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Summer Reading List

7 Kids’ summer reading list must-haves

Once upon a time, your kids spent a summer learning to appreciate the wireless, battery-free fun of reading a good book in the sunshine. Make sure your kids have a great introduction to the time-honored tradition of the summer reading list. Often, schools provide prizes for a completed list. With this reading selection, the coupon for a free ice cream will be the least of their rewards.

children's summer reading

Ages 4-6

Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen

Bob Books are a great tool for children still learning to sound out words. These simple stories help children sort out the difficult parts of our language – what’s with the “gh” in night? Or the “Th” in the? With Bob Books in hand, your children will be well on their way to reading on their own.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Obviously, any selection from the Dr. Seuss canon is a great choice for young children. Oh, the Places You’ll Go’s popularity spans decades. It encourages exploration, and prepares children for the ups and downs of adventure.

Ages 6-8

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein and The Random House Book of Poetry

Poetry can quickly become a controversial subject for students. Before they worry about metaphors and similes, introduce them to the joys of meter early. Many of the poems in these anthologies have funny subject matter and clever rhyme schemes. Your children will want to memorize and repeat, paving the way for better memory retention and increased powers of concentration.

Ages 8-10

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet

The Secret Garden tells the tale of Mary Lennox, a badly behaved girl who has to move away from her life of privilege in India to a lonely, windy house in England. Then she discovers a key to a secret garden, and a new companion. She learns to get along with different people and become a thoughtful friend.

The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

If you sense your child is well on their way to developing a sardonic sense of humor, The Series of Unfortunate Events will have them rolling on the floor with laughter. Throughout the adventures of three unfortunate orphans, Snicket introduces lots of new vocabulary words, followed by memorable definitions.

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

In one of Lloyd Alexander’s most popular children’s books, a young boy named Jason follows his time-traveling cat to exotic destinations throughout history. This is a great way to spark interest in a wide variety of cultures, from Ancient Egypt to the American colonies.

Happy reading! These are all great books for your son or daughter to enjoy, wearing one of our girls everyday dresses or boys white dress shirts in the summer sun!

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