Just because school is over doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop. A great way to keep your kiddos on track is to get into a reading routine with them. Whether you are reading to your child or he is reading independently, reading over the summer is important. You may already be reading at naptime or bedtime, but it is time to incorporate some higher level questioning into your booktime.
We have provided you with book suggestions as well as sample questions to keep your kids excited about reading.
Here are some of our family favorites. We could go on and on, but this is the “short list”.
Mary’s 3 year old, Gavin and Holly’s 3 year old, Evie
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series)
- Corduroy (series)
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Officer Buckle and Gloria
- Dig, Dig, Digging
- The Doorbell Rang
- Are You My Mother?
- Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
- Franklin (series)
- A Bad Case of Stripes
- Press Here
- Freckleface Strawberry
- Where’s the Baby?
Holly’s 5 year old, Cole and Mary’s 5 year old, Grant
First and Second Grade:
Mary’s 6 year old, Elaina and Holly’s 6 year old, Nate
- Amelia Bedelia (series)
- Frog and Toad (series)
- Henry and Mudge (series)
- Junie B. Jones (series)
- Flat Stanley (series)
- Nate the Great (series)
- Cam Jansen (series)
Older readers (use these for your fluent readers or for read-alouds for younger kiddos):
- The Magic Treehouse (series)–some have non-fiction companions
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)
- The Goddess Girls (series)
- Rainbow Magic (series)
- The American Girls Collection (series)
- Fiction and Non-fiction works by Matt Christopher
This summer Mary’s 8 year old, Emily is excited about the Mysterious Benedict Society Series and Holly’s 8 year old son, Brett is sucked into The Heroes of Olympus Series.
Of course, whatever it is you are reading, you are helping to improve your child’s skills. In addition to reading the text and enjoying the pictures, asking questions before, during, and after the story can help to hone your child’s comprehension skills. Make sure not to ruin this fun time by inundating your child with questions. Ask questions at appropriate breaks in the story and when the book naturally lends itself.
Here are a few sample questions.
- “What do you think this story is about?” (Make predictions.)
- “Do you think this is a real or imaginary story?”
- “What do you think will happen next?”
- “Do you know what ________ means?” (Then explain any unknown words.)
- Ask questions about the illustrations.
- “Retell the story with beginning, middle, and end.”
- “Did you learn anything new from this story?”
- “Were any of your predictions correct?”
- “Which character was your favorite? Why?”
You and your child can track summer reading and even earn free books on sites like Scholastic and Barnes and Noble. Also, check out your local library. Many have summer reading and/or incentive programs to keep kiddos reading year-round.