Winter reading gets a lot of love when a cup of cocoa and a good book is on everybody’s Instagram in January. But summer reading is just as relaxing and enjoyable. When the days are hot and the afternoons are lazy, it’s the perfect time to indulge in a good adventure without breaking a sweat.
In a survey conducted by Scholastic, children who are allowed to choose their own book are three times more likely to be a frequent reader. These are astounding numbers and show the huge impact of allowing your child to browse and pick the books they would like to read.
Rebecca Leber-Gottberg of Rediscovered Books in Boise and Caldwell shared some popular choices for your child’s reading list. “Families are making reading at home or on vacation a social act,” she says. “Parents establish a time during the day when all members of the family gather to read on their own, or take turns reading the same book aloud. It’s a great way to connect.”
Reading for fun keeps kids entertained and interested, and they will be more engrossed in a book they choose themselves rather than material that is forced on them. Allowing them to explore is one of the greatest joys of summertime—right up there with running in the sprinklers.
Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th Street, Boise, ID
Best Worst Summer
by Elizabeth Eulberg
This is the worst summer ever for Peyton. Her family just moved. She’s missing her best friend. She's lonely. She's bored. Until . . . she finds a mysterious box buried in her backyard.
Elephant in the Room
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sixth-grader Sila welcomes a very large distraction in her life when she helps a surprising new friend rescue a circus elephant. Sweet and charming!
Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice
by Amanda Foody
A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this middle grade fantasy debut--perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon. Amazing adventures await him.