Summer can be a fun and engaging time with your kids! When the heat is on take a minute to pop into the local library or curl up on the couch and read together!
One of the most important things that you can do to prevent summer learning loss and prepare for the school year ahead is to READ! Take a look at these great links for advice on appropriate summer reading material and keep turning pages all summer long!
- Read Kiddo Read – Is a site designed to help make children readers for life. Be sure not to miss: “The Ultimate Summer Reading List”.
- Guys Read – This is a site devoted to promoting reading for the boys. This site is the brainchild of Jon Scieszka author of The Stinky Cheese Man. They list a title of the month also which are designed to get boys reading! “The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda.” Is certainly more interesting to my son then my daughter, but as a parent to one boy and one girl I often find it harder to find these interesting title ideas!!
- Politics and Prose – The NWDC Independent bookstore maintains lists of recent award winners and suggested summer reading.
- A Book and a Hug – This is a site maintained by a respected children’s librarian who does children’s book recommendations. This is a series of comprehensive lists that are broken down by interest categories – which can be a life saver for parents who’s children tend to become intensely focused children.
- Book Suggestions from the American School in London – The library there always compiles great summer reading lists – and they maintain a list of archived lists. Every now and again you can only find the suggested books in the United Kingdom, but for the most part, the books are great choices. For 5th – 8th go to this link. For High School recommendations they have a list of Classics and a list of Contemporary. While the Classics are rather predictable the Contemporary list covers a nice variety of genera and styles – use this link.
- The Boston Public Schools have a great summer reading list on their summer opportunity page. I particularly like the list for Middle School it has a great variety of Mystery, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Legends and Myths, Science Fiction, Biography and Informational books.
- If you can bribe or cajole your high school child into reading a Biography I recommend that it be ‘Surely you’re Joking Mr. Feynman’ it is a fun and entertaining story to open them up to the future of Biography reading. Biographies give a unique glimpse at historical events, a personal perspective of what it is like to live in another era, and true as far as they remember.
- Great Schools has an amazing reading list complete with a description of the plot and some pictures. They are broken down by grade level for K-5th grade. These are all at grade level, so if you know your child’s reading level is a little higher you may wish to look ahead to the ‘Favorite Books’ for the next grade up.