With summer fast approaching, you may be wondering how to get your child to spend at least some of those many summer hours reading. The answer is, of course, good books! Montessori education encourages parents to work with their children throughout the summer to continue their learning.  Here are some suggestions of beloved books, many of them classics, that have entranced many a child.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Summer is all about nature, making it the perfect time to read this book to your child. The poems about the seasons can easily be incorporated into a summer filled with activities such as gardening or outdoor sports.

Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau

Another nature book, this story of children helping baby turtles find the ocean will help show kids that they are never too young to have an impact. The heartwarming story is followed with suggestions from the author for how you and your child can make a difference together.

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

Many parents will remember reading these books themselves as children. They still make great books for early readers today, not to mention they pose examples of some of the best things about friendship.

The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

The best way to make sure your child is occupied all summer long is to introduce them to a series they can’t put down. The Magic Tree House is a historical fantasy series that is still captivating early and middle readers, more than two decades after the first one was published. Each book features a different time period and a new mystery that the main characters must solve by traveling back in time.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Whole generations of children have fallen in love with Narnia. Introduce your middle reader to the books you loved as a kid and help pass on the love for these books! Middle readers on up will love these books.

Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

The Wimpy Kid series is perfect for a wide range of ages, but especially for those who are reluctant to read. The “handwritten” font, the drawings, and the humor all help to create books that feel casual, lighthearted, and easy to read.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time may not seem as groundbreaking to kids today as it did to the generations before them, but it’s still a favorite. This modern classic can be a little tough to read, due to the density of both the prose and the subject matter, so it’s probably best for stronger readers.

Reading for Life

Your child’s summer reading list should strike a balance between his or her own interests, and what might look like an extension of a classroom curriculum. Encourage your child to include at least a few classics or award-winning books. To find out more about the Montessori curriculum and suggested reading lists, please contact us today to schedule a tour of the Montessori School of Flagstaff Switzer Mesa Campus.

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