We all know it’s good for our children to read over summer, but do we know why? Most children, especially young children, experience what is called “summer brain drain.” It’s a phenomenon that essentially makes your child forget instruction that they have already learned. Summer brain drain can erase up to three months of instruction over a single summer.
One of the most effective ways to prevent summer brain drain and continue your child’s learning over summer is to have them read. Reading a few books over summer is essential to your child’s overall educational advancement.
Take your child to the local library – many of which have summer reading programs – to pick out books to read over the summer. A summertime theme may keep them interested in reading, so talk to the librarian about books that focus on summer activities and ideas. We have compiled a list of a few books for summer reading.
Kindergarten Reading List
If your soon-to-be kindergartener does not know how to read, you can read-aloud or read along with them.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
- The Animal by Lorna Balian
First Grade Reading List
- If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
- Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
- Too Many Toys by David Shannon
Second Grade Reading List
- Henry and Mudge stories by Cynthia Rylant
- Nate the Great series by Marjorie W. Sharmat
- Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel
Third Grade Reading List
- Math is CATegorical series by Brian P. Clearly
- The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
- Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Jones
Fourth Grade Reading List
- Gully’s Travels by Tor Seidler
- Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series by Anne Mazer
- Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne