Every Summer my kids finish sorting the last of their school papers and swear on my yet-to-be-filled grave they’ll never touch another book as long as they live. The kids and I know what they say isn’t true because usually the very week they finish school we head to the city’s public library to sign up for the summer reading program. The books my kids choose to read in the summer though, well, they have a different flavor than the school-time tomes they bring home. The summer ones always seem to feel lighter, fluffier, more fun. My daughter is reading a ton of good YA fiction, and my son is all over the proverbial map. I can’t say I blame them, my bedside table is full of easy breezy beach reads the minute we reach daylight savings every year. I always have a book wish list a mile long, so heading to the library is always a treat.
So, once I wrangle the kids into the library where do I guide them? First, I always take the kids to the appropriate librarian (YA, kids, etc.) to grab a printed up list of age-appropriate book recommendations. Usually the kids take it from there, but we check in with the librarians all summer to get more ideas. Here’s the list I’ll be using for my little 9-year-old guy this summer.
- Chasing Vermeer /Blue Balliet
- A-Z Mysteries
- Magic Treehouse
- Big Nate: In a Class by Himself / by Lincoln Peirce / First in a series
- Secrets of Droon (series) / Bruchac
- The Sisters Grimm (series) /George
- Sardines in Outer Space (series) /Guibert
- Boom! /Haddon
- Warrior (series) /Nimmo
- The Magic Thief (series) /Prineas
- Harry Potter (series)
- Number the Stars / Lowry
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
- Big Nate (series) / Peirce
- Millions, Billions, & Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers / Adler
- Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life /Arnosky
- Dinosaurs in Your Backyard / Brewster
- Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard / Burns
What do you read with your kids during the summer? Do you sign up for local summer reading programs or read on your own? I’d love to hear!