“Reading can take you places you have never been before.” -Dr. Seuss
courtesy of Cache County School District
Even if your family’s summer plans don’t take your child to a new or exotic location, a good book can be a portal to adventure. Discovering a new place or stepping into a different time will help to engage their interest and broaden their horizons.
Here are a few suggestions of exciting adventure books to read this summer with your child, from educators in our district!
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Recommended by Cam Amott, 6th-grade teacher at Greenville Elementary
Jay Berry, the son of poor farmers, finds out he has a chance to make some real money by catching a group of monkeys that have escaped from a traveling circus. Jay, alongside his trusty dog Rowdy, set off to the river bottoms to catch the monkeys and make their fortune
Kids will love this book because it will make them want to have an exciting summer adventure that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It shows that what might be considered a boring setting (a little farm) can turn into a really exciting place in the blink of an eye. I always put myself in Jay’s shoes and try coming up with the best way to catch a bunch of monkeys. It’s a fun, funny, and touching story that is sure to be a new favorite.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Recommended by Aimee McNeil, principal at Summit Elementary
Percy Jackson, a courageous 12-year-old, is thrown into an adventure of Greek mythology and a world that always existed around him, but that he can only now see. He’s also a target, being accused of stealing Zeus’ prized lightning bolt. To prove his innocence and save his friends, he must find the lightning bolt and return it to Mount Olympus.
Kids will love reading this book because it will open their imaginations to a new world of demigods, legends of mythology, unique characters, and mythical creatures. There are narrow escapes, shocking surprises, and steady suspense. What’s even better is that the adventure doesn’t have to be over when The Lightning Thief ends! Check out the rest of the series to keep the adventure going!
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Recommended by Richard Rigby, 5th-grade teacher at Birch Creek Elementary
For a long time, Billy Coleman has dreamed of owning not one, but two dogs. When his mother and father tell him that he can’t have a dog because they don’t have money, he doesn’t give up. He is resilient and works hard to collect the money. He finally buys two pups: Little Ann and Old Dan. Together, Billy and his dogs quickly become the finest hunting team in the Ozarks. They hunt at night and in the winter–which leads to some dangerous and scary predicaments.
Kids will love reading this book because it allows them to envision the outdoors, the love of animals, and the sacrifice that comes from hard work and determination. It takes readers to a time when there weren’t a lot of things to do but to be outside and explore.
Hatchet by Gary Paulson
Recommended by Paige Hollie, 4th-grade teacher at Providence Elementary
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson was on his way to visit his dad when the plane he was flying in crashed into a vast forest. Brian is the only survivor! With nothing but the clothes on his back and a hatchet on his belt, he must figure out how to survive on his own and, hopefully, be rescued.
This book takes readers on a great adventure in a huge forest with no one around. The forest, which is found near the US Canadian border with New York, consists of hills and mountains covered in trees as far as the eye can see, with little lakes dotting the landscape. The amount of exploring that could be done is endless! Kids will love reading this book because the adventure never ends!