We all want the best for our children academically and we don’t want them to fall behind during the summer down time. Since summer the school year is fast approaching, you will want to make sure you include these amazing titles on your children’s summer reading list. Books sharpen your child’s intellectual capacity and making sure they read during the summer month’s you can ensure they will have an amazing start to the school year.
Books for Children Aged 6-10 Years
● George Speaks by Dick King-Smith
This is a story about an imaginary baby who learns to speak when he is only 4 weeks old. The interesting tale is captivating and will get children of all ages chuckling as they read on. Dick King-Smith captures the way George – the main character in the story – astounds his family with his unusual gift. The author inspires children to aim for the best in life.
● The BFG by Roald Dahl
This publication by Roald Dahl takes your child through the adventures of a Big Friendly Giant called BFG and the life of an orphan called Sophie. The friendly giant comes to her house, takes her away, and carries her off to Giant Country. Sophie and the giant get along and later they start battling to stop other giants from eating children globally. The emotional catharsis in this piece is extraordinary.
● Ramona Quimby Series by Beverly Cleary
Ramona Quimby is a funny and fearless girl who captures your interest with her infectious joys and sorrows. The book takes your children through Ramona’s life and how she tackles her childhood with her intrepid attitude and active imagination. Readers of the book witness real life situations conveying confusion, hilarity and the emotional challenges all children can relate to through the main character.
● How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
This copy is part of a twelve book series in Britain and the US that have enchanted children. The story is about a young Viking known as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III who works on training a dragon as a rite of passage. Towards the end, the readers witness how the whole experience ends in calamity and hilarity alike.
● Horrible History Series by Terry Deary
Terry Deary, a British born writer and actor, is known for his work in educational history. Most of his works are entertaining and informative as well. Kids who read the book can learn a lot about history in a fun way.
Books for children aged 10-14 years
● The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
This is an American fantasy – adventure novel written in 2006 by Rick Riordan. The book is based on Greek mythology. Percy Jackson – the main character- is a “half blood”. His father is the God of the Sea and his mother a human. Rick takes your children through the most thrilling adventures and stretches their imaginations.
● Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowlings
After the death of Harry Potter’s parents, the young one has to put up with heartless relatives who mistreat him. Later, he receives a letter informing him that he is a wizard. Potter survives evil Lord Voldemort’s curse that would have killed him. Voldemort wants to take over the Wizarding world but when his attempt to kill Harry fails, he vanishes. The author takes your children through wildly imaginative situations, sympathetic characters and a lot of exciting details.
● The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
Riordan is a gifted writer that takes readers through entertaining and sometimes frightening adventures. In this piece, the son of a Greek God encounters a half-lion, half-human and he has to fight it. The doomsday monster is a force to reckon with and the son has to triumph.
● The Giver by Lois Lowry
At first, Lois depicts the main character, twelve year old Jonas, as someone living in the ideal world. Later, Jonas gets his life assignment as the Receiver and it is there that he discovers the dark secrets of his community. This book boosts the mental development of children and is also entertaining.
● Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Fourteen-year-old Alex at first believes that his uncle was killed in an accident. However, he later comes across his uncle’s windshield riddled with bullet holes and at once he realizes it wasn’t an accident. He finds himself in the middle of terrorists and has to find a way to save his own life by outsmarting them.
Books for children aged 14 and above
● Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
This is an intriguing supernatural novel. Lena Duchannes, the main character, struggles with concealing her extra ordinary powers and a curse that has haunted her family for ages. However, it is difficult to conceal the secret forever. Ethan, a young man, experiences dreams leading him towards Lena. They eventually find themselves in the same neighborhood and Ethan wants to uncover the connection between them. One secret could change so much in this story and the reader holds their breath to see discover what happens next.
● The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This is a tale that captures two sisters who remain loyal to each other despite the silence, time and distance between them. The piece is deeply compassionate and features high level imagination. Readers experience pain, compassion, love and inspiration.
● All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
The policy of Illyria College is such that, only males can be admitted. Violet, Ashton’s twin sister, wants to join the college and she has to disguise herself to gain entry. She struggles with keeping her secret while studying. It is a captivating piece.
● Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is disappointed when her father ships her to Paris leaving behind her crush. In Paris, she falls in love with Etienne St. Clair but he is already taken. It is a romantic and amusing piece geared to children experiencing crushes and young love.
● Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
Stan, the most popular boy in school, is tall and handsome and wants to have go out with Jane. Jane has never dated before, but she likes Stan. Jane struggles with her thoughts wondering whether her parents will support her dating. She also grapples with feeling that she isn’t “good enough” for Stan.
These are only some of the amazing books you can consider adding to your children’s summer reading lists. Also be sure to sign up for a summer reading program either through your child’s school or local library.
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