As a kid, I always looked forward to summer. I loved being able to play outside all day with my friends, use my imagination and spend time doing whatever I wanted. But on those super hot summer days in Oklahoma, of which there were many, I loved curling up with some of my favorite books and just reading.
Now, as a parent and homeschooling mom, I want my kids to continue developing their love of reading and using their imaginations, so I encourage reading during the summer. Many times they are overwhelmed when we visit the library, so it is helpful to have a list of books to draw from before we make the trip.
This printable list includes Time’s 100 Best Children’s Books. This is the perfect list to help get your little ones started on their reading journey or give them some great ideas for the summer. While you can absolutely just take this list to the library and check out books in groups at a time and just read them, here are few other options.
3 Ways to use the Summer Reading List
Daily Read Alouds – We may be in the minority here, but daily read alouds are a chore in our family. We allow our kids to wake up on their own time, because I have 2 early risers and 2 late sleepers (of my homeschooling kids), so lunch is often straggled and not eaten together. Dinner is later in the evening after my husband gets home and with two little ones in the house, the afternoon is often quiet for naps. I would like to do better at read alouds with our kids, so this list is a great place to start! Let each child pick a book to read together, so you take turns and find new options – and maybe a few family favorites!
Reading Challenge – Do you want to help your kids improve their reading skills over the summer? Give them a reading challenge! Supply them this list of 100 Children’s Books and challenge them to read a certain number of books weekly, monthly or for the entire summer. This is a great way to push them out of their comfort zone and usual reading patterns.
Reading Rewards – Kids love rewards. Whether you choose to work your way through this list as a family with daily read alouds or do a reading challenge with your children, rewards are a great incentive. Sit down with your kids to make a list of the books they want to read, a certain number of books or the whole list! Then, you can create fun reading incentives and rewards for them once they reach their goals! You could do a trip to the ice-cream shoppe, a $10 shopping trip, a pizza party…the sky is the limit! Try these seasonal reading trackers and coupons to keep track of their progress!
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