If you’re a parent, you’re probably starting to look for ways to occupy your kids this summer. Or maybe you want to make time for some hobbies. Reading a good book is a relaxing, mind-building activity that everyone can enjoy. For readers of all levels, great options are available for summer reading.
Teen Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Many teens ages 13 to 18 are starting to gravitate to the young adult levels. And within that age range, nothing is perhaps as popular as the fantasy and sci-fi genres. For instance, it’s common to see compelling new stories about witches, wizards, and people with mystical powers.
If your teen is interested in these types of stories, there is no shortage of options to choose from. Some popular titles include “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibanez, “Legendborn” by Tracy Deonn, and “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor. Your teen may also want to take a look at “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown or “Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland.
Young Adult Adventure and Mystery
However, not everyone is into fantasy and sci-fi. For those in this category who still want an exciting read, there are some good options in the adventure and mystery arena. Firstly, there is a wide range of titles to choose from, including “Girl, Stollen” by April Henry, “Cherub” by Robert Muchamore, and “Wolf by Wolf” by Ryan Graudin. “The Fixer” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen McManus will give your teen reader plenty of reasons to read this summer.
Historical Fiction for Teens
Furthermore, for those teens who like something a little more realistic with a little twist of fiction, this genre is a great choice. For example, “Rebel Spy” by Veronica Rossi and “Code Talker” by Joseph Bruchac will be difficult for teens to put down this summer.
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Books for Younger Kids
Often, it can be challenging for parents of younger kids to find interesting, age-appropriate books. If your child loves to read, or if you are trying to spark that interest, you have some viable options this summer. Kids ages 6 and 7 should enjoy “Friends Do Not Eat Friends” by Jill Esbaum and “Big Cat” by Ethan Long. For those ages 7 and 8, try “Cat Ninja” by Matthew Cody. Kids in the 8- to 9-year-old age range may love “Zita the Spacegirl” by Ben Hatke. There are plenty of other choices for kids who will be entering grades 1–8 this fall.
These are just a few of the many possibilities this summer for exciting new books. Start checking them out today. Who knows, you may even discover a new genre that you hadn’t explored before.
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