Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading
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Inside: Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading
You begin your kids’ summer with great intentions of daily reading time and prize-winning (a.k.a. completed) reading logs. Then, it’s a week later, and everyone has lost their reading logs and regularly complains of boredom.
The dreaded Brain Drain might be setting in already.
We’ve got you covered with ideas to kickstart summer reading again.
Did you already download our simplified Summer Reading Bucket List? (If not, be sure to grab that first!) The first section on the bucket list is all about reading a variety of books.
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Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading
We have suggestions to get your kids reading different genres and checking off those Bucket List categories.
Check your library for these great titles!
Picture Book Biographies
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Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story is nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams.More info →
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade: Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire!More info →
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Embarking on a new life, Zoe and her family journey west to the Nebraska Territory in the 1800s. When Zoe and her family arrive at their claim, nothing distinguishes it from the miles and miles of surrounding prairie. Even after they build their soddie, the home can't be seen from any distance.More info →
A boy in a family of sheep farmers raises a black lamb to be the leader of the flock.More info →
Poetry & Rhyming Books
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A House Is a House for Me
Where does everyone and everythin live? A House Is a House for Me is a rollicking rhyme about houses. Some of the houses are familiar, such as an anthill and a dog kennel, while others are surprising, such as a corn husk and a pea pod.More info →
Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color
Beloved by critics and readers alike for nearly 60 years, Mary O’Neill’s timeless children’s book of poetry features twelve beautiful poems, and deeply luminous illustrations. Hailstones and Halibuts Bones is a perfect poetry addition to any home or classroom library.More info →
Books about Scientists & Mathematicians
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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle: Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard.More info →
Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead. When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern.More info →
Books about Artists & Musicians
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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers.More info →
A Band of Angels
A Band of Angels is fiction, but it is based on real events and people. The character of Ella was inspired by Ella Sheppard Moore, who was born February 4, 1851, in Nashville, Tennessee.Her father was able to free himself and young Ella from slavery, but before he could buy freedom for Ella's mother she was sold away.More info →
Mystery or Adventure Books
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere—to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant.More info →
Call It Courage
👉 Be sure to check out our accompanying guide: Call It Courage Book Guide!More info →
Read more about the Simplified Summer Reading Bucket List and download it to kickstart your kids’ summer reading.
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