Our summer read aloud list

As of Monday, Bridges Classical Community is officially out for the summer!  It was such a rewarding year, but we are all looking forward to the break!  I’m planning on reading quite a bit with the children this summer, as well as drilling memory work.  We also have a small amount of math to catch up on for everyone, and a few reading assignments left for Lovebug and Sunshine.  Overall, I feel like we finished the year out strong, especially compared to last year.  So we are going to relax most of the summer, while we soak in these great classics.  I may utilize a few audio books while we drive back and forth to the beach, especially for Johnny Tremain and Carry On Mr. Bowditch.  But generally, I plan to read them myself.

What are you summer reading plans?


  • May 21, 2016 - 12:46 am

    Ruth - Looks like some fantastic books you have planned! 🙂 If you (or your kids) haven’t read any of the Redwall books before, I’d recommend starting with Mossflower. I know Redwall was written first, but the story of Mossflower is better (in my opinion.) The villain is better, the motivations make more sense, the story is clearer. And then, if you (or they) read Redwall, or other books in the series, later, you’ll already have a good part of the background.
    Anyway, that’s my completely unsolicited advice. 🙂 (Longtime reader, but I don’t comment often and don’t know you in real life, so feel free to ignore me. I think I came here way back from a link up about Sunshine’s cleft surgery.) I’d love to hear what your kids think of it, as it’s one of my favorite series from growing up.ReplyCancel

    • May 21, 2016 - 8:44 am

      Nicole Renée - Thank you so much Ruth, so terrific to hear from you! This is valuable feedback! We haven’t read any of the other ones yet, somehow I totally missed this series growing up! I love sharing all of the classics with them though, there’s something very special about sitting and reading aloud to your children! I will add Mossflower the the list first upon your recommendation!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    Danielle Jones - We are just finishing “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” so we will likely continue with that series through the summer. I also want to introduce some N. D. Wilson to see how that goes. I just put 100 Cupboards on hold at the library. I have enjoyed his non-fiction and his interview on The Read-Aloud Revival was fantastic. Both of these are fantasy series. Some say his are quite scary. I don’t know how they will be for my kids.

    We listened to “The Courage of Sarah Noble” over last school year and Johnny Tremain is probably going to be on our list for next year.ReplyCancel

    • May 26, 2016 - 10:22 pm

      Nicole Renée - How have you liked On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness? We haven’t read any of the Wingfeather Saga but they look wonderful!ReplyCancel

      • May 27, 2016 - 10:19 am

        Danielle Jones - So many of our friends loved the Wingfeather Saga we had to give it a try. But it took half the book to get into it. The kids used to complain every time I picked it up! But, everyone said to persevere. Now, we just finished it and they’re begging for the next one! It does take some time to finally get into it, so just keep that in mind!ReplyCancel

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