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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Seven Summer Reads For Moms

Are you a mother looking for a diverse, fun, and engaging summer reading list? Then you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of the best and most beloved books for your summer reading. Many of these books are modern and focused on unique and engaging concepts. Others are classics and designed to appeal to the nature of motherhood.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting, Summer

Summer Reading List for Students in Grades 1-5

Summer may be nearing its end, but there's still plenty of time for your school-age children to get in some great summer reading opportunities. If you've been struggling to come up with something your kids will read this summer, look no further! These books will have your kids eagerly begging for more opportunities to curl up with a book. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Summer Reading for High School Students

Although it can be tempting to turn off your brain and enjoy some carefree summer fun, the extended break also provides a great opportunity for high school students to learn with the right summer reading list. From timeless classics to stimulating modern novels, the right literature can spice up the dog days of summer and provide a jump start on the next school year – particularly for high schoolers coming up on the SATs. Here’s a breakdown of books to get them started on the right foot this summer.

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Summer Reading Suggestions for Middle School Students

Filling a summer filled with good reading material cannot only prepare a young mind for the next grade but also inspire an adventurous appetite that can last a lifetime. Although some of the traditional classics still make for great reading for Middle School students, there are plenty of other modern books that can captivate young readers. Below is a list of a few books that can help students between sixth and eighth grade make the most out of their summer reading.  

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Six Reads from Pretty Little Liars to Get Your Teen Through the Show's Hiatus

Do you have a teen who refuses to miss an episode of Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? Do they blog, tweet, post, and text constantly about who "A" really is and how the show is finally going to turn out? You aren’t alone. PLL, now in its final season, has gained itself a cult following of super fans who are so skilled at finding even the smallest leads wrapped up in the mystery that they just may be in training to work for the FBI.

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Topics: Book Review

Best Summer Reads for Older Children

As the summer wears on and the kids become restless, it is important to find ways to keep them entertained, engaged, and using their minds. One of the best ways to go about this is by offering them plenty to read.

While very young children require you to assist them during reading time, older children are much more independent, and while you may need to stand by to help with the occasional word or two, they can likely make it through an entire book on their own if you let them. The experience of finishing an entire chapter book or novel is a great self-confidence booster for children and can help lead them toward a life-long love of reading. 
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Topics: Book Review, Education, Summer

Best Summer Reads for Young Children

Young children love being read to, and kids who are read to on a regular basis are likely to learn how to read quickly and easily when the time comes. Take advantage of the long days this summer by squeezing in some reading time each day. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

15 Book Recommendations for High School Children



“No book is really worth reading at the age of 10 which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond.”

~C.S. Lewis


With the holiday season quickly approaching, we know parents are on the lookout for great educational gifts for their children.

To aid in your search for the perfect gift, Sewickley Academy high school teachers have weighed in with their favorite book recommendations for high school age readers.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

17 Book Recommendations for Middle School Children


“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

~Groucho Marx 

As you roam the stores searching for gifts for the "tweens" and teens in your life, this list of book recommendations (compiled by Sewickley Academy middle school teachers) may be helpful!

  1. Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Michael Cesario - Grade 8 History)

  2. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Wendy Berns - Admission Associate)

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

19 Book Recommendations for Elementary School Children

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

~Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! 

Searching for a great educational gift for a child in your life? What could be better than a book?

In order to save you some time, our elementary school teachers have provided a few of their favorite book recommendations for young readers.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting

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