Athlos Summer Reading

Summer is a great season to be active and outside, but it can be an easy time to fall out of the habit of reading. Children who develop the habit of reading have been shown to not only retain what they learned at school before summer break, but to be more prepared for the coming school year.

We want our students to be just as active mentally as they are physically during the summer; that’s why the staff at Athlos Academies shared their favorite children’s books below.

The Story of Ferdinand

By Munro Leaf | Grades: K-1

“This story showed me that even when people assume you are one thing (a mean bull), you can prove them wrong and be a bull who just simply loves smelling the flowers.”

The Treasure Tree

By John & Cindy Trent | Grades: K-2

“It was probably my favorite because it portrays animals wearing clothes, exhibiting human characteristics, and having fun. They embark on a treasure hunt, and I love adventure! The book also teaches children about different personality traits and how to embrace your own.”

The Berenstain Bears

By Jan & Stan Berenstain | Grades: K-2

“The Berenstain Bears books are great at helping children make sense of a variety of life events and circumstances, such as introducing new siblings in the family, dealing with bullying, moving towns, and resolving conflict with others.”

Love You Forever

By Robert Munsch | Grades: 1-2

“It hits the heart strings!”

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

By Beatrix Potter| Grades: 1-2

“Well, his name is Peter and I think his mischievousness rubbed off on me from all the times I read it as a child.”

The Book With No Pictures

By B.J. Novak | Grades: 2-3

“It’s my favorite book for the same reason it’s my two boys’ favorite book; the reader has to say some downright ridiculous things. It’s best read with a ton of energy. The book indeed has no pictures, but is full of words like BLORK and Ba-Dooongy Face and Blaggity-Blaggity. The reader has to state that their only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named BOO BOO BUTT. Can a book get any better than this? I’m afraid not.”

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein | Grades: 2-3

“It’s my favorite, because it taught me to not take things for granted!”

Wayside School is Falling Down

By Louis Sachar | Grades: 3-4

“[The book is] a bunch of silly short stories about students and school staff with entertaining characters and laugh-out-loud moments.”

My Side of the Mountain

By Jean Craighead George | Grades: 4-6

“One of my all-time favorite books growing up and one I would recommend highly was My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. The book tells the adventure of a teenager tired of the city life who abandons the traditional to live on his own in the wild of the Catskill mountainside. What I loved about this book was the ability to live vicariously through the main character’s experiences and his reflections on solitude. The survival element was intriguing and the connections he made to the wilderness and animal life around him were fascinating. This is a wonderful book for students ages 9-12 who love the wilderness, outdoors, animals, and adventure.”

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle | Grades: 5-6

“I loved these books as a kid, because they would put reality and physics into a blender and then paint something amazing with it. The whole series really made you think outside the box and inspired me to learn how to write my own stories.”