June 01, 2007

Summer Reading for Kids

If you have a child in 1st-6th grade, they can participate in the Summer Reading Program at B&N. Just go here to get the details and print the reading log.

One of my favorite online sources of kids books is the 1000 Good Books List. Here's how they came up with their choices:

The criteria we used to judge inclusion are: Does the book have literary value? Does the book re-emphasize a Biblical worldview or the Judeo-Christian heritage in some way? Does the book teach, through whatever means, what is moral or just or true? Does the book encourage to love and good works? Does the book exemplify warmth, tenderness, courage, humor, and other values and characteristics that we desire our children to be exposed to? Does the book nourish the intellect and fire the imagination? Does the book cross age barriers to be enjoyed by all?

Another great source of titles for your kids this summer are the Newbery Medal Winners. Or there is the same list but this one includes the honor books as well. Not all winners are for every family so use caution and preread anything you are unfamiliar with.

That should give your children more reading material than they could read in years. But just in case you don't think there are enough titles try the School of Abraham's list of reading lists. If you're a list lover as well as a book lover then you'll be in heaven.

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