Summer reading can bridge the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Practicing their newly acquired reading skills will help them to avoid the “summer reading slide.”
Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your child reading during the hot days of summer:
- Keep books everywhere!
- Sign up for a library card and take part in their summer reading programs. (It’s air- conditioned!!!!)
- Help your child to select books on their interest and reading levels.
- Connect reading with summer activities. Going to the beach? Why not read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle?
Going camping? Try Arthur Goes to Camp by Marc Brown.
- Make reading fun and memorable! It will last a lifetime!
- Barnes & Noble’s website offers a downloadable program. If your child reads 8 books, they will receive a free book from them. The website also offers great reading selections for summer reading.
Attached is a list of suggestions that I have made to help you get started. So…find a shady tree, hammock, or beach blanket and happy reading!
Have a safe and fun-filled summer!!
Top 25 Picks
- Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
- Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
- Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night by Cynthia Rylant
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane by Cynthia Rylant
- Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball by David Adler
- Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
- Bad Dog, Marley! By John Grogan
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathman
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- The Napping House by Audrey Wood
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
- Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
- Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
- Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osborne
- Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
- George and Martha by James Marshall
- Olivia by Ian Falconer
- Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
- Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh