School’s out, so what will the kids do with their free time? After the trips to the pool, a little shopping at the mall and visits to the movie theater, maybe your tween will want to dive into reading. The average tween isn’t necessarily looking to continue learning over summer break, but they may find that reading some popular books is quite entertaining.
Inspire your tween
If you have a tween who needs a little inspiration to open a book, get creative and help make reading fun!
Create a cute and cozy reading corner with just a few items like a soft rug, a few colorful throw pillows, maybe a throw blanket, and fun lamp.
Reward your tween for reading throughout the summer by setting up a reading program. Rewards can be anything from pizza at the end of each week to iTune cards. Tweens love incentives! Your local library likely has a summer reading program too, so be sure to check it out!
Make it a party
Find books that have been turned into films and have a watch party with all the movie fixings once your tween has finished the book.
5 Summer Reads for Tween Girls
Here are some books that your tween will love adding to her summer reading list:
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
Dyslexia is something that some people deal with daily. For Ally, the main character in this fiction story, she thinks her dyslexia makes her dumb. One of her teachers helps her realize her unique situation doesn’t define her and that there is a world full of possibilities.
The Babysitter’s Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin
Classics should be passed down from generation to generation. The Babysitter’s Club series is one that tween girls have loved for a long time. This book is full of tween drama, humor, but most of all friendship.
Funny Girl by Betsy Bird
A group of 25 female writers joined together to create this collection of stories that are sure to have your tween laughing and smiling all summer long. Each story is a about typical tween life but with a comical twist.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Readers of this true story will be inspired by the lives and work of four African-American women who made hugely innovative strides at NASA during the 1950’s and beyond. Readers can also see Hollywood’s interpretation of the story in the award-winning film, Hidden Figures.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The main character in Wonder gives readers an idea of what it’s like to be a kid with facial deformities and seen at school as different. His challenges, yet strength, will inspire and put things into perspective for tween readers.
What books are on your tween’s summer reading list?
This post was contributed by Teri Watters as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Teri on her blog, MommyWifeLife.com.
I think that books made into film is a good idea. If the book is on the school curriculum in respect of study and taking exams then even better to introduce the story to your teen during the summer vacation. You could even flip the idea around and watch the film first and then later do the reading. Teenagers could then analyse how closely the film represents the author’s ideas. Wishing you and the teenagers a wonderful summer break.