It’s the season when parents and teachers are figuring out ways to avoid the summer reading slide. During the summer, elementary-aged children, especially boys, tend to lose much of the reading aptitude that they gained during the school year. Summer reading incentive programs can help by offering prizes for titles or reading minutes logged during the summer, but there’s no substitute for the pure joy of reading.
Like TV shows that brings us back week after week to view our favorite characters or to find out what happened after the cliffhanger ending, series of books may be able to keep children reading all summer. Buy the first books of these series or check them out from the library for your children.
- Magic Tree House series for six- to nine-year-old boys who love adventure and historical fiction.
- The Bunnicula series for nine- to twelve-year-old boys who like harmless, campy vampire rabbits. Read a teacher’s review of Bunnicula.
- Chronicles of Narnia. for nine- to twelve-year-old boys. Adults should read these too. Lewis wrote a lot into these books that kids enjoy but don’t completely understand.
Do you have any other ideas to help children avoid the summer slide? Post them in the comments.
MisterJeremy has lived and taught in Japan since 1997. He has taught English; homeschooled his own kids; taught in and directed an international preschool; and now teaches in and directs an international school in Tokyo. His guiding principle in education is that learning should be fun. He blogs at makelearningfun.info. You can also find him on twitter @funlearn.