Now that school is out, your kids have all of this free time to lounge around. Instead of watching TV or playing video games all day, hand them a good, old-fashioned book. Here are some of IKO Community Management’s favorite summer reads for all ages:
For your elementary school child:
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony: This children’s book is perfect for those younger kids who need to brush up on their manners – especially if they want some doughnuts from the most polite Mr. Panda.
Oliver & Patch by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley: This story follows a lonely boy and a lost dog happily making their way through the big city – a great and relatable read for parents and kids who have moved into a new place.
The New Small Person by Lauren Child: This book begins with Elmore Green as an only child with his own space for his precious Jelly Bean collection. Then one day, Elmore isn’t the only beloved child in the house anymore. Welcome, Small Person. Lauren Child captures the wonder, affection and curiosity that come with the arrival of a new sibling.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson: CJ and his grandmother take a bus ride through their town so he can understand and appreciate the beauty in culture and diversity. This eye-opening book comes with vibrant pictures and a message to accept and embrace differences in the world.
For your preteen:
Driven by Emotions by Disney Publishing: This light-hearted book is part of a series named after Pixar’s latest box office smash Inside Out. Each chapter perfectly captures the easily relatable emotions of anger, joy, fear, disgust and sadness through the mind of 11-year-old Riley. You can also pick up Inside Out: Box of Mixed Emotions, Sadly Ever After?, Inside Out Read-Along Storybook and CD, and Lava.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper: This tale of spunky, intelligent 11-year-old Melody will inspire your kids as they read about her overcoming social challenges due to cerebral palsy. This award-winning book teaches kids not to define others by their disabilities or outer appearance.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein: If you loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, share this nod with your preteen as 12 sixth-graders are plopped into a futuristic library for a night. They must decipher clues and unravel secrets to find the hidden escape route. Full of humor and suspense, this fast-paced novel will leave your child’s imagination running wild.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: This 1961 classic is a staple in middle schools nationwide. The story follows Milo, who travels to the worlds of Dictionopolis, a land of words, and Digitopolis, a land of numbers, in an electric car. This must-read emphasizes learning, friendship and bravery and will teach your child new wordplay with every page.
For your young adult:
Golden Son by Pierce Brown: Young adult fiction is spreading like wildfire thanks to series like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. Now we welcome The Red Rising Trilogy. Following the first book, Red Rising, Golden Sun follows rebellious Darrow, a miner on Mars, as he continues to wage war in an attempt to change the fate of humankind for the better.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman: From the best-selling author of If I Stay comes the story of Cody, a small town girl who tries to solve the mystery behind her best friend’s suicide. This fictional tale of love, determination and redemption in the face of unspeakable loss is enough for your kid to get lost in the pages.
Mosquitoland: A Novel by David Arnold: “I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.” Have your child follow brilliant Mim Malone as she travels on Greyhound from Mississippi to Ohio, where she meets some interesting characters along the way.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: This story follows charismatic Frankie, who is determined on making a difference in her rich, all-male boarding school. A tale of feminism and forward thinking, this book will empower your child as Frankie proves that girls are not to be dismissed.
Remember: these are only a few of our favorites. There are millions of books in the world, and a ton of them can be found at your local libraries and bookstores. So, drop the remote and start turning pages. From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy reading season!