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In honor of National Read a Book Day, our wonderful Librarian Mr. Ammons shares a few book recommendations.

By EC Librarian Doug Ammons

As you winding down after a long weekend — or on any given day(!)—take some to celebrate National Read a Book Day! Celebrated annually on September 6, National Read a Book Day encourages all of us to take a break and do some reading. No need to read an entire book on any given day, just grab book, find a cozy nook or sit outside and read for a while.

On the road? No problem. There are thousands of audio books that can be downloaded from public libraries that the whole family can listen to.

National Read a Book Day would be the perfect time to try out a new genre or format: graphic, manga, poetry, biography, history or spiritual. The EC Library offers more than 13,000 volumes including reference, nonfiction, fiction and e-books. And we subscribe to more than a dozen newspapers and popular magazines and several electronic databases. Eastside Catholic students and their families have access to our library catalog, NoodleTools, electronic databases and e-books through PlusPortals. To access these resources, log into PlusPortals, click on groups on the top right of the page and select Library from the pulldown menu.

Here are just a few of my reading suggestions:

  • Middle School: The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor or Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
  • Teens: The Hate U Give (note: contains some strong language) by Angie Thomas or Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
  • Graphic Novels: New Kid by Jerry Craft or The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story by Jim Di Bartolo
  • Classic: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Studies have shown that daily reading can have an enormous impact on student success. Consider the following:

A student reading 20 minutes per day

A student reading 5 minutes per day A student reading 1 minute per day

Will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year and score in the

90th percentile on standardized tests

Will be exposed to 282,000 words per year and score in the

50th percentile on standardized tests

Will be exposed to 8 thousand words per year and score in the

10th percentile on standardized tests

(Nagy, W., R. Anderson, and Herman, P. (1987). Learning word meanings from context during normal reading. American Educational Research Journal, 24, 237-270)

So, take some time this week or month in honor of National Read a Book Day to sit down with a good book, whether it’s a favorite you've read many times or something new, it’s fun and good for you!


If you have questions about resources in the EC Library or other book related questions, you can reach Mr. Ammons at

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