Summer Reading Resources A to Z

Did I ever tell you how I can not make my oldest daughter do anything she doesn’t want to? For example, the Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade Halloween parades at school. She flat out refused to wear a costume. Didn’t want to. Wasn’t going to.

Sure, I have forced her to do things: Strap into her car seat. Go to school. (Big things though.)

You have to pick your battles. Reading is one of those battles.

So when it came to reading, well, I had to get super creative. Think waaay outside the box to help her want to read.

I wonder if you’ve gone through the same thing or are going through it right now?

I hope one of these ideas will help you encourage your kids to read, want to read. From A to Z, my favorite reading resources for summer reading . . .

A Mighty Girl
A to Z Literacy Activity Cards
Artemis Fowl
Adam Rex
Activities, Ages 3 – 5 
Activities, Ages 6 – 10 

Books for Boys
Books about Being Different
Barnes and Noble Reading Program

Comics: 8 Reasons to Read
Cat the Cat and Mo Willem’s friends 

DIY Summer Reading Log
DIY I Spy Books
– Dav Pilkey
– Dr. Seuss’  Seussville

Ex Libris Bookplate Stamp 

15 Amazing Ways to Experience Books With Kids
Five Finger Test
Fun Brain

Good Readers Use These Strategies
Geronimo Stilton 
Guys Read (Jon Scieszka) 

Harry Potter
books similar to Harry Potter 
– Heros of Olympus

iVillage and PBS Kids Summer Reading Program
I Read 20 Minutes! printable from Brown Paper Packages
iPad Apps for Reading & Writing 

James Patterson’s Read Kiddo Read

K-12 Week Summer Reading Challenge
– Kids Reads

Library Play Date
–  Lemony Snicket
Lauren Child

Mommy and Me Book Club
Milk and Bookies
Meme Tales Readathon
Mrs. P
Magic Tree House 

–  New Reader Survival Kit

Outstanding Children’s Author Websites
Observation, the Art of (Reading quotes and prints) 

Positive Princess Books
PBS Parents
Poems Every Kid Should Know 
Parent/Child Book Clubs 
– Pragmatic Mom 
Paige’s Corner 

– Quiet . . . audio books from Harper Collins 

Reading is Fundamental
Reading Rockets
Rights of the Reader

Story Online
Story Place
Summer Reading Log (printable from Simple As That Blog)
– Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Start With a Book 

Tool Box for Readers
– Ten Tips for Read-Aloud Learning
– Time For Kids
Toon Books
Tales 2 Go
Two To Read 

Unusual Art Bookmarks

Very cute reading log

We Give Books
Wimpy Kid 

Lisa Yee 
(Origami) Yoda

–  Paul O. Zelinsky

Have your children embraced reading or has it been a challenge?

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  1. says

    We’re always filling our bag of tricks with ways to read too. Thanks for sharing these great resources. We’ve been sharing our LOVE BOOKS Summer Book Exchange with some blogging friends and even personal school friends this summer. You exchange a books and a related activity to go with it. Here’s how we set it up. We’d love for you to follow along.

    • says

      I love it – and shared it . . . I just can’t remember was it here or FB . . . but will share again. Sounds like a great way to motivate kids and lots of fun!!

  2. says

    Even my 5 year old son has this habit of giving tough time to my wife for everything, I mean EVERYTHING!

    Initially she used to get frustrated, but now she has started something like, ‘if you dont do this, I will not get you that’

    It seems to be working, I dont know what will be the implications of this.. but for now it is working, though I am not satisfied!

  3. says

    What a wonderful list of resources! My twin boys are a little over two years old and it is VERY difficult to sit down to read to them. They love books, but only if they can flip the pages and point at everything. That’s fine, though they are a little rough, but I wonder when they’ll actually let me read them!

    You might take a peek at my site too, for another angle on reading — children’s poetry, both written and with poetry videos by the poet. I have my own on there, as well as classics and originals contributed by everyone from the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate down to unpublished but wonderful kids’ writers. I would love to see more poetry on kids’ reading lists, since rhyme and rhythm is so important to beginning readers.

  4. says

    When I was young, I had a hard time with reading. I had several learning disabilities and simply couldn’t finish a book on my own. So my mother read aloud to me. She read to me until I was 13! Then I started walking to the library and checking out books on tape. Books on tape and books on CD have been a tradition in my house with my kids now as well. We still make trips to the library to find new ones to listen to in the car while we run errands or to play in the background while we are at home. Luckily my oldest is a very good reader, but my middle child reminds me a lot of me at that age, so reading aloud may be our solution for her as well. This is a great list!

  5. says

    My kids are reading but it takes a lot of vigilance to keep them engaged. I took my son (7 years old and going into 2nd grade) to the library today and I didn’t realize he never got his own library card. I guess I normally use my card. We fixed that and he picked out books that I never would have chosen for him, mostly graphic novels:

    Max Finder Mysteries
    Hardy Boys Crawling with Zombies
    Knights of the Lunch Table

    and one beginning chapter book …
    Secrets of Droon, The Mysterious Island

    I need to remember to take him to the library more often. We no longer choose the same books for him.

    • says

      I love those titles! Do you think he’d want to write for your blog?
      You give a boy a library card and he will want to use it. When he uses it, he checks out The Hardy Boys Crawling with Zombies. When he reads The Hardy Boys Crawling with Zombies, he’ll want to blog about it . . .

  6. says

    Melissa: Great resources! I have similar issues with my youngest, and now we’re figuring out that although she’s very fluent, comprehension is not great. (Your recent post on this issue has been helpful. Check it our everybody because a fluent reader can sometimes fall through the cracks.)

    Pragmatic Mom: I publish books that are part graphic novel, part story, part writing and doodling that I think your son would devour. You can tour them at Melissa wrote about them a few times. They’ve been great for reluctant readers, but I actually created the books to help my oldest daughter with writing! Thx!

  7. says

    Thanks so much for including us! We are trying to read 1000 books this summer . So far, my kids all love to read and be read to, thank goodness! We have to bring 3 bags to the library each week, and we read them all!!!

    Can’t wait to check out some of these other great resources!

  8. says

    This is an awesome list! Thanks so much for including my literacy cards! I’m off to pin it and check out the rest of the resources. :)

  9. says

    Thanks for including in your summer reading resources! We are so excited to see all the kids making video book reviews about their fun summer reading books! And we are launching a special downloadable new mystery book series in a couple of weeks – it will be an extra fun book club for sure!

  10. says

    As always, you inspire us to keep reading and keep teaching. Your list is amazing.
    I am waiting for your list of summer reading for adults (parents and teachers.)
    I enjoyed reading all your recommendations from last summer.
    Keep writing your blogs. They are always filled with fantatstic information.


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