It may not hit the calendar for a couple weeks, but school’s out and the weather is getting steamy. Summer adventures are ready to begin.
One of my favorite summer memories is mom reading aloud to us during the summer.
I would sit with my brothers and sister in the water at the edge of our cow pond and soak in the stories. That’s when slime between our toes and duckweed on our arms didn’t bother us!
I don’t remember all the books we read, but I can still recall quirky characters from The Little Cow and The Turtle by Meindert Dejong. I’m sure we found it at our tiny town library. Sadly, it’s out of print now, but I think I can find a used copy to read to my kids this summer.
Are you looking for a few books to read aloud to your kids this summer?
Here are some favorite summer adventure books I’ve enjoyed reading to my kids. They are all family-centric and full of wholesome fun.
Favorite Summer Adventure Books
These stories will have your kids begging for more, so you’ll be happy to know that many of them have sequels that are also worth reading.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall – This is also one of our favorite audio books. The sub-title pretty much sums it up: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Add to that a respectable single dad, a lovable Hound and a bit of Latin for plenty of hilarity and adventure.
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright – A brother and sister get to spend the summer with their cousin in the country. While exploring the nearby woods, they discover a town that time forgot, make friends with two charming characters and . . . succumb to “the gulper”!
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright – The four Melendy siblings decide that none of them will ever have enough money to go on adventure together. They form a plan to pool their money, so that each of them can have a thrilling experience to tell the others about. The excursions take place, you guessed it, every Saturday and are looked forward to by all.
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls – Jay Berry spends his summer attempting to catch monkeys who have escaped from a traveling circus in the Ozarks of Oklahoma. The task becomes a little more difficult than he imagined, but the prospect of reward money keeps him from giving up.
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit – A rather unusual story of 5 children who discover an ancient sand fairy in the gravel pit. Their careless words result in wishes being granted in ways they weren’t quite expecting!
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit – Mother and three children move to the country when Father is suddenly taken away. While mother tries to make ends meet and keep things cheerful, the children make friends at the local railway station. Can they solve the mystery of what happened to Father?
Owls In The Family by Farley Mowat – Somewhat auto-biographical story about a boy who acquires two owls plus a menagerie of other animals as pets. Your kids will laugh like crazy when they hear about the escapades Billy and his friend Bruce have as they try to keep all the animals in line.
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes – The description reads, “only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.” The siblings look out for each other (and sometimes loose each other) all along the way.
Enjoy the stories, and be sure to have some summer adventures of your own!
Need a little help in that department? Check out these resources.
Mom’s Summer Survival Guide is free, but you will need to visit Faith Along the Way and subscribe to receive it. I really appreciate Sarah Ann’s heart for encouraging strong families. Visit the link for a summary of what’s included in the guide. A few of my ideas are in there too!
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We’ve read all these, so we need some suggestions! What summer adventure books would you add to the list?
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