Summer is Coming
School is finally out, and you know what that means: kids have plenty of free time! Even though summer will get filled up with vacations, trips to camp, sporting events, and fun with friends, it’s important to keep up with their education. It’s a well documented problem that kids lose what they don’t use, especially over the summer break. Some kids lose anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of their reading comprehension skills! That’s why we here at HEXBUG have compiled a list of great books for kids to read over Summer break. These books will not only get your kids to read, but to have fun while doing it.
The Benefits of Reading
Before we get into the list, we should answer the question of why reading is so important, specifically for younger kids. The answer is as vast as the amount of books out there. Reading helps foster creativity, and gets readers to use their imaginations. Using their mind’s eye, readers bring the author’s world to life, and this gets their creative juices flowing.
They also learn important technical skills as well. Kids expand their vocabularies by encountering words they don’t know. This will encourage them to use context clues to figure out the word’s meaning, and increases their comprehension skills. Expansive reading also helps teach them proper grammar and syntax usage. All that aside, it’s time to get to the list!
The Reading List
The Chronicles of Narnia
A tale of a magical land called Narnia where all manner of creatures live. Fauns, Centaurs, Witches, and even a talking lion named Aslan! With seven books in this series, there are plenty of stories and characters to keep anyone entertained. (Age 8+, Grade Level 3-6).
The story of the boy who lived. Harry Potter discovers that he is a wizard, and goes on adventures learning about his traumatic past with the help of his new friends. Travel to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry and discover a whole magical world you never knew existed. (Age 9+, Grade Level 4-7).
Follow Eragon as he goes on adventures and encounters dragons, elves, shades, and the evil king Galbatorix! Uncover the mysterious truth of what happened to the dragon riders, a once powerful group that disappeared when they were needed the most. (Age 12+, Grade Level 7-9).
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
These two books are hallmarks of American literature. Mark Twain gives a snapshot of what boyhood looked like in Missouri in the 1840’s. Join Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as they go on all sorts of adventures where hijinks ensue. (Age 11+, Grade Level 6-8).
Anne of Green Gables
Venture to Green Gables, a family farm run by the Cuthbert siblings. Needing help with the farmwork, they tried to adopt a boy, but the orphanage sent Anne Shirley instead. A talkative and charming girl who is happy to help, but lacks certain social graces. (Age 8+, Grade Level 4-7).
Science / Educational:
Ada Twist, Scientist
Get ready to explore the fascinating world of science! Ada is a curious girl who loves to do experiments and find answers to some of life’s mysteries, however she finds out that often the answers she uncovers only bring more questions. This picture book inspires us all to pursue our dreams. (Age 5-7, Grade Level Kindergarten-2).
Over and Under the Pond
We often only look at the things we can see, like the top of a pond, reflecting the sky. There is so much more to see, however, like the wildlife and plantlife thriving under the surface. Discover the secrets of how plants and animals all come together to form one ecosystem. (Age 5-8, Grade Level 1-2).
Thanks for checking out our summer reading list. We hope this post sparks your interest in literature, and encourages you to spend some time in a good book this coming summer.
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