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10 Great Reads for the Kids this Summer!

Summer is here!! And with it comes a whole new pile of challenges. As a homeschooling mom, I need to keep the kids busy year round, but summertime seems to get especially crazy! Enter: story time! I have begun to implement story time after breakfast. School might be out (or soon, we’re still finishing up the last few lessons), but that doesn’t mean total free-play. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in letting the kids run off their energy and conduct their own learning out-of-doors, but reading has a way of keeping them sharp. Summer reading was always a highlight for me, and I plan on carrying on that tradition. So where do you start?


Of course, my very favorite is The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story of Mary Lennox and how she came to discover a secret and magical garden delights children of all ages. Learn about the beauty of watching the neglected and seemingly dead, come to life under careful tending.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey is a heartwarming story for young children (also great for early readers). Find out how a two mommies get their babies mixed up while picking blueberries on a hot summer day.

Enter the world of fun and possibilities in Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Suess. This is a book of delightful prose that will bring joy to the young, and inspire you too.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A whimsical tale of a boy and a tree. Bittersweet perhaps, but a warm and charming story all the same.

Another favorite is Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. The story of Wilbur, Charlotte, and a young girl named Fern. My daughters love this endearing tale and beg for me to read it again and again.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. We haven’t read this one yet, but who doesn’t love an orphan who lives alone and experiences ridiculous adventures?

James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl‘s first novel for children is sure to delight! A bit more nonsense than some of his other works, it will inspire the imagination and stretch the mind of young and old alike.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I’m a bit partial toward Eric Carle. His artwork is fun, and his stories will hold the interest of even the youngest toddler. We’ve worn through a few copies of this classic already, and I doubt we’re on our last.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Perhaps the most fun and playful alphabet book of all times. Whether you have an early reader, or young toddlers, this book is a must have!

The Going to Bed Book. How can I create a list of books and not include any by Sandra Boynton? This book is hilarious and is bound to incite giggles from your little ones. Who couldn’t use a few bedtime laughs this summer?

There’s my list of summer favorites, what would you add?



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