Here are some great books to read before school starts.

And don’t miss the follow-up after you’ve read the book. Just look under the book list to see what to do.


  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey This Caldecott Medal winner is a great book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel a Caldecott Award winner, is one of the best classic picture story books.
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal, a good children’s picture book for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Primary Grade Books

  • Beezus and Ramona – by Beverly Cleary
  • The Big Dipper – by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Blueberries for Sal – by Robert McCloskey

4th – 6th grade

  • The View from Saturday – by E. L. Konigsburg
  • And One for All – by Theresa Nelson
  • Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret – by Judy Blume  

7th – 9th grade  

  • April Morning – by Howard Fast
  • Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Paterson
  • Catherine, Called Birdy – by Karen Cushman

And, after reading the book or reading the books to your children, use page 19 or 21 from  Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills to do a simple book report. This shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes. Then 3 whole punch your book report/record of reading summary and keep it in your family notebook.

At the end of the summer you’ll have a GREAT family memory book as well! 

Summer Activities for Kids

Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET, Board Certified Educational Therapist #10167, is the founder of considered one of the top experts in the country in helping teachers and parents identify their students’ learning difficulties and whether they have a learning disability. 

Remember, with just a few minutes a day you can help your child with their learning skills even if they have a learning problem or a learning disability!

Bonnie Terry