Don’t hit the pause button on your child’s reading skills this summer. Browse our selection of recommended books for children from pre-school through to secondary from the librarians at schools in Singapore.
As parents, we don’t just want our children to read – we want them to read for pleasure. The long summer vacation is an ideal time to help develop your child’s lifelong love for reading and improve their language and literacy skills.
Whether it’s self-directed reading or parent-child read aloud, it will help to avoid the so-called summer slide. Studies show that children can lose up to two months’ of reading performance over the summer months, and research suggests that the unstructured activity of reading for fun will do more to keep children’s minds sharp and engaged than weeks of maths and science holiday homework.
"Summer reading should be an essential part of holidays as it helps improve the students' reading capabilities, improves the vocabulary and reading speed as well.
"Reading should be a part of daily life, summer or not, and parents play an active part in it. Parents can plan regular visits to the local library and have an allocated reading time together at home. Teachers can give reading activities during summer holidays and parents can help to ensure that they are followed through. Above all, it is important to ensure that children know that reading is fun."
Whether you’re heading to the bookshop or the library, you’ll find a wide selection of books targeted at children of different age groups.
Mrs Kumar recommends the following books for children aged five through to 14 years.
Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth, Eric Carle
The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
The Clifford Collection, Norman Bridwell
Biff, Chip & Kipper, Roderick Hunt
Aged seven to 10 years
The Wild Robot, Peter Brown
The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Ivy + Bean, Annie Barrows
Dog Man, Dav Pilkey
Aged 11 -14 years
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
The Naughtiest Girl collection, Enid Blyton
The Percy Jackson series, Rick Riordan
The Ickabog, J K Rowling
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Corr
Another great starting point are the shortlisted titles in the 2020-21 Red Dot Book Awards; this annual initiative is run by The International School Libraries Network (ISLN) in Singapore.
Books are chosen by a committee of teacher-librarians in Singapore and voted on by nearly 9,000 students from 14 different schools across Singapore. The shortlist of books in each category are listed below: