ARTICLE: What Are My Kids Reading This Summer?

It’s the beginning of June, and that means summer break. As I kid, I couldn’t wait for summer break. It meant weekly trips to the library, days long Monopoly games with the neighbor kids, and spending almost 8 hours a day outside. I grew up in a more rural area, and we had a flock of chickens and a handful of goats. Across the street from us was a working dairy farm, and my mom had a garden that stretched the entire length of our property. Summer for my brother and I was absolute heaven. As the end of the school year approached this year for my two oldest children, I decided that I wanted them to have a summer more like mine was growing up.

Now mind you, we live in the suburbs, and we don’t have chickens or goats. Just a one year old Great Dane named Rylo, and a fenced in backyard. But I knew that my kids can still have some great memories. This week was their first full week off and the first thing I did was take them to our local library and sign them up for the summer reading program and they were thrilled! It was so much fun to see the joy on their faces as they picked out their books for the week and I love the fact that my 8 year old is finally starting to see reading as an enjoyment, rather than a chore. So as they were perusing the shelves, a little lightbulb went off in my mind, and I thought “Wouldn’t it be fun if I shared what the kids are reading with our readers this summer?”

So without further ado, I give you what books have caught my kids attention this summer!

My oldest has always struggled with reading, and it was extremely difficult for him. This past year, his teacher worked really hard with him, and he saw an intervention specialist which helped him tremendously. I had tried and tried to help him in the past to no avail, and the experiences normally left us both in tears and frustrated. The biggest thing that has happened in Anthony’s reading life was the discovery of graphic novels and he’s been pouring through books every since. They’ve made a huge difference in his life and he’s slowly been moving on to full chapter books and loving them!

Anthony’s Summer Reading

The Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey

This series was Anthony’s introduction to graphic novels, and is still one of his absolute favorites. There are currently six books available with the seventh and eighth book out later this year.

The Bad Guys Series by Aaron Blabey

This series is a great one for kids that are either just starting into chapter books, or making the transition from graphic novels to chapter books. They’re fun stories, with plenty of illustrations and something that even I enjoyed reading. There are currently nine published books in the series, with the tenth book set to publish in December of this year.

The I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

This adventure type books based on true events remind me a bit of the “Make Your Own Adventure” books of my youth. These books are great for any kid that is interested in history or true life events. I know Anthony’s favorite subject is history, so these books have been the perfect fit for him this summer! There are currently eighteen books in this series, with another on the way this fall, so there’s plenty of stories to keep your reader intrigued and busy this summer.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

I have a love hate relationship with these books. Personally, they’re not my favorite, but Anthony really enjoys these books. The illustrations and diary type format keep him entertained and reading long past his bedtime some nights. This series currently has thirteen titles with the fourteenth on the way this fall.

Magdalena just finished up kindergarten, and she’s a super strong reader. She’s found quite a few books over the past few months between the school library and her own bookshelf that she enjoys reading every night and before bed. These books would be appropriate for anyone between the ages of 3-6, and are great books to read with your child too!

Magdalena’s Summer Reading

The Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems

I ADORE THESE BOOKS. Maggie brought one of these home from her school library and we’ve both been obsessed with them since. These books are pretty affordable for children’s hardcover books, and we’ve read them over and over again.

The Farmer Brown’s Barnyard Tales by Doreen Cronin

We’ve loved these books for a long time, and the illustrations are so adorable. Every book features animals from the barn, in all sorts of different circumstances. There are several books in this series, and we’ve loved every single one, but my favorite will always be Click Clack Moo.

The Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney

Not only do we like these books, but we also love the tv show on Netflix. We’ve been fans of these books since my oldest was a toddler, and they’re now one of my daughters favorites to read to me before bedtime. The original writer of the Llama Llama books passed away in 2016, but her legend leaves on through the Anna Dewdney’s partner, author Reed Duncan.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

These books are oldies but goodies! I loved the Amelia Bedelia books as I was growing up, and I find them just as enjoyable now, and so does Magdalena! She often giggles her way through these stories, finding the very literal way that Amelia takes directions to be uproariously funny. These are pretty easy reads, with just a little bit of help, and are great books to read together!

As summer progresses, I’ll make sure to add in any other gems that we find, but I hope this post helps you a little if you’re struggling to find books to read with your kids, or to get your kids into reading. I always like to say if I can help just one child read more, then I did my duty for the day!!

One thought

  1. I love the summer reading program. My guy seems to have similar tastes to your older one. He loved Conspiracy Theory; Goosebumps of course; Amulet. Happy summer. Loved the Bad Guys. Makes me laugh.


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