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How to encourage your kids to keep reading this summer


Even a kid who loves school is thrilled when June, and the promise of an extended vacation, arrives.

I finished the creative writing enrichment program I was offering at Garden Creek School yesterday, and the kids were wild. Wild in a good way, in the way that kids get wild when the world is warm and the days are long and if they only stick out their tongue they could taste freedom in the air.

Just as important as a well-deserved break, coupled with the promise of regular time spent outdoors, is the need to keep kids reading during the summer.

Key to that is helping them find the right book at the local library or book store.

Here are a couple of sites with great suggestions to engage your kids. I’m sure you can find many more when you dig. I also recommend following @shelfietalk on twitter – there are always great suggestions there!

 10 ways to get kids reading this summer

Summer Reading by Reading Rockets


But now, with trumpets blaring…


and bears dancing….



I am happy to present….

Wendy’s Summer Reading List Suggestions!

I’d like to offer some suggestions of books I think your later elementary school/middle grade child would love. The first bunch are from debut authors whose books I have read and adored. And please note I have NOT divided these into boy and girl category. Books are books. ‘Nuff said.

Debut Authors:


Artifacts BFF charlie price counting thyme dontgetcaught eye of midnight hours of the bees Last boy at St. Ediths last fifth grade maypop midnight war mOMOTARO seventh grade swing sideways the lost celt P1020799 P1020807 - Copy - Copy P1020806 - Copy (2) P1020806 - Copy - Copy P1020799 The Last 5th grade Treasure at lure lake paper wishes PB&J dragons tombwarrendistance to homebounders



Fenway and Hattie Cover - Lo ResLizziesticks and stones


Other Books Your Kids Will Love


Georgebrown girlcircus m So B Itpenderwicks in spring Raymie Nightingale The Night GardenerBookedbetsy tacy beezusAnne GG

This list is by no means exhaustive, and believe me, I will keep adding to it. But these books, a mixture of old and new, will not disappoint!


Happy reading!

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Wendy McLeod MacKnight

You are most welcome! You know I loved it!

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