Keep Your Mind Sharp with Summer Reading

What are your teens summer days like? Hopefully, they include all things sunshine while hanging out with friends but does summer also include some good reading? Unfortunately, sometimes summer can cause some loss in skills and knowledge over the long and lazy days of summer. There are many benefits to including some good books during these sunny months.

The more time spent reading, the more information they learn which in effect helps build their vocabulary, comprehension skills, all which might actually be a help on the verbal section when it comes time to take college admissions tests. Reading books by great authors will also help them see how different writers are able to put down in words their thoughts which will help with their own writing skills.

Reading biographies will help students have an inside look at some of the people they are studying in history class. Books about places near and far helps open students minds to new locations, cultures, and people from around the world.

How can we make sure to encourage reading this summer?


Have them choose their own books-

An occasional book recommendation is fine but now is the perfect time to let students pursue their own interests in what they read. Also, along with that, let them choose their preferred reading format. Do they like a digital reader more or do they prefer the smell and feel of a paper book?  


Audiobooks can be helpful with students who have reading disabilities and allow them to listen to stories that would otherwise be too difficult for them to read but that they are able to understand. Audiobooks can also enable a student to enjoy other activities, like drawing, while still enjoying a book.

Books Versus Movies-

There are numerous books that have been made into movies, even classics novels. Listed below are two lists of movie/books, even one for your younger children. Both lists have movies and books for readers of all ages!

Kids Movie/Reading Challenge

Teen Movie/Reading Challenge

Graphic Novels-

This doesn’t necessarily mean the comic books many of us grew up with although there is a place for them too. You can find a graphic novel version of about any classic as well as other areas of interest. This is a great option for a reluctant reader or even a visual learner to spark their interest into great literature or just reading something for the pure fun of it! Here’s a fun graphic novel for teens that includes a homeschooled character in it- Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Have your student peruse these book lists for something that might spark their interest this summer!

Top 5 Tween/Teen Books by Grade

A Dozen Books that Make Us Human

3 Dozen Books For Fun in the Sun

College-Bound Reading List

21 Must Read Books to Prepare for Life

20 Books to Encourage Your Homeschool Entrepreneur



Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

June 21, 2019


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