Summer is quickly approaching and while we are excited to put this remote learning school year behind us, I am preparing our summer learning plans to ensure Preston, Braxton, and Olivia have lots of active learning opportunities all summer long. One foundational part of the summer learning plans for all three kiddos are reading lots and lots of books. Please note, we earn commissions if you shop through the links below.
For my seven-year-old rising second-grader, we will be using a reading habit tracker to begin to develop his skills as an independent, self-directed learner. The tracker will also help him set goals and work toward achieving them. To create his ultimate summer reading bucket list, he and I sat down together and searched the web to create this carefully curated list of reads that he found interesting. One critical aspect of cultivating life-long readers is to allow your child to select books that they find interesting. After they read a book, ask them questions that will build critical thinking skills, such as:
did you like the book?! Why or why not?
If you could change the ending, what would you change?
Which character was your favorite? Why?
If you are interested in using a reading habit tracker to help your child set, track and achieve their summer reading goals, you can download a FREE reading log habit tracker below.
Now, let's get into the list! We couldn't decide on just ten, so below are 13 of Preston's picks for books to read this summer. Most have some STEM focus, but others are about sports and even government. You can follow along with his progress in my Instagram Stories, @PBOinSTEM, where I will also share lots of ideas for fun ways to infuse STEM learning into your summer routine. For your convenience, you can find all of these books in our PBOinSTEM Amazon Store Front HERE.
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time by Dumas Marti
Big Monty and the Cyborg Substitute by Matt Maxx
Sophie Washington: Code One by Tonya Duncan Ellis
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life by Bryan Johnson
Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist by Diehn
Forces: Physical Science for Kids by Andi Diehn
What Should Danny Do? On Vacation (The Power to Choose Series) Adir Levy
Baseball for Kids: A Young Fan's Guide to the History of the Game (Biographies of Today's Best Players) by Adam MacKinnon
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up by Anthony Curcio
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King by Anthony Curcio
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! By Sally Warner
Miami Jackson Makes the Play by Patricia McKissack
I Know my Rights: Bill of Rights by Mysonne Linen and Heddrick McBride
Do you have other recommendations?! Leave them in the comments down below because we have 100+ days of summer to fill with books. Stay tuned for a reading list for toddlers to help get them ready for Kindergarten and even some pleasure reads for parents.
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