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The Perfect Summer Reading List for Elementary School Readers

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A month ago we featured a summer reading list designed for the youngest readers. But why let them have all the fun? This month, we’re continuing the series to focus on elementary-aged students. At that age, it seems like no book is off limits. Chapter books and beloved series are within reach and lifetime reading habits start forming. Use this summer reading list as a jumping off point to get a feel for your elementary student’s reading taste.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There’s a reason why Where the Wild Things Are has been a classic for the past 50 years. The wonderful story of belonging, and beautiful illustrations, are guaranteed to ignite your child’s imagination.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Another staple of any child’s library, The Giving Tree, demonstrates an albeit extreme but powerful example of generosity and friendship. It provides an opportunity to have a discussion with your young reader about the importance of selflessness and not taking others for granted.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
How many times has your son or daughter complained that they’re “dying of boredom?” Much like the protagonist in this hilarious book, they can discover endless possibilities to pass the time.

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The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
There are 30 titles in the Junie B. Jones series and any one of them can be the perfect introduction to the world of chapter books. The “almost 6-year-old” describes the frustrations and hilarity a young student can have. You can expect to hear a lot of laughter when they’re reading this!

The Boxcar Children series by Gerturde Chandler Warner
This series is just shy of 100 years old, and has over 100 books to choose from. If your child is especially adventurous, they’ll love following these siblings around on their quest to find their grandfather.

The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
This series is an educational adventure that dives into why history and books can be so much fun! Your future historian will get a kick out of the non-fiction companion books as well.

The Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler
Is there anything more empowering to an elementary school reader than a 10-year-old who can solve crimes using nothing more than her photographic memory? Cam Jansen shows that no matter how old you are, you can do something important.

Music of the Dolphins by Karen Hesse
This book has won numerous awards and has a unique formatting that more advanced elementary readers will love. The tone and style changes with the protagonist, providing a first exposure to non-traditional writing styles.

Establishing reading as a summer habit helps curb an encroaching summer slump. Emphasizing literacy is a core component of the Delphi program. To learn more, give Delphi Boston a call.


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