We picked up our summer reading program charts earlier this week, and my kids – who normally spend a lot of time reading every day anyway – rushed home and have been obsessed with timing themselves so that they can fill in the boxes and finish the chart. It’s actually a little ridiculous – it’s turned what is normally an enjoyable activity into a high-stress one, but I guess I shouldn’t complain!
I’m going to share a few of the books that we have enjoyed in the past week in case you are looking for ideas for your own kids, and I’ll try to keep doing this throughout the summer.
My 7-year-old just finished first grade and is a good reader for her age, but has to have just the right book. She really enjoyed Happy Little Family and declared that the text was just the right size (which makes it much more motivating for her to read at this stage!). She asked me to put the rest of the series on hold, which is a good sign.
There’s not a lot of words to read in Press Here (good if you’re at the stage where reading aloud to your kids puts you to sleep) but my 5-year-old and 4-year-old giggled through it as the book told us to press, shake, and turn and the next page showed the results of our actions. (I personally don’t think I could read this one very many times but it’s fun the first time or two.)
Thimbleberry Stories is a collection of sweet short stories about the animals that live on Thimbleberry Lane. The illustrations are fun and my girls enjoyed reading it. If you like this one, you’d also like the Brambly Hedge series.
My 10-year-old son has been re-reading some of the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome and he loves them.
He’s also been into books about military aircraft and has been poring over these by John Hamilton. (I’ve learned that boys especially tend to be drawn to non-fiction, even if they also like fiction.)
Carol Ryrie Brink’s best-known work is Caddie Woodlawn, which my 8-year-old daughter loved (though it took getting a book with a better cover than the version we got from the library for her to want to read it – covers matter!). The same author has several other books that I recently got for my 8-year-old that she loved even better than Caddie Woodlawn: Baby Island, Family Grandstand, and Family Sabbatical.
PPLD has all of the above books that I’ve mentioned! For more ideas (especially picture books), check out my book list page, where I also have a few of the resources that I use to find good books.
For the list of summer reading programs in our area, go here.
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