Thursday, June 4, 2015

summer reading list || Claire

My girl is finishing 1st grade and getting ready for 2nd.  This year, she learned to read.  Like tons of words.  And sentences.  And books.  It's been so amazing to watch her develop this skill.  One that I'm hoping becomes a habit and a love for her.  My mom, my sisters, and I are always trading and recommending books to each other.  I can't wait to do that with my girl!  But for now, I'm hoping to introduce her to some of my favorites from when I was a kid.  I want some that she can totally read on her own.  Some that we can read together, and some that I will mostly read to her.  But this summer...I want to READ!  Outside on a blanket.  In the hammock.  At the beach.  After bath time in jammies before climbing into bed.  First thing in the morning.  In the car.  In Yosemite.  At the library.  Books. Books. Books.

I also know it's going to be a crazy summer...2 VBS's, moving, camping, beach days, play dates.  So. You know...we'll read when we can.  But I've come up with a (short) list of books I'd love to read with my girl this summer.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls-Wilder.  I borrowed these from my younger sister.  At the time, we lived in a log house and people used to always say, "Oh, you're like Laura Ingalls living in this house!"  So I guess it made sense we read the books!  Plus, we loved the show.  We also stopped by the real Laura Ingalls house (I think in Arkansas??) on a cross country road trip, so I remember reading and visualizing the house.  Why yes, I was homeschooled... thanks for asking!
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary.  I LOVED the Ramona books!  I would always run to the section of the library where I knew I could find them and see which ones they had (there are 8).  I read them over and over... I.loved.these.books.
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.  I've had so many students over the years love Junie and I think they're fun books.  I know Claire would love them, too.  They're right at her reading level and are super silly... perfect for my silly girl.

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene.  Do you remember reading these books and loving them? I inherited my mom's vintage Nancy Drew books and LOVED reading them.  I plan to read these to Claire, she'll understand them, but I think they'd be a little hard for her to read to herself.  

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.  This is one that my girl can't wait to read and have read to her.  She's seen the movie several times and totally gets the spiritual connections.  I can't wait to read it, as well.  It's been about 7 years since I read the series.  Have you read them all?  If not, I highly recommend! They're quick and easy and so entertaining!
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.  I read this book 3 years in a row when I taught 3rd grade and it never got old.  Probably partly because I loved all the activities we did as we read and how cute my bulletin boards looked.  Regardless, it's a sweet story.  Claire has seen the movie several times, so it will be fun to read it together.  I'm hoping my girl is one who "loves the book more than the movie!"

What about you?  Do you have any reading goals?  Any kid books you'd recommend for a 7 year old about to enter 2nd grade?  What are some of your favorite childhood books?


Kendra Loisel said...

Oh I love when kids can start reading! It's always so fun to see their faces light up when they figure out a word. I have read some of these but not all. Charlotte's Web was always a favorite growing up!

talesofasoccermom said...

One of chloe's faves is "Emily's Runaway Imagination", and she loved the abridged version of Little Women in 2nd grade!

ashortblonde said...

I LOVE Little House on the Prairie and Ramona (I actually used to listen to them on tape). I also was big into the baby-sitters club books and started with the little sister series.

Amy @ Set Free said...

It's been so crazy to watch her! She really is a great reader (I'm not surprised, she's def a right-brained girl), but it's crazy because it was like she just got it, it hasn't been a struggle at all! She loves reading books I've picked out for her, so I'm hoping we'll have fun reading big girl chapter books this summer. :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Thanks you!! Didn't even think about Little Women! And...are you still homeschooling? I need to pick your brain about it if you are! :)

Amy @ Set Free said...

Oh I LOVED Babysitters Club! I read them over and over. They don't ave them at our library, but I should check Amazon. I could see Claire loving the entire series, including Little Sisters.

talesofasoccermom said...

Yes, still homeschooling! Just finished our 5th yr! Next yr will have 5th grader, 3rd, and kinder. And a two yr old. I'm a little scared. ;)