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3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

Tim Green-3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

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!

Getting Your Child to Read this Summer

Tim Green Getting Your Child to Read this Summer

June is officially here and that means that summer is just around the corner. And what does summertime mean to most? Warm weather, suntans, relaxing by the pool and no school! Schoolchildren get a nice three month break from school to bask in the warm rays of the sun. Unfortunately, this lack of school work is the perfect chance for children to forget everything they learned. In order for your child to retain their knowledge and education, it is best if they continue to read throughout the summer. However, that is easier said than done considering that most children would rather play outside with friends than sit inside and read a book.

 

So how can you get your child to enjoy reading during their summer break? Hopefully, these tips should get your child reading for the rest of the summer.

 

E-books

Technology is all around us and it is taking over our lives. Today’s children are growing up in a world where physical paper is no longer a necessity. So electronic methods of reading books are a viable option. If your child shows resistance to reading a traditional paperback or hardcover novel, then why not appeal to their digital generation and get them reading on an e-reader? As long as your child is reading and learning during the summer, the medium they choose to acquire that knowledge is not important.

 

Consider other forms of reading

Getting your child to read a classic novel like The Grapes of Wrath or The Great Gatsby can prove to be difficult, especially during the summer; that is why looking into other forms of reading can prove beneficial. Comic books and graphic novels can stimulate your child’s brain and contain colorful images that are sure to entertain and engage. And for those that believe that comic books can not provide any educational substance, there are comic books that are specifically designed to be educational.

 

Visit a bookstore or library

While your child may have a clear schedule for the rest of the summer, you most likely still have to work. However, whenever you get the chance, make sure to take your child to a bookstore or library. By surrounding your child with books, they can only become more interested in reading. And it also helps if your child sees you reading as well. Set a good example and your child will follow suit.

 

Hopefully, some of these methods will work for you and get your children reading as many books as they can! Keep on reading and have a great summer!