Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Reading for Big Kid Scientists...

 The Science Mommy believes that Kid Scientists should read, or be read to, every day.  Here are some favorite Science Fiction / Fantasy books for Big Kids to consider for summer reading...

The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander...this is a great fantasy adventure story.  Very well written, this would also make a fun bedtime read-aloud.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede...this is the first book in a series.  These books are so funny and well-written you will laugh out loud which means kids will connect reading to fun & entertaining.  One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from the first chapter of this book, "None of your nonsense please".

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle...oh, this is a classic.  The Science Mommy loves Madeleine L'Engle and still remembers being introduced to this book when she was in the 5th grade and meeting the author on more than one occasion! "It was a dark and stormy night..." This is an amazing adventure story through time and space to make a rescue, find a friendship and learn something important! 

Fablehaven by Brandon Kid Scientists have met Brandon Mull and heard him speak about his books.  This is also the first in a series that will leave kids spellbound and hanging on the edge of their seats.  One of the Science Mommy's favorite tricks to getting kids hooked on a book is to read out loud the first book of a series and then make sure the kids have access to the rest of the series.  A well-written book like this one will have them begging for more!  Connar says, "If you like fantasy, you should read this book.  It's very fantastical!"

Books like these can also prompt great conversations.  While visiting the zoo my youngest Kid Scientist wondered where the werewolves if we could see the werewolves.  What fun to have a chat about the difference between real and mythical animals.  Science is everywhere!

The Science Mommy would love to hear about what you're reading this summer.  Any book reviews by Kid Scientists will be posted on The Science Mommy!

3 Science Moms have commented...:

Kylie said...

Thanks for these ideas. I have an 8 (going on 9) year old and I am struggling to kmow what to buy for him, apart from the classics.

Oh and by the way, thank you for using the Sensory Tub Button, what a nice surprise that was. :)

W,C,H said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. My kids love to read and be read to. Just found your blog and expect to be a regular here. Love your science ideas!

butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

I just posted some super fun start with science books we've been reading this week: