Summer is coming soon, and your kids will be out of school for at least two months! That means they’ll have a bunch of free time on their hands. While you might already have a week-long vacation or trips to the park planned, you’ll still have plenty of time for reading.
Creating a book list to go through with your children is an amazing way to have fun and still keep their minds engaged while school is out. Here are a few of the best books to read with your child.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
This book is centered around the life of a British eight-year-old boy named James Henry Trotter. James is an orphan that now lives with his two cruel aunts. One day, James runs into a stranger that gives him magical “crocodile tongues” that James ends up spilling on a single peach. The peach starts to rapidly grow, and the insects around it become magical. Soon, James befriends the insects, and they become a family inside of the giant peach – their home. The book expresses the importance of family, no matter how unconventional it may be.
Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley Newton
This is the first book in a series about eight-year-old Ruby Booker. Ruby is the youngest of her siblings, but she has all of the sass and toughness of the big kids. Along with hanging out with her best friend Theresa Petticoat, Ruby enjoys singing, playing with her pet iguana, and dreaming of the day she’ll become an animal doctor. Ruby’s favorite thing of all is to find out what mischief her big brothers are getting into.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
One of Dr. Seuss’ most famous books, The Lorax teaches children about the dangers of greed and the importance of the environment. The book tells the story of the Lorax, who constantly tries to protect the environment from the greedy advances of the Once-ler. The Once-ler depletes the forest of the rare Truffula trees to make Thneed, a precious material for garments. All the while, the Lorax warns the Once-ler of the damage that he’s doing to the world. Soon, the Once-ler depletes the land of all the raw materials and even the last Truffula tree. His business fails and he’s left to live in the barren and polluted land he created.
The Alabama Free Will Baptist Children’s Home
Reading with your children creates togetherness, and a joyful family experience is what we aim to provide to the children in our care. It’s our hope that you and your child will bond over books this summer, and that you will carry these stories with you forever as a memory of a special time you spent together!
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