We ran this post last summer and I’ve added some books to the list. I hope you enjoy!  FYI: Last summer we added a new category for college and young working adults. In the side bar menu, use the Select Category option to find the link to reviews of some terrific reads.  -Nancy

From Kristina–Summer reading is important for students who are learning and growing in reading skills. It is the opportunity to have an unlikely adventure or read a teacher’s recommendation. Teachers often put together a reading list for their students based on certain types of literature. It is a great opportunity for parents to rediscover reading and literature with their children.

I encourage children of all ages and parents to check out their local library. Many local libraries offer summer reading programs. Such programs give students a reading goal for the summer. Children are often asked to write a report about a book. Younger children draw a picture. Reading provides an alternative to the digital media realm, and an opportunity for children to learn from some great literature.

From Nancy–Reading a novel together can be a great family activity. Even independent readers can enjoy being read to. I asked Books 4 Christian Kids reviewers to recommend some books for such an activity. Here is the list. (The titles are linked to the review. Other titles for middle graders may be found using the Select Category feature on the sidebar menu of the blog. For road trips check out audio books. Our review of Little Women will surely whet your appetite for such material.)

Anna’s Fight for Hope
The Avion My Uncle Flew
Chauncey of Maury River
Cheaper by the Dozen
Escape from Warsaw
In Grandma’s Attic
Jungle Doctor Meets a Lion
Little Lord Fauntleroy

Meet Josephina
Meet Kaya
Secret Garden, The
The Tarantula in My Purse and 172 Other Wild Pets

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

You and your older teen may enjoy reading the same book and then talking about it. Here are a few suggestions:
Found in Translation
God’s Smuggler
Night Flight
Night of the Cossack
Scarlet Pimpernel, The

Sophie’s Heart
Soul Surfer
Through Rushing Waters