Look at my muddy sons! This photo brings back fun memories. In our family, summertime meant lots of outdoor playtime, swim lessons, and jaunts to the beach. But we also encouraged trips to the library and summer reading.
How could books ever compete with sunny days full of bikes and mud?? With choices like the ones below (as promised, I'll be blogging about fun summer reading for the month of June).
Books Even Boys Will Come Inside For...eventually:
The Stories Julian Tells (series) by Ann Cameron.
The Great Brain (series) by John D. Fitzgerald. (ages 8-12)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl (ages 8-12).
These books made a huge impact on my oldest son. Along with Norman Jester's The Phantom Tollbooth, Roald Dahl's books introduced him to imaginative fantasy through quirky humor and fun wordplay. Dahl's books are about childhood justice and delight, full of imagination and the best kind of storytelling. Charlie Bucket lives with his mother and four bedridden grandparents in their one-room home. Charlie wins a trip into the magical, fantastical world of Williy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. A satirical look at want and need, greed and generosity, all remedied through the methods of the eccentric candy maker. Not to be missed!
Maniac McGee, by Jerry Spinelli (ages 9-12).
The Indian in the Cupboard (series), by Lynne Reid Banks. (Ages 8-12)
Exciting, absorbing, and thought provoking story, alive with magic as two boys discover they can bring their toys to life by putting them in an old medicine cabinet that one of them receives - along with a small plastic Indian - for his birthday. They are faced with the responsibility of this tiny person and the consequences of their actions. Gives new meaning to the phrase, "the dignity of human life".
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.
past post here). Independent Readers: grades 5 and up. Family Read Aloud: ages 9 and up.