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Making the most of your library’s summer reading program

By Kim Jaworski, Homeschool Resource Specialist

Each summer your library promotes reading with their program that offers up little prizes and even county fair ride tickets or a free treat at Dairy Queen for those who participate actively. Keep your child reading over the summer- it’s a great program. But you can make it even more worthwhile from a homeschooling perspective if you add one simple caveat. Your child needs to read books from a list you’ve prepared.

This allows you to stack the deck. You can use this opportunity to encourage your child into a new genre of reading material, or simply encourage a wider exposure to topics you’d like them to explore.

Consider these titles and authors when putting together your list (also keep in mind your child’s reading level, maturity and age):

Dear America Series (historical fiction- female lead characters)

My Name is America series (historical fiction-male lead characters)

My America (historical fiction for early readers)

Little House series

The musical life of Gustav Mole

Childhood of Famous Americans (series)

Me on the Map

Max Axiom series

How Much is a Million

 Counting on Frank

Even Steven and Odd Todd



The Magic Schoolbus

The 10 things all future mathematicians and scientists must know

Books by: David Adler, Stuart Murphy, David Schwartz, Greg Tang, Cindy Newschwander and Mitsumasa Anno, Kathleen Krull, Ruth Heller, Richard J Maybury

And because they are great fun:

Framed (audio book is amazing)

Indian in the cupboard series

Houdini (Lynne Reid Banks)

The Borrowers

The Littles

The marvelous inventions of Alvin Fernald

Harriet the spy

From the Mixed up files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler

Pippi Longstocking series

Mrs Pigglewiggle

Amelia Bedelia

You can also just list some topics and let the kids find books that appeal to them:

Volcanoes, weather, solar system, other countries/ cultures, inventions/inventors, explorers, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds, sea creatures, our oceans, the water cycle, astronauts, animals that hibernate, nocturnal animals, metamorphosis, birds of prey, scavengers, glaciers, early Olympics, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, huns, electricity, sound, rocks/geology, the moon, etc.

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