Summertime means sunny spaces, quiet hours, open windows, bird calls and insects buzzing, soft breezes in the branches, a beach, a hammock, or a swing -— however, to smart parents summertime also means time with books, reading aloud, or just reading.
Nothing is more supportive of a thorough education than giving children a love of books and opportunities to read widely. In fact summer is the best time to instill the habit of reading by encouraging independent reading skills. A great way to encourage independent reading, even for the reluctant reader, is the family reading aloud in a shared experience of enjoying a book together.
Whatever your family habits might be, a good book list is essential in every home for cultivating the joy of reading. Download this free resource compiled by The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) with recommendations for summer reading for various age levels that will enrich your children.
“Read to me tales about castles and kings. Read to me stories of fabulous things.”Jane Yolen