Keeping Up with Summer Reading for Tweens

By Jessica Stuebner

I can’t believe it is almost the end of July already and neither can you. Summer has flown by and “back-to-school” time is already looming.  Cue the panic attacks- your tween hasn’t really been keeping up with “summer reading!”

Here are a few good resources in regards to summer reading for tweens.  This is an excellent site that we consulted (NJ school district). 

Being a former elementary school teacher for over a decade, I would say that one of the most, if not THE most, important to reading success is interest. If your child isn’t interested in the book topic, buy and therefore will be hard to achieve. Here are some suggestions for “good reads” for the tween-age group listed by category:

We also really like this list:

Also, keep in mind that reading is “reading” no matter what form it takes. In today’s highly digital world, try to think outside the box in terms of different mediums in which to engage your tween’s literacy.

Here are 10 Examples

  1. Graphic Novels
  2. Store Circulars
  3. Magazines
  4. Websites- Like OURS!
  5. Lists (packing, grocery, recipes or other)
  6. Instruction manuals (hello LEGO!)
  7. Self-written pieces (maybe start a journal)
  8. Store circulars
  9. Food labels
  10. Appropriate blogs

Finally, one of the most important things parents can do to promote reading success in their home is by modeling being a reader themselves. Children learn by watching so be sure to set a good example. It is ALWAYS time to pick up a good book!