Summer is for…Summer Reading (Book List: grades K-8)

6 Jun

It’s been quiet here at Suzanne Shares for several weeks. Yes, I’m still alive! šŸ™‚ In the last 4 weeks we’ve gone on vacation (I’ll be writing more about this soon!), finished school, swim lessons, and enjoying some much needed R&R after a busy school year. It’s been nice to have some respite with no agenda and some quality time with the family. šŸ™‚

Periodically this summer, I’m going to post some of my favorite things about SUMMER! This first post is about one of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE things about summer–SUMMER READING! Summer Reading is yet another tradition in the Mosley home.Ā Today, I took my boys to register for Summer Reading at the library. They were so excited to get home, read books and mark off the circles on their reading chart. Of course, they are ecstatic that they can earn prizes as they mark off the circles on the chart. As a parent, I’m ecstatic that they are reading, journeying to worlds unknown, engaging their minds, and being shaped by the stories read. (Can you tell that I’m a bookworm?!?!?) Check with your local library for more information about their Summer Reading program. Your kiddos will LOVE it! The best part about Summer Reading is that it’s FREE!

I found this reading list for grades Kindergarten-8th grade last summer via one of my favorite blogs, “Between Two Worlds.” The list is from Calvary Classical School, a classical Christian school in Hampton, Virginia. If you’re looking for some quality literature to put before your child or to read to your child this summer, this list is a great one!

Also, Honey for a Child’s Heart, is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite books! Gladys Hunt has done a marvelous job of assembling rich, quality, you-won’t-want-to-put-the-book-down book lists for children. I was thankful to stumble upon this book! It came into our lives at a time when I was ready to turn in our library cards! My boys were choosing books at the library that were boring, poorly written, and often quite lacking. I was beginning toĀ hateĀ reading to my boys, which grieved me. This book resulted in a 180 in our home. Hunt introduced us to authors like Lois Lenski, Bill Peet, Leo Lionni and Robert McCloskey. The joy of reading together returned; thank you Gladys Hunt! This is another excellent resource if you’re looking for book list for summer reading. Better yet, buy theĀ Honey for a Child’s Heart: Kindle edition (half the price!) and take it with you to the library to track down some wonderful books for summer reading!

Where do you find quality literature for your kiddos?!?! Please comment and share! I’m always looking for new books!

Happy reading!


3 Responses to “Summer is for…Summer Reading (Book List: grades K-8)”

  1. Jenny White June 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Hey Suzanne!
    You, and other readers, might enjoy checking out Redeemed Reader. They are also having a Summer Reading Challenge with some activities. HERE:

    • Suzanne Shares June 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      awesome!!! thanks for passing along this great website! I’ve been reading it non-stop since you posted it! yay! so excited!


  1. Summer reading=LOL | Suzanne Shares - June 18, 2013

    […] As a part of our oldest sons’ homeschool day, they read daily to me or quietly to themselves. For the past 2 years, we’ve used the Sonlight readers, which have all been a sheer delight. We’re continuing on with our sons’ routine of reading daily even during the summer months…because we LOVE summer reading! […]

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