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Sharks Summer Reading List

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Summer. Both the sun and school are out, which means it's the perfect time to relax (alternatively: try to keep your children occupied). 

And as proud graduates of the Reading is Cool program, we believe that the best way to relax is to kick back outside on a lounge chair with a good book. And SPF 50. But sometimes finding a book is a challenge in itself, which is why we decided to ask the team to give us their book recommendations. 

As reading is important for all ages, we also asked the players what their favorite books were when they were kids, which we sorted into suggested age ranges based on extensive online research (which could also be called a quick Google search). 

Beginner Readers

"Anything by Dr. Seuss"
As suggested by Brenden Dillon and Kevin Labanc
Suggested ages: 4+

These famously rhyming stories are perfect for those just starting this whole reading thing. Green Eggs and Ham in particular is famous for only using 50 words total. 

The Giving Tree
As suggested by Joe Thornton
Suggested ages: 4+

It's no suprise a Masterton Trophy finalist like Jumbo would recommend this classic book about selflessly giving. A favorite in the Thornton household, this is great for young readers in both reading level and message alike. 

Older readers may want to check out more of Shel Silverstein's poetry books as well - Where The Sidewalk Ends is a classic. 

Young Readers

The Magic Hockey Skates
As suggested by Aaron Dell
Suggested ages: 5+

There had to be one player who suggested a hockey book, right? 

Bernie Drives A Truck
As suggested by Barclay Goodrow
Suggested ages: 6+

If your kid loves trucks (like Barclay did when he was a kid), this is the PERFECT book for them. 

Middle Readers

Harry Potter Series
As suggested by Evander Kane, Logan Couture, and Brent Burns
Suggested ages: 8-12+ (depending on the book)

Do we really need to tell you about Harry Potter? And the movies are great, but there is so much more to the books (#TeamPeeves).

Goosebumps Series
As suggested by Logan Couture
Suggested ages: 8+

The classic children's horror series, there are dozens of books available to read - if the subject matter isn't too scary. If you want to incorporate sharks into your horror, we suggest picking up the 19th book in the series titled Deep Trouble

Grown-Up Readers

Lone Survivor
As suggested by Aaron Dell

A nonfiction book chronicling SEAL Team 10, this bestseller was also turned into a movie in 2013 (but we'd recommend reading it). 

Outliers
As suggested by Brenden Dillon

This book is all about how the best in the biz become the best in the biz (you may have heard about the 10,000 hour rule - this is that book). The fact that there's a whole chapter on Canadian hockey players certainly helps. 

Band of Brothers
As suggested by Radim Simek

Another book that was turned into visual media (in this case, an HBO miniseries), this nonfiction account details a parachute infantry company during World War II. 

Hidden Bodies
As suggested by Logan Couture

Hey, a fiction book! This thriller by Caroline Kepnes is a sequel to her 2014 novel You. It is also about to be adapted into a Netflix series. 

The Count of Monte Cristo
As suggested by Kevin Labanc

A classic in every sense of the word, this adventure novel set during Napoleonic France chronicles a falsely-accused man who comes back to take revenge. 

Harry Potter Series
As suggested by Brent Burns

What? The offseason is the perfect time for your annual re-reading of the series. 

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