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Consider This Your Child's Summer Reading List!

The following post was written by Rachel Teodoro, who blogs at Holy Craft and is part of POPSUGAR Select Moms.

Study after study confirms that the advances a child makes in their reading during the school year can be quickly lost during what is referred to as "Summer setback." Reading for only 20 minutes a day can not only prevent that loss from occurring, but it can actually help to improve a child's reading level and better prepare them for the school year ahead.

My mom was a fifth grade teacher, and she knew the importance of encouraging Summer reading. When my siblings and I were home for the Summer, we always knew that we could earn money at home by participating in penny a page. For every page we read in an age appropriate book, we would receive a penny. Those pennies would add up, and oftentimes made great spending money for our Summer vacations.


Now that I am a mom of three, I encourage my kids in the same way. Our family makes frequent trips to the library, and we make it a priority to set aside time each day for reading. All three of my kids are independent readers, but there is something magical about sharing a book and reading out loud with your kids, even as they get older. Here, our favorite books you and your kids will enjoy this Summer.

Our favorite read-out-loud books (perfect for 8- to12-year-olds)

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and Patricia Castelao
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Fudge by Judy Blume
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

While reading with your kids is great, encouraging them to read independently is important too.

Books to encourage boys

  • The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson
  • Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
  • Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • The Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings

Books to Encourage Girls

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
  • Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Remember to make some time each day to read. Nothing beats Summer boredom like a good book!

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