Now that school is back in full swing, I am looking back on the summer reading challenge we gave ourselves and reviewing how we did. Aidan and I challenged ourselves to read 20 books over the summer, and we had shared our list of planned books with you.
So how did we do? For quantity, Aidan completed his 20 books and a few more. For me, I read closer to 10 novels (several over 700 pages each), but over 50 picture books with Elizabeth.
We met our number goal, but how was the quality? Even though we didn’t necessarily stick to the list we had planned (Aidan in particular), overall we read good quality books. Aidan began his summer devouring Calvin and Hobbes collections (which is technically reading, but not what I had in mind), and then reading some good novels including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He re-read some favorites including some Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, sprinkled in with a bunch of graphic novels from our library. He finished up the summer with a keen interest in non-fiction books about animals and geography (go figure). We are still planning to finish Shiloh together, which we got about halfway through.
For all of us, we read some good books and some not so good books. That is to be expected. I will still encourage Aidan to supplement his graphic novel/comics interests with meatier novels. However, the most important thing I saw this summer was my kids reading. Not “Mom made me sit down and be quiet” reading. Book-loving reading – fully engrossed, bring a book everywhere, “Mom, can I bring the book in the store?” kind of reading. Perhaps that is the best measure of our summer reading challenge, which I declare a success.
What did you read this summer? Any good finds?
Now that summer is in full swing, me and my kids are very happy to have more time for reading in our schedule. We all have varied reading interests, so our lists cross genres and types. So what are we reading?
Aidan (8 years old):
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
- Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DeCamillo
- A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket
- James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Jeff Kinney
- How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell
- Geronimo Stilton: The Kingdom of Fantasy
Elizabeth (5 years old):
- Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, Jane O’ Connor
- Blue Hat, Green Hat, Sandra Boynton
- How to Be a Viking, Cressida Cowell
- Red: A Crayon’s Story, Michael Hall
- Little Bear, Else Holmelund Minarik
- Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Eric Litwin
- Lots of Early Readers!
Me (did you think I would tell you my age? Ha!)
- The Chaperone, Laura Moriarity
- The Garden of Letters, Alyson Richman
- All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
- Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett
- Some of the books on Aidan’s list
- All of the books on Elizabeth’s list!
I’m sure we’ll be adding and changing books as the summer goes on, plus adding some audio books. What are you reading this summer? Please share in the comments!
Schools across the country are letting out, to the joy of children everywhere. My children’s last day of school for the year is today, and while they enjoyed school and are both looking forward to moving up to new schools in the fall, they have many plans for the summer.
Every summer we try to learn new things, both children and adults alike. This summer my daughter will try learning to be a better swimmer, tying her shoes, riding her bike with training wheels, and starting to read independently (whew!). My son wants to try some new sports for him – running, swimming, and tennis. For me? I’m going to work on learning to be a better runner, writer, and mom.
For all of us, reading is a central part of summer. We have longer stretches available for reading books – whether it is during road trips, cuddled up on the couch in our PJs, or while sitting on the front porch in between bike riding adventures.
I’ll share more next week about what we are each reading this summer, but I will tell you that Aidan and I will be doing another reading challenge. We are challenging ourselves to read 20 books again this summer. We took this challenge last year, but didn’t quite make it. We learned from that experience that while we enjoy reading to each other (and will still do so from time to time), we both read faster independently. So this summer we are taking more of a book club approach (if you can have a book club with only 2 members) – we are each reading a book at the same time, and then we’ll have a special sit down at the bakery or elsewhere to discuss it. We are already 2/3 of the way through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, so we’re off to a great start. I’ll keep you posted on how we progress.
Happy summer reading to all of you!