I’m sure that most parents have read about how children slip back with their school work over the summer. One way we try to minimise this, without doing lots of boring school work in the holidays, is to make sure H reads regularly. To be honest this isn’t really very difficult as H reads for pleasure anyway, but he does have a time slot after dinner that is reading time whether he is at school or now, it’s a good habit to have. Plus reading is a good way of keeping H occupied over the summer because he can escape into an exciting adventure or another world. The Book People sent us some books to supplement H’s summer reading and he’s been rereading some old favourites and trying out some new stories.
The main problem with H is finding enough new books for him to read that are the sort of thing he likes to read. He’s a fast reader so he gets through books at quite a pace. One of his favourite type of books is action/adventure stories. Knightley & Son is this summer’s new series. It’s the story of London’s top private detective who has been in a coma for four years. When he wakes up, he discovers he has a new crime-solving partner: his son. Darkus Knightley is a tweed-wearing, super-brainy teenage investigator and he’s likely to appeal to fans of series like Young Sherlock or Artemis Fowl.
We always like to mix up good stories with some non-fiction and H is always interested in the natural world, especially the sea. So we mixed up our book selection with Car-Sized Crabs and Other Animal Giants. H loves a book about one of his favourite toys: Lego, and I find Lego books often encourage him to build new things.
H has also been rereading a series of books he read a few months ago: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Box sets are often excellent value and this is a series that H is happy to read and reread. H loves the comic tales and really enjoys the characters.