Ocean predators, paintball wizard top kids’ summer reading lists

Summer vacation may be well under way, but HISD students have not been resting on their laurels since school let out on May 28.

Between May 31 and June 30, children read almost 50,000 books through myON, HISD’s summer reading partner, and two of the most popular titles were a hit at both the elementary- and middle-school levels.

“Great White Sharks: On the Hunt” and “Paintball Punk,” a graphic novel series published by Sports Illustrated, were included on both lists. We asked HISD Literacy Director Cindy Puryear to explain why.

“Graphic novels are a lot more than glorified comic books,” she said (about “Paintball Punk”). “They have all the elements that draw in readers. The quick movement and exciting plots keeps readers engaged — not to mention the fact that fewer words make for quick page-turners.”

Here are some of the other hot titles among myON readers:

Most-read books, elementary school:

  • Fast Cars
  • King of Pop: The Story of Michael Jackson
  • Bone-Chilling Ghost Stories
  • Creepy Urban Legends
  • More Funny Knock-Knock Jokes

Most-read books, middle school:

  • Soccer Longshot
  • Scary Ghosts
  • Scary Monsters
  • Spotlight Striker

Students: Which book(s) can you not put down this summer? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #readHISD.