During the school year, start with the grade level your child is currently in. Over the summer, choose books on the grade level they will be going into.
Reading, lots and lots of reading, is the only way to keep kids growing as readers. But kids need lots of good books. That’s why I’ve made these book lists.
You’ll find both familiar and newly published favorites as well as a variety of genres and subjects from which to choose. Not only that, many of these recommendations are books in series. (Because book series are the best!)
Summer Reading Lists for Kids
Tips to Make Summer Reading Happen
1. CHOICE: Let your kids choose the books that they read. Kids Need to Pick Out Books.
2. BOUNTY: Fill your house with lots of books. More books = more chances for your children to find a fantastic, amazing, very good book that they can’t put down.
Yesterday, we set a new money-spent-record at the bookstore. Gulp. I shouldn’t even tell you but it was well over $300. There’s something magical about mom taking you to the bookstore where you can pick all the books you want to read. (Magically expensive. But worth it.)
Of course, we do visit the library weekly, and it’s much more economical.
3. LIBRARY: Use your library. Let your kids go WILD and check out lots of books!
4. TIME: Kids need opportunities for reading. So, make sure they’re not filling all their time with TV, video games, and iPad time.
6. READABILITY: Make sure your child is reading books that he or she can actually comprehend. When choosing a book, use the 5 finger test to decide if it’s a just right book. During and after reading, ask your child to tell you a little bit about the story. If you haven’t read the story, read the back and ask questions pertaining to that summary. Make sure your child is understanding what he reads — and that he KNOWS IF HE DOESN’T. For more clarity about reading comprehension, visit this post.
7. COZY READING SPACE: Kids LOVE a Cozy Book Nook. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does need to involve the kids. Find a corner – those work best. Let your child add pillows, lamps, books, stuffed animals, a headlamp or flashlight, and create a special space.
Read more tips on how to make an enticing book nook.
8. DOWN-TIME: Kids Need Margins Just Like We Do. We all need unscheduled time to rest and relax. Kids especially. Remember to make time during the day for rest and reading.