This summer reading list is sure to be a hit
With summer around the corner and everyone’s travel plans, baby shopping lists, and Trolls NYC tickets purchased, it’s time to get your summer reading list in order for the little girls in your world.
Top 9 elementary school summer reading list picks for this year:
Storyteller’s Word a Day is an illustration-based book that introduces essential new words based around creative thinking. Susan B. Neuman, Professor of Childhood Education and Literacy Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, suggests leaving it on the breakfast table each morning to encourage a few minutes of low-pressure, high-quality learning each day.
The New Girl Code – The launch of a fashion app is the very-relatable novel for advanced tween level readers (ages 10-12) she’ll be eager to tell her friends about, too. While other titles on our summer reading list for girls are classics, this newcomer is the one she’ll get a kick out of reading and be inspired by, thanks to the very-relatable main character, Charlie. Charlie is a high school sophomore living, loving, and creating the world around her in Brooklyn when she launches her own tech business. This is the kind of girl power every little one deserves to believe is not just possible, but normal.
Where the Sidewalk Ends is arguably iconic author Shel Silverstein’s most popular work, and for good reason — it’s brimming with kid-friendly poetry that invites a sing-song tempo and happy reading with humor. Professor Neuman believes this is the best introduction to poetry for children, and we agree. It’s a fun read with parents for early literacy and a complete joy for older children who want to commit just a few minutes a day to their summer reading list.
Charlotte’s Web is an American classic introducing city and suburban kids to the realities of a once-average farm life, the concept of animal husbandry and feelings, and the dramatic tale of the cycle of life, love, family, and friendship. Although it’s presented as standard reading in many public school fourth grade classrooms, it’s a great summer reading list addition for slightly advanced third graders or an easy, light read for fifth and sixth grade girls.
Love Big is every kindergartner’s best reminder to act with consciousness. Sure, it’s filled with adorable African wildlife characters, but the message spans beyond the Simba-seeming cover. It teaches acceptance, consequences, and the value of kindness in a way that’s exciting for kids. The illustrations are a delight as well.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is another timeless piece of necessary literature girls of all backgrounds should read. The message is clear — we are all human, and all struggles are relatable no matter the time, place, or style of your existence. Most tweens are required to read this first person account of Nazi-era life as a young Jewish girl which builds both moral character and knowledge.
Bridge to Terabithia was also made into a movie recently, which will make it a fun summer reading list escape for the young girl who can’t stand to live without a dose of fantasy and excitement. It’s an enchanted hybrid of realistic-seeming childhood escapes with other worlds and magic that keeps kids turning pages. Plus, when she’s done reading she can celebrate by having her friends over to watch the film version.
Little Joe Chickapig is the hysterically silly and easy-to-read hardcover book we think your advanced kindergarten reader or grade-level first grader will eat up. The fun rhyming stanzas are easy to sound out and pronounce, while whimsical illustrations keep kids interested in reading while most other books seem like a summertime chore.
To Kill A Mockingbird is yet another American classic that knows no time or bounds — it’s a forever-favorite every tween and teen should have on their summer reading list. The book tackles tough topics like racism and inequality, and is easily relatable to all generations. Girls at an advanced reading level can tackle this one going into fifth grade, while grade-level readers can add this to their stack of literature from age 11 or greater.
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