Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summertime Reading for Children of All Ages

Summer is a great time to encourage kids to spend time reading. Not only is it entertaining but studies have shown that over the summer months, students typically lose many of the reading skills that they have worked so hard to gain throughout the school year. Parents can prevent this by making sure that there are plenty of opportunities to read. There are a lot of great books out there too that are not only exciting adventures but wonderful messages as well.

Friend and newly published author, Martha Orlando has a trilogy that is just out this spring.  If you want a young adult book that is packed with action, humor and inspiration, you can't beat A Trip, A Tryst and a Terror, Children of the Garden and the newest one soon to be out,  The Moment of Truth.

My friend Erin Casey, editor of Success magazine, has penned two terrific young adult books in her Zany Zia Hats To Where series. In the first book, An All Knight Adventure, Evan Tanner is transported to a castle in the middle ages where he conquers his fears in order to battle dragons and bullies. In Lost in Comanche Country, Marianna bravely navigates between Indian warriors, hungry mountain lions and cowboys out for revenge, while learning that despite all our differences we still have much in common if we will but take the time to get to know each other. For more information check out the Zany Zia website here. 

Jordan Crowl, author of Ed's Journal is a talented author and illustrator who has written a series of character education books which allow the reader to determine possible choices and consequences.  These books make for great discussions between children and parents, as well as a wonderful lesson too. He's written several but here are a couple of my favorites:

Finally, I just have to mention my own series of books about Wyatt the Wonder Dog.  In the first book, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns About Good Manners, Wyatt learns what to do about a bossy friend who doesn't use his manners. In the second book, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns About Being Organized, Wyatt learns how to plan ahead and organize his day, a skill that I've had many adults tell me they need to develop as well!  In the most recent book, Wyatt the Wonder Dog Goes to Kindergarten, Wyatt learns that adjusting to change can often be very rewarding.  All the books are available on amazon.com  and I have included affiliate links.  Curious about the next Wyatt book that will be out soon this year?  Follow our progress on the Wyatt site.  Happy Summertime Reading!

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