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My eight-year-old son, William, was not an early reader. We weren’t worried, he wasn’t behind in school, but he didn’t learn to read at the age of three, four or even five. In kindergarten and first grade, I struggled to find books he wanted to read and then bribed him to alternate reading sentences, pages and then chapters.
I admit it. This book loving Mom was disappointed. I’ve dreamed of sharing my love of reading with my kids. I envisioned all of us curled up on cold winter nights each engrossed in our own books. Reading still isn’t my son’s favorite thing to do, but he does now request books to read. And this summer he made a list of both his favorite books he wants to re-read and new books he wants to try. For my reluctant reader, this is a huge. I hope this list inspires your reader too!
My 8-year old’s Summer Reading List
- The 13-Story Treehouse series by Andy Griffins
- Secret Agent Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
- The Yeti Files seriesby Kevin Sherry
- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi
- Dog Man series by Dav Pikey
- Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty
- Book Scavenger series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants series by Dav Pikey
- Hardy Boys: The Secret Files by Franklin W. Dixon
As you can see, his preference is for silly, adventurous, or graphic books. I’ve vetted all of these series and find them to be various levels of complexity but all suitable for second through fourth grade. My personal favorites are Book Scavenger and Boxcar Children. I like the Jack Stalwart books the least because they are repetitive. William doesn’t care though and flew through the whole series. I even caught him reading them by flashlight in his room, in the middle of the night. I was so happy! Toss one into the pool bag or take one on your next beach vacation for your eight-year-old to enjoy.
What are your children’s favorites? What is on their summer reading list? Let me know in the comments below!