Some Books and Authors Your Kids Should Read This Summer

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We’ve consulted with the beautiful minds of our teachers and compiled a list of some books that we think you should encourage your kids to read this summer. It’s by no means an exhaustive list. Some of them are Christian. Some of them are classics. All of them are worth reading.

Before we talk about the books worth reading, let’s throw around some ideas to get them reading.

  1. Work out a tech time for reading time exchange system: For every hour they read, they get 20 minutes of time on technology…or something like that.
  2. Rewards: Some would interpret this as bribery…which it sort of is. Consider celebrating your child’s initiative with outings, ice cream, high fives, or anything else that will motivate them to read.
  3. Read what they read: Many of the books on this list are books many haven’t read. Find a book that neither of you have read and tackle it together.

For Middle School and Upper School Students:

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
If your student hasn’t read this series, now’s the time! If they have read them…it’s still not a bad idea. And they’d actually be a great read for your whole family. It has magic, adventure, and redemption.

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
It’s World War II history…but it’s much more than that.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
A brilliant but consumable reflection of the Christian faith from one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A futuristic, science fiction novel with a thick plot that is engaging and challenging for young readers.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The story of a young Russian student and the temptation to do whatever it takes to escape poverty…and the consequences that follow.

The Christian Heroes Series from YWAM Publishing
This series looks into the lives of people who walked faithfully with God. Their stories will fuel the faith of anyone who reads them.

Some Other Authors to Consider:

  • Homer
  • Virgil
  • Dante
  • Chaucer
  • Spencer
  • Shakespeare
  • Euclid
  • Nicomachus of Gerasa
  • Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton, Darwin, Einstein...etc.

For Lower School Students:

King James Bible
The King James Bible is poetic and helps readers discover elegance in the pages of Scripture.

The Crispin Trilogy by Avi
An action-filled, plot twisting, engaging adventure and mystery for young readers, especially those from 4th-6th grades.

The Rush Revere Series by Rush Limbaugh
A Readers’ Choice Award winner, with a fun approach to history that keeps readers engaged.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A children’s fantasy adventure novel that gives kids the freedom to dream of travel to other worlds.

Aesop’s Fables
Lessons can be learned within the context of these stories, some of which you’ll remember from childhood.

The Disappearing Spoon - The Young Readers Edition by Sam Keen
This story follows the elements of the periodic table through history. Parent Advisor - Be sure to buy the Young Readers Edition.

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
The story of a family who loves animals and the adventures, mishaps, and excitement that their furry friends bring.

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
The harrowing…and hilarious…tale of a boy who resolves to walk 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Colorado