Summer reading has such a bad reputation! A lot of times when people hear this term, they think of the assigned homework received from school. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Moreover, reading can be fun and done in a way that actually makes your kids look forward to it. Subsequently, that would be by them choosing their own books. Furthermore, take a moment to step away from your assigned summer reading lists and spend your summer vacation in the best ways; with a great book. Some kids get to choose their own reads for their summer reading program, while others don’t. But I think even if you can get your child to pick out one book they’d actually like to read this summer, it would be a great escape from reality while simultaneously improving their reading skills.
Your Book, Your Choice
You don’t have to have a particular love of reading in order to enjoy a good book. Undeniably, it can just happen! I know a lot of kids go away to summer camp or on a road trip and vacations, and I’d like to point out that the travel or quiet time they get with both of those things is a fun way to fit some reading time in the summer months. There are more choices these days than ever in regards to reading. You can choose a graphic novel, picture books, books about video games, comic books, funny books, a children’s magazine and so much more. New releases are also constantly happening!
Here are some things to consider when choosing book recommendations for summer break:
This is kind’ve a large category. For example, it can be meant in a literal way, where you look for books that were written specifically for your child’s age. Additionally, you can take into account all of the other homework and summer reading books your kids already have on their plate and make a decision based on that. Reading is supposed to be a fun activity, not a way to create reluctant readers.
Is there a difficult topic you want your child to learn about that maybe you don’t feel as if you have the right words to properly explain? Secondly, is your kid starting at a new school and you want to help ease their anxiety? Or do you want just mindless, fun content that is truly just an escape from reality? You can enter a magical world, go to treasure island, or even become the main character of a book all with the help of one’s imagination.
Now, we know age doesn’t define us anymore. There’s no reason to label ourselves by that if we don’t necessarily fit into the ‘mold’ set by who know who. Some children read at a lower level than others their age while others read higher. But there’s also the kids who read right at the level recommended, these really are things to take into consideration when looking at books. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the book needs to feel just right. Not too difficult and not to slow for their speed.
Type of Book
When I say type of book, I mean a few different things. The first, being the physical type. We have a lot of technology these days and some kids like to read on a kindle or ipad while others like physical books. I want to remind you, there is no wrong way to read! Meanwhile, another good point is the style or category of the book. Non-fiction books or fiction books and then we get deeper into genres like mysteries, romances, a read with big plot twists, the list goes on.
As the world gets more involved with social media, it can become more difficult to create a special space for young readers. But I’m here to help with that, hopefully! Here is a list of 15 new books to amp up the summer fun in your home!
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15 thoughts on “The Best Summer Reads for Kids”
I love these picks. They’re perfect for every age. Great way to make reading fun for the kiddos.
Summer reading is very important! I really like this post and the variety of books you have shared. We actually signed our girls up for the schools reading camp however we have a new collection that they cannot wait to get started on at home as well. Very informative post!
We’ve had the illustrated OotP on pre-order since it was available! My boys love reading those together. The only other book I’ve heard of on the list is Percy Jackson. While it’s too advanced for my boys still, I really enjoyed the series!
What a great choice of books. I wish these had been around when I was a kid.
Such an awesome post and very essential for kids to read more and be happy about it! Loved the quote too, as saying “Reading is essential to gain knowledge, and knowledge is power”.
I’m always on the lookout for books for my nieces and nephews! They don’t read half as much as I did when I was their age!
Aaaahhhh….I haven’t had any of these books in my hand or library before. I should start with You are You before I can pass it on or recommend it further.
THis is really a great list of books for kids! I love the diversity and especially the fact that you included Harry Potter in there 😉
So many cute ideas! I need to grab a few for my kids.
Great suggestions, I will pass this one to my family. My little brother would be interested in some of these suggestions.
These are nice book recommendations. I’ve been reading a lot to my kids and these would be great additions to our list.
These sound like wonderful books. I am familiar with Willa in the Wood, but not the others. It is good to keep kids reading all summer.
Thanks for your book recommendations! I will add these to my list, and grab some as gifts for my niece and nephews.
I am so bad about this myself. Lately I have been using Audible and absolutely love it.
Such a cute and informative post. Enjoyed reading it and going through the pics.