So while we have our bucket list of places to go, our list of things to do at home, I also came up with a list of books to read for the summer. My son shares my love of reading and since he is a new reader, it's a skill I want him to continue to work on all summer. He loves that the library has the summer reading program and Barnes and Noble offers their own summer reading program with incentives to keep reading. He has already asked if we can read lots of books, more than just at night at bedtime!
One of his summer homework assignments is to read a particular book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. His entire school has been assigned to read the book. It's a great book with fun illustrations that even has an app to go along with it, making the book pop to life! We already have read it and it was a hit, although my son is worried because the second graders at his school told him to beware of the report he'll have to write about the book in the fall! (Silly rumors!)
So I did a bit of research and came up with a list of books to read with him this summer. He is reading on a first grade reading level currently. He still prefers that I read to him, but I am working on ways to get him to read to himself and others using early reader books.
At the end of the school year, my son's teacher introduced Hiku and Cinquain styles of poetry to the class. Each day the class would write a piece of poetry together. He really seemed to enjoy this style of writing so I decided to expand on the poetry and pull out our collection of Shel Silverstein books. I read A Light in the Attic as a kid and loved it. I think my son will get a kick out of it too!
My son can read on a first grade level, which still shocks me. I pulled out his collection of early reader books, books I usually read to him, for him to read to self this summer. He loves the Lego series books, so I think he'll go for this idea!
I love children's picture books. I went through our stack of books and pulled out some classics as well as some newer favorites. These include The Little House, Diary of a Worm, Caps for Sale, Flotsam, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Only One You. We'll hit the library to borrow some more picture books too.
My son loves to laugh and hear a good joke. We'll try to get these from the library: The Day My Butt Went Psycho, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid. I'm sure we'll discover a few more too!
What is on your child's summer reading list?