Many parents hold fond memories of the excitement that filled their children’s faces while listening to their nightly read alouds. Nonetheless, for most, those shared storytimes became less frequent, and reading transitioned into an independent activity. However, there’s no reason why you can’t reclaim such a cherished pastime. Here are three classic books to add to your family’s summer reading list.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (For ages 4 and up)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) is the perfect children’s book for nighttime reading. Author, Shel Silverstein, pens page after page of relatable and witty poetry that is sure to bring your children’s imagination to life. This literary classic separates itself from most other children’s books by pairing black and white illustrations with its 130 poems. The subjects range from thought-provoking to heart-warming, with some even earning the distinction of downright silly. One thing’s for certain, no matter which page you land on, the whole family is sure to enjoy this timeless read-aloud.
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (For ages 7 and up)
With Freckle Juice (1971), New York Times bestselling author, Judy Blume, delivers a good-humored tale about the art of self-confidence. In it, Andrew Marcus, the story’s protagonist, is convinced that his life would be infinitely better, if only he had freckles. In utter desperation, he buys a fellow classmate’s recipe for a repugnant freckle-generating potion. Needless to say, the events that transpire are not exactly what Andrew had in mind. Children and adults alike will find Andrew’s journey to self-discovery to be both endearing and humorous. Thanks to Blume’s masterful storytelling, your family will experience every emotion right along with the book’s characters, making Freckle Juice a story to remember.
The Giver by Lois Lowry (For ages 12 and up)
Newbery Medal winner, The Giver (1993), is a young-adult-targeted, dystopian novel that details mature topics in a coming-of-age story about twelve-year-old Jonas. While living in a colorless community of uniformity, he learns that he is destined to become the sole recipient of his town’s historical memories. Readers will follow Jonas as he discovers his community’s dark truth and wrestles with his resulting crisis of consciousness. Teens and parents will get sucked into Lois’ rich narrative, making it a thrilling summer read.
Your children will never be too old to cuddle up and enjoy a good book with the family. Reading together can lead to teachable moments, shared laughs, and closer bonds. So round up the kids and use this list of classic books to start your summer reading off right.