Monday, March 30, 2015

The 2015 Summer Reading Challenge List

Howdy. We're going into year 3 of this summer reading challenge, and this year I'm having to change things a little bit just because of how our summer is shaping up. There are several weeks where one or more of the kids will be gone, so we're working around all those schedules. We are also planning to skip one week which can be used to catch up if necessary. 

We're going into summer with a goal of 10 weeks of reading this time. Again, all books or stories chosen have been made into movies at least once. The kids have all given me input this time around as far as what they would like to read.

Fortunately, we already own most of these books, but I wanted to give anyone who wants to also participate a chance to get them or find them before summer begins. Many of the classics are available as ebooks for free download or to borrow from electronic libraries. I also tend to stalk the used book stores for the ones still missing in our collection. Libraries carry them all, but the timing may be difficult if you are going to try to keep pace with us as we go through the summer.

What I do is give you the list (and the week each book is assigned to) ahead of time. At the beginning of the week, I will remind you (via my Facebook page), which book we are reading. I encourage reading aloud, taking turns, depending on the ages and fluency of your children.

Two years ago, my oldest daughter took off like a rocket in her reading comprehension and level after the summer. Last year, my younger daughter did the same. This is an absolutely wonderful way to foster a love of reading.

At the end of each week, I will open up a discussion on the book on my page. We generally try to watch the films sometime during the weekend, prior to starting the next book. I will make information available on where to find the films for the lowest cost on my Facebook page as well.

In addition to this list, we will also be reading poetry by Emily Dickinson throughout the summer. 

Here is the 2015 list, dates are the Monday of the week we will begin each book.

June 1 ~ Grimms' Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince most likely, possibly more of them if we have time)

June 8 ~ Old Yeller, Fred Gipson

June 15 ~ Paper Towns, John Green (the film is set to be released in July) ***

June 22 ~ Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe (Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and The Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, possibly more) ***

June 29 ~ break

July 6 ~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupěry

July 13 ~ The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

July 20 ~ Midsummer Night's Dream, MacBeth, Julius Ceasar, William Shakespeare

July 27 ~ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

August 3 ~ Night, Elie Wiesel

August 10 ~ Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

*** These two weeks will be spent reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling with the younger kids instead of the other books

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