I just love talking with kids about books and helping them find the right book to read. It can open up a whole new world to them. Now with summer here, I’ve gotten some requests for summer reading lists for Team Possible families. So, I thought I would share ten goals that I have for my family and resources to support reaching them. I hope you and your family will find these reading goals and books lists helpful. Let me know if you do and what goals you accomplish. And, if you have a book to add to these lists, please share it with me.
Goal #1: To read a book with a main character who is differently abled.
Young Readers- Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes
Middle Readers- Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusty Bowling
Older & Parent Readers- The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Goal #2: To read a book with a main character from a culture different than my own.
This year our family will focus on Malala Yousafzai and her courage to create change for girls in her community and around the world.
Middle Readers- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai or The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader’s Edition by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
Older & Parent Readers- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai or The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
Other Book Lists- Coretta Scott King Awards Book List, Pura Belpre Award Book List, South Asia Book Award Book List, American Indian Library Association Book Award List , Children’s Book Council Diverse Kids & YA Lit Book Lists
Goal #3: To read a book with interesting facts about my world.
Yes, my kids and I love to snuggle up at bedtime and travel the world by reading a world atlas. It is so fun to learn about different countries and the language, economy, landscape and more. Give it a try. No packing or tickets required for this trip.
Young Readers- National Geographic Kids Beginner’s World Atlas
Middle Readers- National Geographic Kids World Atlas
Older & Parent Readers- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We Are Wrong About the World by Hans Rosling
Goal #4: To read a book about an issue that is important to me.
Starting a new job at a all women’s undergraduate university, I felt compelled to learn more about women’s issues and empowerment. The books listed here have helped me, my students, and my daughter thrive. They have also helped me find ways to talk with my husband and sons about gender equity issues. I encourage you to follow your passion and share it with your family.
Young Readers- I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong
Middle Readers- Confidence Code for Girls by Katy Kay & Claire Shipman
Older & Parent Readers- Confidence Code by Katy Kay & Claire Shipman
Mom Readers- A Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates (A MUST READ!)
Other Book Lists- A Mighty Girl website
Goal #5: To read a book by a local author.
Living in New England, we are surrounded by many amazing local authors. We have children’s literature icons like Eric Carle and Jane Yolen. We also have rising authors like Jarrett Krosoczka who is breaking new ground. He is the focus of my local author list.
Young Readers- Punk Farm on Tour by Jarrett Krosoczka
Middle Readers- Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett Krosoczka
Older & Parent Readers- Hey, Kiddo! By Jarrett Krosoczka
Other Book Lists- SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Book List
Goal #6: To read a book with a main character who learns differently than me.
Young Readers- The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca
Older & Parent Readers- Focused by Alyson Gerber
Other Book Lists- Schneider Family Book Award
Goal #7: To read a non-fiction graphic novel about women in science, a historical event that is surprising, or one that simply interests me.
Young Readers- I Am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer (Note: More of a hybrid text with word bubbles than a graphic novel)
Middle Readers- Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty
Older & Parent Readers-Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani
Other Book Lists- Albris Best Selling Non-Fiction Graphic Novels
Goal #8: To read a book written in verse.
Young Readers- Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
Middle Readers- Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Older & Parent Readers- Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Other Resource: Listen and watch children’s poets read their own work at No Water River: A Children’s Poetry Place
Goal #9: To read a book that has won an award or was recommended by a friend.
(Most books on this list are award-winning, and I hope you count me as a friend. Hence, this goal should be easy to achieve.)
Goal #10: To share a book that I read with a friend because reading connects us.
Now, go set some goals, read, and keep believing in the possible!