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Bridgeway’s 2024 Summer Reading List Pt. 2

by Megan Day | Jul 09, 2024 | 5 min read

Explore the world of possibilities and allow your child’s imagination to roam free with fascinating new books this summer. Whether you’re on a road trip or simply enjoying some well-deserved leisure time, books from Bridgeway’s 2024 summer reading list can spark creativity offering fresh perspectives for you and your child. Empower your student to make summer unforgettable with a new book that opens their minds to a new world of possibilities.

Here are books fresh off the press, or published within the last five years to add to your child’s 2024 summer reading list.

Early Elementary Kindergarten – 2nd

The Silver Lining This children’s book follows a cloud on a quest to understand its cloud type. Through a scientific journey highlighting different cloud types, the little cloud learns an important lesson: no matter what type of cloud you are, as long as you do your best, that’s good enough. Add The Silver Lining to your early elementary student’s summer reading list for a lesson on self-acceptance.

His Grace is Enough – A fun illustration book that shows children the mercy and grace of God. His Grace is Enough has colorful rhymes and showcases the comical antics of children. This book will resonate with your young reader as they begin to grow in their faith and realize that no matter how much they mess up, they can always turn to God.

Stop and Smell the Cookies – Do you have a young reader with self-regulation challenges? Stop and Smell the Cookies is a beautifully illustrated book that follows a young boy named Dash who acts out his impulses, like speaking loud in quiet places or randomly karate chopping his dinner instead of eating it. Dash is a great kid; he just needs to slow down, stop, and smell the cookies. With techniques to help your child be present and regulate their impulses, you’ll want to add this to your 2024 summer reading list.

Memory Jars Memory Jars tells the story of a young girl, Freda, who wants to savor delicious blueberries until next year. She realizes that if she saves them in a jar to make jam, she can preserve them for much longer. She then tries to put all her favorite things in a jar until she realizes that maybe her memory is the best safe keep.

Advanced Elementary

Franklin Endicott and the Third Key Franklin Endicott and the Third Key is a great transition from picture books to chapter books for beginners. It’s about a young boy named Franklin who worries a lot. He accompanies his friend on an errand to replace a key and faces new worries and anxieties in a thrift shop. Join Franklin as he learns to manage worries that are beyond his control.

Squished: A Graphic Novel –  In this hilarious graphic novel, eleven-year-old Avery struggles to find her space in a family of nine. With a quest to finally get her own room, or at least not have to share one with her younger siblings, she develops a conniving plan to take what she believes is rightfully hers. Join Avery on her adventures as she fights for her own space in a large family while juggling her academics and social life.

The Misfits – Do you have a child who feels like they don’t fit in? Well, they aren’t alone. In this captivating tale of The Misfits, every child can find a character with whom they can identify. Add The Misfits to your summer reading list to embark on this tale of a crime-fighting gang of preteens who use their natural talents to bring justice to their school and community.

Middle School

Alone – Children begin to explore more mature themes in their reading in middle school. In this thought-provoking, easy-to-read chapter book, twelve-year-old Maddie prepares for a sleepover, only to wake up alone with no internet or any form of communication. This book is excellent for middle school students as it provides an opportunity for self-reflection, and they get a chance to think about how they would respond if they woke up and the world they know and love was completely different.

National Park Mystery –Encourage your middle school student to go on an adventure with the books they read. Any book from the National Park Mystery Series is a great option. Your reader can follow Jake and his friends on missions into some of the world’s most famous national parks to discover mysteries and use their wit to escape danger. Add this book to your summer reading list for your adventurous middle school student.

Restart  –  Most middle school students want a chance to reinvent themselves, but it’s a reality for Chase. After a hard fall causes him to lose his memory, he goes on a journey of self-discovery to figure out what kind of friend and student he was. He has a decision to make: will he let his amnesia give him the boost he needs to turn over a new leaf, or will he revert to his old ways as he gains his memory? Add Restart to your 2024 summer reading list to give your middle school student a new perspective.

High School

Humble Pi Humble Pi is an excellent book for high school students to learn about some of society’s most costly miscalculations. This gives the readers the freedom to feel better about their own mistakes in math and in everyday life. Encourage your teenager to read Humble Pi so they’ll remember that no one is right all of the time, not even the experts.

The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School – High school can be very stressful for teens; even homeschooled students experience overwhelmed and stress. The average teen can feel overwhelmed by insecurities such as low self-esteem, extracurricular activities, family commitments, and thinking about their future after high school. These stresses can sometimes lead to damaging behaviors. The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School features personal stories from various authors who share their own struggles with insecurities and how turning to Jesus helped them find healing.

Tell Me What Really Happened  A murder mystery your high school student will enjoy. With new discoveries that will leave them on the edge of their seat, they can work with the detective in the story to solve what happened to a high school student in town.

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women’s Olympic Team  – Published in 2020, Fast Girls takes the reader through the journey of what it was like to compete in the Olympics during a time of civil unrest in America and Europe. Rising above societal expectations for women and minorities, explore how three fast girls defied the odds while America and Europe were on the brink of World War II. In this novel, readers see the untold stories of the voiceless and are challenged to consider how simply being born in the right place at the right time affords a multitude of opportunities.

This summer, get your child excited about reading and help them realize that the most fun happens within the walls of their imagination. Unleash the magic of reading and ignite your child’s imagination with exciting new stories and adventures from Bridgeway’s 2024 summer reading list. You can even make it competitive.

Join our July reading contest!  Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to enter.

  1. Have your student read one of the books listed above or their favorite novel.
  2. Tag @BridgewayHomeschool on Facebook or Instagram with your student holding the book in a photo or video for their names to be entered in the contest.
  3. Cross your fingers, and stay tuned for the grand prize winner to be announced on August 9th!

Reading sparks imagination and challenges us to see the world with a fresh lens, and we want to reward those who dare read!

 

Megan Day
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