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A Little Light Summer Reading List (For A Former Kindergartner)

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We are getting ready for summer around here!

Planning for a move in early summer means no making big vacation plans or promises to the kids of specific activities like play dates or swim lessons. All is not lost, though! We can totally plan some books to read.

Haven is graduating from Kindergarten next month (I don’t remember graduating elementary school levels when I was a kid…) and is an avid reader. Since she learned to read, the independence has made it her very favorite thing to do. We try to embrace it, and we really want her to excel even further over the summer. So, this summer we are doing a Kindergarten version of a Summer Reading Challenge! Let’s get our book on!

Summer Reading Challenge, Kindergarten Version! | Painting Sunny

Here is what we’re planning to read, so far. Keep in mind, this is in addition to the many little books we normally read before bed or on the weekends, that are quick easy reads. This challenge is focused on some chapter books and series, which I’m hoping will keep our interest up and challenge the girl’s vocabulary. Our initial list is below, sorted by “Reading Together Time” books which would mean a grown-up reading them aloud (she isn’t quite up to reading those on her own, yet) and “Independent Reading Time” books that she could read through a chapter by herself, or with just a little help on tough spots. Her grandmother is an expert in these things (2nd grade teacher and literacy advocate) so some suggestions came from there… and probably so will some copies of the books.

Reading Together Time

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (at least the first book)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (I already own all the books, so we will go for the whole series since they are short)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (at least the first book)

Independent Reading Time

Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus (some of the series)

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne (some of the series)

Cam Jansen Series by David A. Adler (some of the series)

The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (some of the series)

I’ve never actually read any Harry Potter myself, so that will be new to me! I’ve been warned to stick with the first couple books and see how things go, as it gets a little scarier and advanced for a kid as the storyline moves along. I’m very excited to read with her some of my own childhood favorites, such as Little House on the Prairie and anything by Frances Hodgson Burnett!

Haven’s kindergarten teacher also recommends reading the same simple and quick books over and over, so we will do that too. I’ll have her pick a few favorites beforehand, and will make sure they are out in a prominent place so she is likely to pick them up regularly.

Grandma June also suggested the online system MobyMax, as a tool to keep her learning over the summer and prepping for next year – Haven loves doing those sort of activities which are “games” to her, so I think that will be a great option too!

Any suggestions for rewards/incentives as we finish books? Would rewarding books with more books be too obsessive? Any other books you all can recommend my adding to the lists? Does Harry Potter get scary?

PS: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, and I have not received compensation for anything written. Links to products on Amazon may be affiliate links. Keepin’ it real.


Author: Dani @ Painting Sunny

Hi there! I'm Dani, and it's lovely to meet you. My little family just moved to the quaint little college-town of Ithaca, NY and are loving it. Come hang out with me and talk about food, books, art, and other odd little things.

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