bonus? Reading with your child is a great way to exercise his or her brain while spending time with you! SBISD’s Spring Break holiday begins on Monday, March 11. Classes resume on Monday, March 18.

To learn more about our Campus Teachers of the Year, click here.

  • Bailey Richey (Panda Path) is reading Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
  • Lindsay Ripley (Nottingham Elementary) recommends What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobo Yamata
  • Elizabeth Eggleston (Frostwood Elementary) recommends Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Taylor Suszko (Rummel Creek Elementary) recommends The Good Egg by Jory John and Pete Oswald
  • Erica Bristor (Lion Lane) recommends Old MacDino Had a Farm by Becky Davies
  • Annie Mitchell (Bendwood School) recommends Refugee by Alan Gratz, Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, and Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Madeline Escibano Rossy (Treasure Forest Elementary) recommends Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
  • Kelly Treleaven (Spring Branch Academic Institute) recommends The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • Kelli Bolen (Stratford High School) recommends The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Alejandra Farias (Westwood Elementary) recommends Pete the Cat books by Dean James
  • Ryan Harvey (Spring Forest Middle) is reading Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
  • Michelle Clements (Housman Elementary) recommends The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt
  • Annie King (Spring Woods Middle) recommends Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Rachel Briscoe (Memorial High) recommends The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Mandy Gordillo (Tiger Trail) recommends Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Sharon Crump (Wilchester Elementary) is reading The One Year Chronological Bible and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Breyanna Dennis (Spring Oaks Middle) recommends I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez
  • Amanda Campos (Landrum Middle) recommends Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Pablo Ocanas (Pine Shadows Elementary) recommends Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Melissa Farber (Bunker Hill Elementary) recommends The Invisible Boy by Patrice Barton
  • Jessica ONeill (Valley Oaks Elementary) recommends Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Linda Beinhauer (Hunters Creek Elementary) recommends Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Submitted by Melissa Wiland, SBISD Communications,