Elizabeth Kennedy, on her blog About.com:Children’s Books, provides an excellently chosen list of summer reading lists. I recommend taking the time to look at all 10. There are many excellent books listed, and it would take much more than a single summer to read them all.
The lists group books by grade or age, genre, or both. They have many classics on the list, which is a good thing.
Another good reason to read the lists is to see what the schools, librarians, and educators are encouraging our children to read. Not everything on those lists is something I would want my child reading at the age of 13 or 14, when emotions and hormones are running high, and judgement and wisdom are not sufficiently prepared to resist some Siren’s song of pleasure and self-fulfillment. However, I did not see too many.
I was most surprised at the overall excellent quality of all of the lists, each a book lover’s dream. Lists included science, history, Economics (yah!-one list included Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations-thats an ambitious book for a high schooler), classical texts, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh or Homer or the Bible, novels, poetry and books without any words like recently published Flotsam. The lists run long and short.
So, go look at the lists and pick out more than a few. Head to the bookstore or your library and read. Happy Reading!