by Lacy Compton
Growing up, I was a big fan of the summer reading challenges at my local library--checking out stacks of books at a time and filling up as many preprinted sheets with my "Books I've Read" lists as I could. I can admit, years later, that far too many of the books on my list were easy reads--not nearly as challenging as what I should have been reading each summer.
If you're a parent of a gifted reader with no clue where to start to find him or her new, challenging books this summer, here are a few websites to help:
- ALSC Summer Reading List
- Scholastic Summer Challenge
- Boston Public Schools Summer Stuff 2013
- Reading Rockets' 2013 Big Summer Read
I also happily recommend two of the latest titles to reach my current "read" list (yes, I still keep a list of what I've read each year as an adult):
- for middle grade readers, A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (a sarcastic, kid-narrated "true" telling of Hansel and Gretel); and
- for young adult readers, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (a tender, sweet story of two outcast teens who find friendship and young love while sharing 80s punk music and comic books on the bus ride home).