Marshmallow Mondays


Summer Reading

It’s hard to believe that Rydan has just three days left of school.  With school starting here in mid-August, kids get an earlier start to their summer than what Rydan was used to in Pennsylvania.  Today is Field Day, Tuesday is a day off, and then he’ll officially begin summer vacation on Thursday when he steps off the bus at 2:45pm.  I know he is very excited to sleep in, watch Monday Night Raw, visit the community pool, and spend time with his neighborhood friends. 

In the mix of that, I hope to keep his reading skills sharp.  That’s why today I’m sharing a few lists of recommended children’s books, so that you can keep your own bookworms reading over the summer too.

Here’s a great list to start reviewing.  It’s the Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time. How many are in your child’s library?  We have 17 of them, but I’m pretty sure we’ve read almost half of the books on the list.  Rydan brought many of them home from his school library.  This is a really helpful list if you’re looking for some old favorites that you might have forgotten about.  Our personal favorites on this list are Goodnight Moon, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Going To Bed Book, Stellaluna, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, The Runaway Bunny, Rainbow Fish, and Miss Nelson Is Missing.

Next, it’s 75 Books That Build Character. This list is sure to have some new titles to check out, and they’re also great conversation starters about important life lessons.

And though I’m not a very big advocate for entertaining kids with technology instead of playing outside, visiting local attractions, or reading together, I realize that certain forms of technology can be very beneficial to kids.  That’s why I’m sharing this last list, The 40 Best iPad Apps For Young Learners.  As noted in the introduction to this list, “For every Angry Birds there’s an educational game out there to improve your child’s mind.”  These appps do just that.

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