Summer Reading Sparklers for 4th of July
By Barbara Bietz — Parents are advised to encourage their kids to read during the summer break.
In all fairness, it can be hard to get kids interested in reading on long lazy days. Try focusing on a relevant summer topic – like the Fourth of July! There are terrific book selections for every age group.
LIKE A MACCABEE
Like A Maccabee – This middle-grade chapter book tells the story of Ben, a 10-year-old boy who is gearing up for a championship soccer game while adjusting to the changes in his family that have occurred since his grandfather moved in. Ben faces challenges at school, including the bully from the opposing soccer team, and frustrations at home.
A board book format perfect for pre-schoolers, Corduroy celebrates Independence Day with his friends. The festivities include a picnic, games, swimming and a parade! The traditional fun ends with a fireworks show. Corduroy is the perfect character to introduce the Fourth of July to the youngest readers.
Happy Birthday, Americaby Mary Pope Osborne and Peter Catalanotta
Early readers will enjoy the illustrated story of a good old fashioned 4th of July; a wonderful celebration of American life, including interesting author’s notes. The illustrations offer newly independent readers plenty of a colorful context to keep their interest. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday in such a traditional way, it no doubt represents an aspect of American tradition.
The Case of the July 4th Jinx (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) (Milo and Jazz Mysteries) Lewis B. Montgomery and Amy Wummer
The Milo and Jinx series is perfect summer reading for older elementary kids. If your reader likes mysteries, check out the whole series. The Case of the July 4th Jinx features friends Milo and Jazz, along with private eye Dash Marlowe. When things go awry on the 4th of July, they work together to solve the mystery. Perfect summer fun reading and includes mind bending puzzles for young sleuths.
Julie’s Journey: 1974 (American Girl) Megan McDonald
From the American Girl Series, Julie’s Journey takes readers back in time to 1970’s, to celebrate America’s Bicentennial. Julie and her family participate in wagon train to celebrate this important time in history. There is plenty of action and adventure. Like all the American Girl books, historical information and photographs are included, bringing an important event in history to life for readers.
The right books will keep kids reading all summer long! Pour a tall glass of lemonade and crack open a book. Be sure to check your local library for age appropriate reading programs, too.