The arrival of summer heralds many wonderful things: outdoor adventures, family reunions, and, for the book worms among us, plenty of time for summer reading.
Now that my daughters are five- and eight-years-old, reading aloud to them has become more gratifying than ever. We used to enjoy a cozy bedtime together in the company of our wonderful picture books (and often still do). But gradually, we've turned to chapter books for our evening read. My younger one likes to start off with a picture book, and then her older sister joins us for the chapter book.
During the school year, we usually only have time for one or two chapters a night, depending on the story. So this summer, we are all three looking forward to more reading time together. And we are all contributing ideas to a summer reading list.
Here's what we have so far:
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are making our way through the "Little House" series, and the girls are eager to continue.
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. I can't believe we haven't read this before; my five-year-old is especially keen.
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I remember loving this book as a child.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. This will be our first foray into Potterland - exciting!
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall. My second-grader's teacher raves about this book.
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. I did not read this as a child, but it sounds like it will by right up my girls' alley.
I, for one, can't wait for summer!
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