Summer Reading for Every Age and Stage
Most of us love the break period with its promise of rest and relaxation. But it doesn’t take long for kids and parents to realize that the extra sleep, family travel, swim lessons, and camps can be even more enjoyable with a good book nearby. Whether you prefer adventure, biography, or a challenge to grow your character and faith, check out some of the great summer reading options to stave off boredom and expand horizons.
For Those Just Getting Started
A trip to visit grandparents might be the perfect time to check out How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan (Knopf, 2014), a recent book for preschoolers and kindergarten students. Along with its companion book, How to Babysit a Grandpa (Knopf, 2012), the emphasis is on celebrating the universal bond between kids and their grandparents in a humorous way through the premise of role reversal. Warning: this will inspire giggles from grandparents and grandkids alike!
Geared for Eager Young Readers
Kids from preschool through grade 2 will learn about perseverance and creativity through Ashley Spire’s wonderfully whimsical, The Most Magnificent Thing (Kids Can Press, 2014), about a girl who used found objects to create something truly magical. Problem-solving is illustrated through a charming story with clever illustrations and rich vocabulary. There’s a not-so-subtle correlation to STEM themes, so this book checks all the boxes for 21st-century learners!
If this problem-solving theme intrigues your child, consider What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada (Compendium Inc., 2014) which similarly encourages kids to think creatively and persist with patience. Either book could prompt an invention in your backyard!
Reading That Develops Character
Many middle-elementary school kids and above have already seen the movie, but summer is a great time to read the book: Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Knopf, 2012). This is a heartwarming novel about a fifth-grade boy entering school with a major facial deformity. It prompts the reader to think deeply about friendship, understanding, and acceptance for those around us who face challenges and are viewed as “different” — a worthy topic for parents and kids to discuss and process with a Christian worldview.
If this story of empathy and compassion hits a responsive chord, check out a related book by the same author, Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories (Knopf, 2015), or Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Fish in a Tree (Puffin Books, 2017).
Inspiring Middle School (and Older) Minds
A real adventure about a cold place might be just what a middle schooler needs on a hot summer day. Consider Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace (Calkins Creek, 2017). It’s the historic account of a harrowing 1869 American expedition to the Arctic.
Looking for an inspiring book for a budding scientist? Try another that focuses on STEM such as Rachel Ignotofskys’s Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World (Ten Speed Press, 2016).
Compelling Reads for High Schoolers
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (Penguin Books, 2013) could prompt a serious interest in rowing, boat building, or the Pacific Northwest! While it’s been out for a few years, it remains a wildly popular saga of unlikely Olympic contenders who overcame enormous odds.
Fans of Christian author Joel Rosenberg will find new novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy (Tyndale, 2018) a suspenseful thriller. And a good inspirational travel option might be Sadie Robertson’s Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose (Thomas Nelson, 2018).
How to Grow Lifelong Readers
There’s no mistaking that it’s getting harder to find wholesome books for kids of any age. That’s why Indian Rocks Christian School faculty and staff promotes age-appropriate reading that supports a positive, biblical worldview.
From Camp Read-A-Lot to the Young Writer’s Summer Camp, and through Accelerated Reader and numerous other literature-rich activities, IRCS helps instill and grow a lifelong love for reading and discernment in literature choices.
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