Stay Golden, Summer Readers: Book Recommendations

Posted by on July 3, 2013.

Finally! The time of the year we all look forward to… summer! Time to swim, tan, and read! I love reading in the summer, lying back in a chair out on my deck and just losing myself in a book. I suggest encouraging your child to read this summer. My mom always brought me to the bookstore at the beginning of summer vacation and I got to pick out five books to read. So, go to your local bookstore or library, and check out some of these…

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When I first heard about this series I was skeptical. I had never really been into apocalyptic/action/science fiction kinds of books. I enjoyed reading about a middle schooler’s adventure to the Midwest with her kooky family, not how someone was planning on skinning a squirrel in the middle of a government-run death competition! When I did start the book, I finished it within two days. It was that addictive. If you’re not already familiar with the book, it is about a teenage girl, Katniss Everdeen. Katniss lives in the post-apocalyptic United States, which is now being run by an incredibly corrupt government. The tale of her heroism is inspirational, and will definitely spark the adventurous spirit within your child. If they enjoy the first book, have them get the final two books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. They will thank you!

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

For all those twelve-year-old boys out there, this book is for you. I first read The Outsiders when I was in 8th grade for an English class. I instantly fell in love with this book. Ponyboy, the main character, is the amazingly tough character that I could never be. He grows up on the outskirts of town, always looking in on the posh way of life. He’s hardened, until one day his exterior is cracked. The boy in your life will have to read the novel in order to find out what changes Ponyboy, but when he does, he will have a better understanding of his world and the people that surround him.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

For my final suggestion, I picked a series of books that are good for all ages and genders. I read this entire series, starting with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was in middle school, and I became completely obsessed with it! The magic, the whimsy… Everything about it was incredible. Reading about Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy and their crazy adventure with the White Witch is enchanting to the very last word. This wonderful series continues with the books Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. The books are relatively short, all around 200 pages. This series will keep a kid busy for the entire summer… just don’t be surprised if you find your kids looking for a passage in the back of a wardrobe.

All these titles are available through your local bookstore and library or through online retailers.

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