Summer is here, and that means it's time to play outside, relax with friends, and ....READ! Okay, so that may not sound like the most fun thing in the world for struggling readers, but Learning Ally is here to help. We've created a summer reading program just for you! Using our audiobooks, you can soar with all the fun titles your friends are reading!
All of our featured titles are built around the theme of "building a better world:"
9th Grade and Up
A Mountain Stands by Scott Sonnon
As a child, Sonnon had dyslexia so severe that he was forcibly institutionalized due to being perceived as "unteachable." Despite being told again and again that he would be a failure, Sonnon found inspiration in the advocacy of his mother, the wisdom of his grandfather and the writings of philosophers to become an overachiever: a five-time World Champion in martial arts, inventor, entrepreneur and Hall of Fame trainer. Download it here.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Download it here.
6th Through 8th Grade
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio
In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. This companion book features conversations between Mr. Browne and Auggie, Julian, Summer, Jack Will, and others, giving readers a special peek at their lives after Wonder ends. Download it here.
Freedom Songs: A Tale of the Underground Railroad by Trina Robbins
Fourteen-year-old Sarah is a slave in Maryland during the 1850s. She knows her only chance at freedom is to head North, where slavery is illegal. To get there, though, Sarah needs help from members of the Underground Railroad. But who can she trust? Download it here.
3rd Through 5th Grade
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World by Elizabeth Rusch
When a Serbian boy named Nikola Tesla was three, he stroked his cat and was enchanted by the electrical sparks. By the time he was a teenager, he had made a vow: Someday I will turn the power of Niagara Falls into electricity. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America. Download it here.
Kindergarten Through 2nd Grade
The Boy Who Invented TV by Kathleen Krull
An inspiring true story of a boy genius. Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image. Download it here.
Want more? Here is our entire 32 audiobook list including titles broken down by grade interest level. Fill up your bookshelf and start reading. Then, join us for Summer Reading Together and you can win cool prizes like BEATS headphones!
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