Summer Reading List
August 6, 2014 · Posted in Education, K-5 Kids, Teens · Permalink

As the semester came to an end in college, I remember excitedly making my summer reading list. Nothing I had to read, just things I wanted to read. Creating the list was a signal that summertime was near, with less responsibility and a little more breathing room. I loved making those lists with my kids and doing the ritual trip to Barnes and Noble to pick out a stack for each of them. They ranged from Caldecott winners to The Babysitter’s Club.

Making this a ritual supports the idea that reading is fun and valuable even when not in school. In the age of Amazon, the actual bookstore experience is a special one, you stumble onto things you never even thought about, you look carefully at book jackets and have the solid feeling of a book in hand. This is a great summer ritual for you and your children.

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  1. kcf
    June 2nd, 2011 | 7:47 am

    I also enjoyed getting recommendations from my kids. They would offer me advice on their favorite YA novels and I’d add them to my summer reading list. Some real winners were in there, including Fever 1793, The Giver, Speak and Whatever Happened to Janie.

  2. GregH
    October 8th, 2011 | 4:21 pm

    Summer is now over, but reading can be fun in any season. As mentioned above, bookstores are great, but don’t forget your local public library. In today’s “economic climate” it’s a wonderful feeling to see all those books and cd’s and dvd’s and realize you can borrow them for free. If you’re near Soho Parenting, the closest branch of the New York Public Library is the Mulberry Street branch, one block south of Houston Street, just behind the Puck building. Read on!

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