Summer is in full swing and is approaching the halfway mark in the next couple weeks. By this time, your child might be suffering from a bit of summer boredom. It may sound crazy, but they can get tired of swimming, bike rides, and hanging out with friends now and then. This is why it is essential for them to have a summer reading list to follow. If they don’t already have one created, this would be a good time to start one and visit the nearest library. Below are a few classic books that almost all students will enjoy reading.
My third, fourth, and fifth-grade students loved this book. Hatchet is about a young boy named Brian who gets stranded in the Canadian wilderness when his small plane crashes. The pilot dies and leaves Brian there all alone. How does a boy survive without any real wilderness skills? It will really get your child thinking about what they would do in this situation.
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia is one of those books that stay with you long after you finished reading it. It is the tale of two children that become friends and create a pretend magical place in the woods close to their houses. Most kids will be able to identify being lonely and making a near and dear friend in this mixed up world. Unfortunately, things take a downturn in the last quarter of the book that will have your child reaching for a couple tissues.
Where the Red Fern Grows
The classic story about a young boy who tries to train a couple of Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs. As they all get older, the boy and his dogs become much closer. There is some special connection in life between a boy and his dog, and this book will melt even the toughest hearts. Where the Red Fern Grows will develop the reader’s compassion for animals.
The Lemonade War
Third and fourth-grade students greatly enjoy The Lemonade War because they can totally identify with it. The brother and sister compete against one another as they try to see which lemonade stand brings in the most money by the end of summer. They try selling strategies, bringing friends in to help, and sabotage. But in the end, the brother and sister become friends once again and realize just how much they care for one another. After reading this book, your child will want to open up their own lemonade stand for a few days.
In this interesting tale, a young girl makes friends with a mysterious family that seem like they are hiding something. Through a bit of detective work, the curtains are slowly drawn back on the mystery. It appears that the family accidentally drank from the fabled fountain of youth and have not aged for a long time. Immortality suddenly seems like it is not all it is thought to be.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
There are actually a whole series of these books, so if your child likes the first one, they will have a whole lot of reading on their hands. Even the kids that say they don’t enjoy reading will like these books that use comic strips to get the humor across. After your child is done reading them, they are books that you might enjoy as well.
If your child enjoys reading, but is kind of struggling with it a bit, iAchieve can help. Whether they are not so great with reading fluency or with the comprehension of the text, iAchieve can do some reading tutoring with your child that will pay off once school comes around again.
Written by Ryan Crawley
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