It used to be easy to get my daughter to read a book – especially if I was the one reading it to her. But as she’s gotten older there are more and more distractions to pull her away from reading. Summer is the perfect time to reinvigorate your child’s love of reading or help them learn to love it if they still don’t. If you have difficulty finding books that your tween or teen would be interested in, here are a few suggestions as well as some sites that can help you help them pick out their next favorite book.


life as we knew it
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
My daughter picked up life as we knew it when she was home sick with strep and spent the rest of the afternoon engrossed. It is the story of what happens when a meteor collides with the moon and alters the earth’s climate. Told from the point of view of Miranda, a teenage girl, through her journal entries, the book details her and her family’s struggle to survive during an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.


The Glass Sentence
By S.E. Grove
Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and map-makers. She has been living with her brilliant, absent minded uncle since her parents disappeared 8 years ago but when he’s kidnapped, it’s up to her and a new friend to find her uncle and save the world.


By Garth Nix
Princess Anya and her sister have been living under the rule of their evil stepfather. When she finds out he’s plotting to kill them, so he can rule the kingdom, she decides to go on the run to save her live but ends up saving the fate of her people. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt and some fun-loving wizards, she undertakes her quest with energy and compassion while gaining new friends all along the way.


Addison Cooke and The Treasure of the Incas
By Jonathan W. Stokes
Addison Cooke and his friends have to find three Incan keys and three ancient clues to uncover a long-lost treasure. Along the way they run into a shadowy band of thieves, a river full of crocodiles, a cave full of booby traps and a Russian assassin named Teeth and attend a crazy wedding and one epic car chase. Billed as a great book for kids who love Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books, my daughter is definitely looking forward to reading this one this summer.


A Possibility of Whales
By Karen Rivers
This heartfelt story of 12-year-old Natalia Rose Baleine Gallagher follows her on a journey of self-discovery as she makes new friends and explores her new home and dreams of meeting her faraway mother. After she and her movie star dad move to a new beach home to get away from the paparazzi, she hopes this one will be permanent and that she’ll have the chance to make new friends and maybe see some whales.


If you’re looking for more suggestions of books that your tween or teen will love, goodreads has a list of the top 100 books children should read while they are in middle school. You could also check out We are Teachers which has a list of the best books to teach to middle school students.
If your child is still reluctant about cracking a book during summer break, try to think of ways to make it more fun. We hosted a book club one summer and the parents reported that the kids in the group were eager to read the book for the month because they didn’t want to miss out on the party. No matter how you encourage your child, if you can help them learn to love reading, it will be something that will benefit them throughout their life. Everyone needs to take a break from the hustle and bustle of their day and escape from the worries of their life. Kids can become bogged down thinking about the changes going on with them, their body, and the world around them and sometimes being able to escape in a good book is just what they need.

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