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Five Books to Add to Your Child’s Reading List this Summer

April 09 2021

More free time is just around the corner, which means more time for you and the kids to do what you want together. A great way to spend quality family time is to read their favorite books. Here are five must reads for the summer that you can read to your kid or they can read outloud to you! 

#1 Island of the Blue Dolphins By Scott O'Dell

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A summer tale that is inspiring and motivating. A girl named Karana is stranded by herself on an island off the coast of California. Karana then goes on an adventure and learns how to take care of the world around her. 

#2 Max the Mighty By Rodman Philbrick

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Max the Mighty is a classic and teaches children about individuals with disabilities. The main characters, Kevin and Max help each other navigate life with disabilities and the book shows everything they overcome together. 

#3 Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell 

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The book is an innocent love story that shows compassion and how two people can come together through differences. The book is about Eleanor and Park’s bus trips together and how they grow their bond each day. 

#4 Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

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This story is about a young girl named Ha with a father who is missing in Vietnam. Her and her mother travel across the sea to Alabama for safety. The message of the story is that it takes hope and determination to get family through hard times. 

#5 The Thing about Jellyfish By Ali Benjamin 

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A tragedy happens at the beginning of the book and the main character begins to think jellyfish had something to do with it. She then travels the globe to prove her theory right in this adventurous novel. 

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Great stories to read are ones that leave your child wondering or learning about important factors of life. An innocent kid story can go a long way when the message is special. Follow our Pinterest @ivygreis for reading area inspiration and more book recommendations!

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