Only two more weeks until school gets out in our neck of the woods. Are you ready? I’m not—I’ve just gotten my school day routine down! I am however getting excited about the thought of some fabulous reading time though. At StorySnoops, we’ve been working on making some lists for summer reading for kids and we got into a good discussion about what exactly makes a good summer book. Bottom line? There seem to be two schools of thought. There is the image of the summer book as a light, purely escapist read—something you wouldn’t be caught dead carrying into English class! Then there is also the idea that you have lots of nice reading time, why not take on something a little meatier? Something you can stretch a little bit to read at your own pace, without having to worry that someone is going to ask you to write a paper on it! Regardless of which school of thought your kids fall into, we’ve got them covered. My kids haven’t noticed yet, but I’ve been quietly making a little pile of books that I hope will entice them on one of these lovely summer days that are not so far away!
For my daughter: (finishing up 7th grade, voracious reader—newly interested in Dystopian lit, but equally happy with vampires or realistic fiction. Has a very definite stated preference for a neatly wrapped up ending!)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen—my daughter runs too, and I think she’ll enjoy this emotional and inspirational story.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis—I personally loved this one—great fantasy concept with an entire self-sufficient community aboard a spaceship for years and years. It’s told from alternating male/female points of view and I can’t wait to find a boy to read it too. I always wonder if boys enjoy those changing POV’s as much as girls do.
The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter—I think these could be her summer speed reads. Smart girls at an elite boarding school for spies? PERFECT summer fare!
For my son: (finishing up 5th grade, likes the idea of reading a good book more than he likes actually sitting down and reading that good book. Has a definite preference for fantasy or just flat out boy comedy)
Dark Life by Kat Falls—this one is a compulsively readable combination of SciFi, Thriller and Dystopian lit. He’s been curious about Dystopian books, so this page-turner might be a good introduction.
Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford—what could be better than three friends having zany adventures in outer space with aliens that look strangely like people from Earth? This one fits his humor bill.
Horton Halfpott: Or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset by Tom Angleberger–my son was majorly sucked in to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, so neither of us wants to miss this next release from a new favorite author!
So that’s what I’ve set aside so far for the kids. The way this weather is going so far, we’ll probably be reading these by the fire, sipping hot chocolate in the middle of July! What’s in your summer reading pile so far?
If you need some ideas for your kids, here are the StorySnoops summer reading suggestions: Summer Reading for Tween Boys, Summer Reading for Tween Girls, Summer Reading for Teen Guys, Summer Reading for Teen Gals. Enjoy!