Reading is the best way to prevent the summer slide and with the countdown on to the holidays, it’s time to make a book list with your child. Head to the bookstore to fill up your bookshelves now or take a trip to the local library to reserve your choices.
Here are some of the books that are on our summer booklist for elementary school kids including a family read-aloud:
Written by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
For ages: 4-8
Fans of Robert Munsch will be delighted to discover a new book to add to their collection. This athletic adventure is perfect for the months ahead when families participate in for charity walks, races, and marathons. Follow Miranda as she unintentionally enters the big race while trying to help her dad.
Written by Sarah Wassner Flynn, Illustrated by National Geographic Kids
For ages: 8–12
This clever resource from National Geographic Kids is perfect for the child who loves learning fascinating facts. They can read about the world of waste with tons of stinky statistics and stories that will be sure to educate and entertain. It may even inspire your child to become a planet champion by reducing their rubbish.
Written and Illustrated by Paul Covello
For Ages: Baby-5
This book may be written with the youngest Torontonians in mind but we think all city kids will love this book about their very own city. A is for AGO, B is for Blue Jays, C is for Casa Loma, and the list goes on. This book might just be all the inspiration you need to plan family field trips all summer long.
Reading aloud benefits children even after they can read on their own. They strengthen their listening comprehension with the added benefit of bonding with you over a good book.
Our choice for a family read aloud this summer is, Wonder by R.J. Palacio (For ages: 8 and up). This beautiful novel about a fifth grader Auggie Pullman, born with facial differences and his quest to fit into his new school. This story is centred on themes of bullying, compassion and kindness. It will touch your soul and stimulate meaningful dialogue and conversation at the same time. Read it before it comes out in theatres in the fall.
While you getting books for your child, don’t forget to pick up ones for yourself. Let your child see the joy that reading brings by being a reading role model by enjoying books, magazines, and newspapers.