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Start With A Book: Read-Talk-Explore All Year Long

summer readingIs your child fascinated by dinosaurs, planes, bugs, birds, animals, the moon and stars, art, thunder and lightning? Do you have a young detective, explorer, or superhero at home? Does your child love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales with you? Start with a book … and see where your child’s imagination goes!

American Library Association

The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer.  Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2014 Edition 

These lists are compiled by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College in New York City.

Books 4 Boys

Here you’ll find awesome boy-approved* book suggestions, FREE downloads, and plenty of fun stuff to keep the boys you know reading and—most of all—having fun.

Children’s Choice Awards

A listing of this year’s Children’s Choice Awards Books can be found on this blog post.

Guys Read

Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The mission of Guys Read is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.  This site contains great lists and every month features a “Book of the Month”.

HAISLN Recommended Reading Lists 2014

This list of titles has been compiled by librarians at member schools of the Houston Area Independent Schools Library Network (HAISLN).  It includes both fiction and nonfiction books by some of the best authors for children.

Horn Book Summer Reading Recommendations

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Horn Book has hand-picked some of the top ten in each age range, all published 2013–2014, that are ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.

I Hated Reading Until I Read This Booklist for Boys

Ask a boy who hates to read what he does like to do, and you’ll get a surprising array of answers.  Everything from playing sports to building models, to dinosaurs and animals to cars, machines, and movies – the funny ones, the sci-fi ones, and the scarier the better. So let that be your guide.  Find books that plug into his hobbies and interests – books he’ll want to tell his friends about – and he’ll be hooked.

Interesting Nonfiction for Kids

Discover books that show how nonfiction writers are some of the best storytellers around. Learn how these writers practice their craft: research techniques, fact gathering and detective work. Check out how they find unusual tidbits, make the facts interesting and write something kids will love to read. Explore how photos and illustrations are integrated with the text to explain an artist’s vision of the world. Consider what subjects are flooding the market and what still needs a voice. Rethink nonfiction for kids.

Read Kiddo Read

This site was created by author James Patterson and inspired by his experience as a parent trying to ensure that his son didn’t just like to read, but loved to read.  His lists contain newly printed books and modern “classics”.

Reading Rockets Themed Books and Activities for Summer Reading

This site contains lists for 24 different learning themes.

Teacher’s Choices 2014

Each year since 1989, the International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choices project has identified outstanding trade books, published for children and adolescents, that teachers find exceptional for curriculum use. Parents, also, will find here books good for reading aloud and for help answering questions prompted by tours to a farm, aquarium, or museum or by other shared family activities such as television viewing.

 

Tips for Parents

  • Share your enjoyment of books with your child.
  • Talk over your reading.
  • Continue to read aloud to your child even after he or she reads independently.
  • Encourage your child to choose a book to read aloud to someone else.
  • Broaden your child’s horizons by helping to select from a wide range of subjects.
  • Encourage your child to read whatever he or she enjoys even if it appears to you to be too easy or too hard.
  • Let your child see your enjoyment of your own reading.

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