Managing Mondays: Summer Reading

Managing Mondays: Summer Reading


There is no better time than summer to read to your kids.  A chapter a night, a sibling challenge, a special time for just you.  I love books, I love all books but I really like adventure books. I like kids who get in trouble and figure ingenious ways to get out of it.  I love reading out loud with my kids and having to stop on a cliff hanger so they beg for just one more chapter.  Reading is the number one way to help your kids retain their education and academic skills in the summer.


If your family is like mine, after about the age of ten it became difficult to keep them reading.  My reading out loud a book that was full of adventure and fun, kept their interest, even if they did not want to admit it.  It is  by far one of our favorite bonding times through the years.  I now have four teenagers and even now if I offer to read when we are on the island, and it is an interesting book they will still cuddle in and listen.


In our home the word bored is not allowed.  If we hear it our kids are given fifteen minutes of chores.  If we hear it again they get to run laps, so  we do not hear that word very often.  We also have some pretty strict rules about electronic time. They are given one hour a day to use their choice of electronics. If they want more time,  they must earn it. Every hour they read they get one half hour to watch TV, play their video games etc.  They can also get electronic time for being outside.  For every hour they are outside (not on the phone, or texting etc) they earn time on their electronic devices.  This has actually worked really well and though they complain it is usually not for long or too loud.  The rules are clear and they know what they need to do to get more time.


Back to the summer reading, I have some all time favorite books for you.


For ages  4-6 my favorite books are
any Amelia Bedelia books,
Emil’s Pranks by Astrid Lindgren,
My Fathers Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
and any of the Magic Tree House books.


For ages 6-10 my choices are varied but here are the top five in no particular order:

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
>The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

>The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews-Jessica’s personal favorite

For ages 10 -12

 –Time Stops for no Mouse by Michael Hoeye

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

McGrowl by Bob Balaban

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg


For ages 12 and up I have many favorites:

Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

-The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz

-The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini

-Anything by Brian Jacques

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies

The Sight by David Clement-Davies

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Okay I need to stop, my kids were going on and on but this is all I can do for tonight.  Happy reading and Happy Summer!


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Hi Kari, I think your boys might love the Michael Grant series “Gone”, and they might not need encouragement to finish them! Let me know if they like xx

Comment by skyonfire17

Thanks so much for the suggestion! We have heard about it but have yet to read. When we go to the island in a couple of weeks I will suggest this for them and it may just be the summer read aloud book! Thanks!

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