Reading is very important to me and it always has been which is why I have worked very hard to collect a large variety of books to stock our home library. My hope is that by surrounding my children with great books it will encourage them to become avid readers. We read several times throughout the day the kids each have books that they read independently and then at night I read aloud from a chapter book. This summer we will be tackling a list of chapter books that I love and that I know my children will love as well.
- Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder– Completed
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls– Just started this week 🙂
- The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
- Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
- The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
I am hopeful that we will be able to get to all of these books before the summer is out but if not we can finish our list off in the fall. Every book on this list is a book that I read and loved as a child and reading these books with my kids is not only a thrilling experience because I am passing down these stories, but it allows me to feel like a kid again. Reading to your kids is important but it’s only beneficial if they see their parents enjoying the stories as well. When deciding what books to read with your little ones seek out books that you are familiar with and know you will enjoy reading. It’s great to try out new books as well but mix in the ones you are familiar with that way your kids can feel your excitement with every page turn.
Reading great books is an amazing way to spend the day but take advantage of the warm weather and get your kids outside. There is nothing more relaxing than reading a book by a pond, in an open field surrounded by a picnic or even at dusk around a campfire with smores. Reading should always be fun and never a chore so get creative when you are choosing how and where to read with your family.
This is my list but I would love to hear what books you are reading with your littles ones this summer? Do you have a favorite place to read with your kids? Looking forward to reading your comments!