By Lisa Batchelder-Hetrick
It’s time to grab a good book and head outside! No matter where you are, a book offers a change of scenery, and can truly soothe the soul. During the months of June through August, many students are impacted by a “summer slide,” which can set them up for challenges the next school year. One of the ways parents can avoid this summer slide is to encourage a love of reading by helping their children to choose fun and exciting books about topics they love, at a reading and comprehension level that is appropriate.
Reading during the summer months, when students are not usually involved in academic programs, can help students to retain learned content as well as reinforce reading and comprehension skills. Reading comprehension is a key part of the learning process. Often, students who read over the summer feel more confident going into the next school year and may perform better than peers who did not read over the summer months. Also, by creating and helping your child to follow a reading routine or schedule, you can help them to develop great reading habits! Parents looking for reading programs with more structure can check out programs like Read Naturally Live, Collaborative Summer Library Program, or check out what is happening at your local library.
Check out the list of children’s books below, which includes some new 2021 releases, as well as some classics, that will help your student start their summer reading fun! These books can be found anywhere books are sold, in-store and online.
Noodlephant, by Jacob Kramer
Noodlephant loves pasta—hence her nickname. When the kangaroos start making one unfair law after another, Noodlephant stands up for everyone’s right to enjoy pasta.
National Geographic Little Kids First Book of Where, By Jill Esbaum
Kids are always looking for answers and explanations. These answers to curious kids’ questions about the tallest mountains, the biggest rivers, interesting animals, and even fun facts like where ice cream was invented.
Flashlight Night, By Matt Forrest Esenwine
One of the best parts of summer is staying up late and playing with a flashlight as a kid! These adventures will light up your kids’ imaginations while they are playing in the dark.
Big Brown Bear’s Cave, By Yuval Zommer
This book is especially perfect to reflect on summer chores, in this case cleaning out the garage (or attic or basement) during the summer break. Based on his observations of humans’ “caves,” Big Brown Bear thinks he needs more stuff to make his own home feel cozy. But does he really?
Donut Feed The Squirrels, By Mika Song
Norma and Belly are hungry squirrels who desperately want a nut. A donut, that is! They’re silly adventures trying to make this come true will keep kids laughing in this early- reader Graphic novel.
Pick Your Own Quest: Dragon vs. Unicorn, By Conner Hoover
Enjoy the latest in the The Pick Your Own Quest series! There is a chance for a new story every time you read.
West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief, By Liam O’Donnell and Aurélie Grand
This is the second book in a series starring Myron, a young detective who speaks openly about his autism in a positive way. Enjoy the story of how he works to find his classmates’ stolen robot.
Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together, By Brian “Smitty” Smith
These three unlikely friends have to stick together. Along the way they discover they are stronger together and that’s how they will find their way back.
Ellie, Engineer, By Jackson Pearce
Building a fort is a childhood right of passage. This girl-powered STEM story is about a neighborhood building project. Get out your tool belt and get ready to be inspired to build and see how things work.
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science, By Joyce Sydman
This is a true story about a woman hundreds of years ago who dared to step out of her traditional female role to pursue her interests in science, insects & art. Her illustrations changed the way scientists viewed metamorphosis.
Spy School Revolution, By Stuart Gibbs
This is the latest in the series featuring superspy-in-training Ben Dash. Just when he was hoping to get his life back to normal, everything is turned upside down when he has to prove that his friend Erica is not a double agent. In order to do so, he will have to track down an insurgent group that dates back to colonial times.
Hatchet, By Gary Paulsen
This is the first in this series. It tells the story of Brian Robeson’s survival in the Canadian wilderness with his hatchet and not much else. The story shows how Brian was able to slow down and listen to what the forest has to teach him in order to survive. Brian learns how to survive in the forest and just when he’s about to dine like a king he almost can’t believe his eyes that after fifty-four days he’s been found.
Charlotte’s Webb, By E.B. White
This classic story of friendship shows no matter how big or small you are you can make a contribution in life and in death.
The Secret Garden, By Frances Hodgson Burnette
This story is about two selfish, disagreeable English cousins, Mary and Colin, whose lives and dispositions are transformed when they find their way into a locked, walled garden.
Great Expectations, By Charles Dickens
This story takes place during the mid-19th century. It tells the story of Pip, a young orphan in England’s marsh country. Pip learns to navigate the class ladder by a series of complex and coincidental circumstances that improve his economic and social status. Along his journey of self-discovery from youth to maturity, he learns the value of friendship, the power of romantic and familial love, and the ultimate meaning of wealth and material gain.
The Outsiders, By S. E. Hinton
The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Family, friends, gangs, and a murder. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same no matter which side you are on.
If your child is struggling with reading, you can learn more about how Lighthouse Learning Solutions addresses these challenges, and how we might be able to support your family, by contacting us or submitting a Learning Support Inquiry.