It’s the dead of summer and you know what that means: kids don’t have to be in school for about 3 months. What does the average child do over the course of a traditional summer? Usually, he or she watches television, plays video games or plays outside with friends and family. While those are all perfectly fine things to do, the former two activities tend to have something of a detrimental effect on children’s minds if not done in moderation. They can cause children to forget most of what they’ve learned during the school year. They need an activity that will keep them occupied and happy, while also bolstering their education. With that being said, I’ve decided to compile a shortlist of books that any child should read over the long summer break.

 

Cosmic Cosmonauts

I understand that most children aren’t overly eager to read a book over the summer, however, Cosmic Cosmonauts should definitely take some of the “boredom” out of reading. It is a graphic novel centered on the adventures of two boys, Jeremy and Justin, who accidentally bring their favorite video game to life. The twin brothers must overcome their different personalities to beat the real-life video game. With a hilarious and heartwarming story and fantastic illustrations all done by Christopher Eliopoulos, this graphic novel is sure to entice young readers.

 

Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm are at it again with another entry in their tried-and-true Babymouse series, Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School. In order to fit into her new and difficult middle school, Babymouse joins the film club in order to create a movie about her experiences. Another graphic novel jam-packed with gorgeous illustrations, weird and whacky characters and a hilarious story that should entertain youngsters all summer long.

 

National Geographic Kids Almanac

This might sound like an incredibly strange way to end the list, but the National Geographic Kids Almanacs (NGKA) are some of the best reading material for children, period. What makes them so perfect is the fact that they are educational, which is definitely what kids need during the long summer break. And while you’re probably thinking to yourself, “It’s hard enough to get children to read something at all, let alone something that’s educational.” That’s the best part of the NGKA! They are full of fascinating information and facts as well as vibrantly colored pages, visually entertaining illustrations and some of the most gorgeous, high-resolution images that are all designed to engage and hook children. The almanacs cover a wide range of topics, from animals to astronomy to food. While you should probably purchase the most recent 2017 edition, it couldn’t hurt to purchase the previous editions — chances are, your child will enjoy them so much they’ll be begging for all of them!