Summer Reading for Tweens
7/9/2012 3:28:00 PM
As many parents know all too well, with summer vacation frequently comes dreaded “summer slide,” where “it is estimated that school summer breaks…cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction.”* That’s quite a backtrack, if you ask me. This is especially prominent in that “middle grade” or tween age range, roughly 9-12, when interest in reading begins to decline for many kids, especially boys. So, how can you keep your tween’s reading on track this summer? Start with this list.
In my day job, I spend a lot of time working with teachers, librarians, and book bloggers. Recently, I put a request out to all my well-read librarian and teacher colleagues, asking for their best summer reading recommendations. I asked everyone to focus on titles that were published within the past few years, as I believe parents tend to gravitate to many of the classics without much prompting (books like Bridge to Terabithia, The Giver, Holes, etc.), so I figured a longer list of newer titles would be more helpful. I’ve compiled these suggestions and listed them for you here. Everything is divided up by genre and is appropriate for kids in the 9-12 year old age range. Happy browsing!
* The Importance of Summer Reading, NYSED.gov