Summer Reading List

I love to read to the kids, and I haven’t had much opportunity this past year because of being in school full-time. This summer I plan to make up for all our loss time by reading as many books as possible. I am creating a list now for us, and I have come up with some good picks. I am trying to have a nice mix of classics ( which Tru seems to love) and more modern books. This is what I have come up with so far:

Pinocchio – We have been meaning to read this for so long, and I don’t know why, but we never seem to get to it. Right now we are reading the latest Sisters Grimm book, and the character of Pinocchio is one of the main characters. In the book the sisters visit the book of Pinocchio. Hearing it described made the kids and I want to read this story (the boys especially want to read it after hearing about all the horrible things that happens to Pinocchio), so this will be our first pick. I am hoping that it will be as good as I expect it to be.

Next on our list is a series that I started to read to the kids a few months ago, but I could never get into it, so I stopped. The kids keep asking me about it though, and they really want to finish it, so I am going to give it a go again. The series is the Green Knowe series, and I am not sure why I didn’t like them, but I didn’t. I think I didn’t like reading it out loud. The names were so hard for me to read. Toseland, Tolly, Mother Knowe, etc., and after reading a few pages I was always done, much to the annoyance of the kids. I will try again and see how it goes. We will start with The Children of Green Knowe then move onto Treasure of Green Knowe and end with The River at Green Knowe. There are three more books in the series, but I haven’t bought them yet, and I honestly don’t know if I will. I need to see if I can make it through these three books first.

After the Green Knowe books I think we will read Andrew Henry’s Meadow. I don’t know much about this book yet, but it gets great reviews at Amazon. The book was published over forty years ago and apparently it has amazing illustrations, which the kids and I always enjoy. The book is about a secret hideout, another thing we love, and it is only 48 pages. A short book with great pictures is always a nice change of pace, and something that Decca really needs after so many long chapter books.

Next I think I will read The Lightning Thief to the kids. I have never been interested in the series (or the movie which looked absolutely horrible), but a friend recommended it to me, and I think the twins will really like it. Hopefully Decca and I will enjoy it too.

We will end the summer with two books by one of my favorite authors, Edward Eager. I have read Half Magic, Magic by the Lake, and Seven-Day Magic to the kids, and they all loved them. This summer I will read Knight’s Castle and The Time Garden to them. I think this will be a perfect way to end the summer.

I love reading books to the kids, and I can’t wait to get started on our summer reading list. How about you? If you have any great books to recommend to us let me know. I am always looking for something great to read!