Monday, May 12, 2008

Summer Reading

I am starting to work on summer activities for Sam like I did last summer. The planning stage is pretty much either still in my head or on the computer and I really need to get going on it since I have about one month to finalize some of them. One thing that I am really looking into is a summer reading program to keep him (and myself) reading through out the summer. I know that our library is going to have one but they won't have the information out until June 1st. So I have gone on the hunt for others. Today I found out that Barnes and Noble and Scholastic both have a good reading program for summer that rewards the kids and other kids in need. Check them out!

Do you have a summer reading program that you do with your kids or have done in the past? If so I'd love to hear about them.

Keeping in mind that Sam is 8 and going into 3rd grade...what are (or were) your kids favorite books?

This one is for me...what are your favorite books/authors? I'm always looking for new ones.

9 comments:

D... said...

In the past, my kids have participated in the Barnes & Noble and our local library reading programs.

How well does Sam read? Both my kids are avid readers. I'll ask them for some recommendations.

I love to read mysteries, especially mysteries with recurring characters. My favorites are: Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, Victoria Thompson, Rhys Bowen, Anne George, and J.D. Robb. Just to name a few. ;)

Kim said...

He's reading around the 4th-5th grade level. But it's more finding the stories that will keep his attention. We're currently reading the Spiderwick Chronicles. I do saw we because that is what we read together at bedtime. He loves stores like Spiderwick and is getting into Merlin type stories and Kings and Knight stores as well.

I too love mysteries but don't think that I have read any of them. I'm a newer reader of mysteries. I've always loved them but just never spent much time on them.

Thanks for the help! :)

Stacey said...

I'm off to the Scholastic warehouse sale tomorrow. Wooohoooooo!

RACH said...

We did the library thing a few years ago. The rewards were not much - fast food coupons and several for ice cream (which David couldn't use since he's lactose intolerant) and a certificate that was meaningless to him. They did have drawings for good prizes, but of course, only one kid wins those things.

Three great books to read are One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. One of the characters in Chronicle of a Death Foretold is actually based on my father-in-law. Cool, huh?

I love to read Newberry winning books as well. When I read, I can't stop until I finish the book. Newberry books are good stories, but short enough that I don't spend all day reading and ignoring my family.

Petula Wright said...

You know, I don't even remember what my oldest daughter's favorite books were. She would read during the summer and go to summer camp. I didn't really plan in advance; I just kept her busy.

My all-time favorite author is VC Andrews. Although I haven't read those series much in the past.

I love to read just about anything.

mama says: said...

Just the B&N and library programs here! As for books, my oldest prefers non-fiction but he LOVES the Magic Treehouse series (maybe because some of the books have a non-fic companion & are filled with history). My 7 year old isn't reading on his own yet, he enjoys being read the Narnia books and The Magic Treehouse. We haven't gotten into much else here yet.

MO Treatman Family said...

Kim,
MacKenzie loves the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. There are about 18 of them and they run around 350 pages. She also reads the Chronicles of Narnia about once a month. She's got them memorized. In 3rd grade MacKenzie loved Geronimo Stilton. I love the Francine Rivers. She right Christian Historical Fiction. Her Mark of the Lion series is AWESOME. If you like mysteris Janet Evanovich is hilarious. She is a quick read, about 4-5 hours for me, and will have you laughing your butt off. I don't care for some of the language and there's some suggested sexual content, but overall pretty clean and so funny.
Enjoy,
Jennifer

Suzann said...

I agree with Rach about going for Newbery award books. They're always good stories, and well-written.

Also, consider nonfiction. Kelly Milner Halls's books would be good for an 8-year-old boy: Tales of the Cryptids, Albino Animals, Dinosaur Mummies. They're all good. My girls (5 and 12) are fascinated by them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. : )

Kelly Milner Halls
www.kellymilnerhalls.com

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