Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The {Not} Summer Reading Program

Earlier in the summer, I asked my readers via my Facebook page (and also my personal Facebook page) to recommend books for my kids to read independently.  I was looking for books that would be fun to read but also stretch their minds. 

The suggestions started...and kept coming and coming! 

After researching and looking up titles, after following links and reading reviews, I settled on books for each of my independent readers.

I tailored each list to the child's reading level, age, gender, and interests, though there is some overlap of books between lists. I am calling it our Not Summer Reading Program because I plan to give them their lists now, at the beginning of the school year, and continue with the challenge until school ends in May. The plan is to require each of them to choose a predetermined number of books to read on their own time during the school year.  If they choose to read more than the required number, there will be an extra reward.

As a visual reminder, I gathered any of the books we own and put them in their own space on one of our living room bookshelves.  Any books we don't own can be borrowed from the library on our weekly visits.

Do your kids have required reading (whether they are homeschooled or attend a public or private school)?


  1. Great idea! We really enjoyed reading The Saturdays.

    1. That's one of the (few) books that I gave them that I haven't actually read myself. I'm glad to hear another good review of it!


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