Summer is HERE! What to Read Next?

Summer is in full swing and hopefully so is your child's reading for the LP Summer Reading Program!

One of the great things about summer is of course travel...and with travel, comes the opportunity to explore independent bookstores in new locations.  Yes, LP Reads really tries to make this part of every trip and often it is such a highlight!  Last summer, we found ourselves in Santa Cruz in the midst of some serious June gloom.  The Boardwalk was only good for so long before we had to beat feet to Bookshop Santa Cruz (and the homemade cookie store just down the street).

Turns out, as with most independent bookstores, the folks at Bookshop really love books - and they hope to share that love with kids through their summer reading program.  Each summer, they make recommendations based on grade level.  Kids read six books and earn various rewards.  While we weren't able to really participate in their official program, their handy dandy bookmarks for the program offered some good ideas about what to read next.  Check out last year's recommendations here.

This year, we have returned again to their website to see what Bookshop's book lovers think would make great summer reads for 2014 and we thought we would pass along those recommendations.  Here are a few starters for you.

For the K-2 set:  Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

For the 3-4th grader set: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George and Earwig and Witch by Diana Wynne Jones and Paul Zelinsky.

And lastly, for the 5-6th grade readers: Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places by Donna M. Jackson and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt.

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