Summer is a great time to get lost in a good book. Not only is it an enjoyable and inexpensive way to have an adventure, but reading aloud with your children builds language and literacy skills while building bonds and memories that last. (If you need more reasons for reading together, check out this post from A Mom with a Lesson Plan or this one from Imagination Soup!)
This summer, my boys an I have been reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin and we’re loving it! It was a wonderful recommendation from a friend of ours who’s passionate about children and literacy. (You just can’t have too many of those kinds of friends.)
Also in the summer line up is a favorite from my own childhood, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I can’t wait to read it as we work in a few extra trips out into the mountains near our home.
For Father’s Day, we also picked up a boxed series that was among my husband’s boyhood favorites, The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. My boys can’t wait to jump into these adventures with their dad.
Perhaps there’s a book you remember getting lost in when you were a child. Now may be a great time to enjoy it again, this time with your own child!
As you build momentum for some valuable summer reading with your kids, here are some wonderful resources to check out:
Find this darling (and free!) printable reading log along with plenty of darling favors like bookmarks and treat toppers for your own bookworm reading party, created by Simple as That.
67 Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids Before Age 10 from Wired will remind you of some of your childhood favorites that you absolutely have to enjoy again with your own kids.
And since kids need readers as role models, check out Simple Mom’s Good Reads for Summer for some great suggestion for adults.
What’s on your summer reading list to read on your own or with your kids?