As a child, I spent summer vacations visiting my father in Florida, far from my mom and friends in New York City. Out of my regular school year routine, I mostly hung out with my dad and his extended family, went to the beach, and made near-daily trips to the library or one of the second-hand bookstores nearby to stock up on anything that looked even remotely appealing.
Summer reading is its own special and wonderful thing for kids. I know that plenty of schools create reading lists for their students and there’s camps and classes and family trips, too, but as someone with powerful memories of hours spent on my porch swing reading and eating orange juice popsicles, I hope there will be time for kids to read the stories they want during their free time.
If your child needs some fresh ideas, check out Twenty by Jenny. Broken down by age group, children’s book expert Jenny Brown suggests 20 classics for each audience. She also has a newsletter with new picks every month. Twenty by Jenny is handy if you’re in the habit of buying books for birthday gifts, too.