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Kids summer reading list: A Loving Journey

Even though school is out, it’s still is a good idea to keep your child reading throughout the summer months. Summer reading helps maintain and build reading skills for the next school year, and summer is a great time to explore the library or local bookstore and find new authors and series to enjoy. For all ages and all stages, there are so many great books to add to your child’s summer reading list.

Loving to read books myself from an early age, I wanted to pass along some of my favorite oldies and add some of the newer titles my sons love to read.

Big or small and young and old…let’s make a goal to read this summer while we enjoy time by the pool or at the beach. So grab a good book and go on an adventure this summer!

Jimmy’s Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Ages 2-10. Join Meggie on a silly adventure as she tells her mom all about her day at her friend Jimmy’s birthday party. My kids love all of the titles in the Jimmy’s Boa series. Lots of fun and laughs for all ages!

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Ages 2-10. Down on the farm there’s a duck, and this duck does not like to do chores, so he decides to run for president with the help of the other farm animals. How does Duck fare in the election? You’ll have to read this book and find out.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Ages 6-13. Two fourth grade boys, George and Harold, are best friends who love to pull pranks. Aside from practical jokes, these boys sell comic books on the playground featuring superheroes they created. One of these superheroes is Captain Underpants. My oldest son loves to read all the books in this series. The new movie is in theaters now.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Bestselling novel of its time in 1877, the story is told in the first person by Black Beauty, a horse, beginning with his carefree days as a colt. This book teaches lessons in kindness and sympathy. A great book for all animal lovers.

There’s an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George
Ages 10-15. A story about a whole family’s love for the spotted owl and trying to protect them from loggers.

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ages 13-18. This book takes place in the 1840s during an outbreak of diphtheria…or is it? Jessie Keyser is a 13-year-old girl who discovers truth about what year it is and why her small town has more secrets – and why she cannot leave, even when her own sister has become ill.

Trish Schaeffer is a mom of three boys—two with special needs—and a blogger for Central Penn Parent. Follow her at You can follow Trish on Twitter @Alovingjourney and on her Facebook group A Loving Journey-Parents of special needs kids.

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