31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 5: Ten New Books for Your Summer Reading Lists

Experienced reading teachers and literacy experts can vouch for the fact that kids read more and enjoy reading more when they are able to choose their own books. On the flip side, too much choice (i.e. an entire bookstore or library) can be overwhelming and discouraging. So, as one teacher put it, putting together a “preview stack” of books at the right reading level and in your child’s areas of interest hits the sweet spot between freely chosen and guided reading.

So we have been working on this for our kids, pulling books both from the recommended reading lists given to us by our schools and from our favorites from when we were kids.

But there’s something absolutely delightful about discovering a new book from a new author (or a new books from an old favorite author) that makes a summer reading stack just a bit more intriguing.

Here are books that we have loved reading with our kids this year. We’re calling it our Best of 2014 (so far) List. Read on!

Picture Books
Hi Koo: A Year of Seasons by John J. Muth
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding

Middle Grade Books
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne


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