Reading list for the March school holidays 2013

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The March school holidays 2013 are upon us. Singapore parents we know that our kids should take a break but reading is essential too! Here is a reading list for 10 to 12-year-olds.

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Reading list for the kids  for March school holidays 2013

Enriching the mind this March school holidays 2013

March school holidays are meant to be a time of play and relaxation for the kids–no one would question that. Nor should they question the value of letting kids be kids for as long as possible. But spending a portion of each day reading can take your kids on adventures they could only imagine otherwise and introduce them to people (fictional or otherwise) and places they would otherwise never come into contact with.

Reading is also a wonderful way for children to build their vocabularies and keep their minds sharp and ready to go once they do return to school.

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My child doesn’t like to read

Will a reading list be any good? Most children who don’t like to read simply haven’t found the right books to read. Once you figure out what excites your child, provide them a great reading list that deals with whatever that interest is and they’ll be hooked.

If your child is a frustrated reader–one who struggles with words in general or staying focused-you should have their eyes examined to rule out or confirm vision problems that can easily be corrected.

Finally…there are those children who will never be overly fond of reading. All children need to be competent readers; possessing a fluency which will enable them to easily comprehend what they are reading rather than having to concentrate on each word. So if your child just doesn’t like to read…read with them, read to them and center their reading time around shorter pieces such as children’s magazines, etc.

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Reading list for 10 to 12-year-olds

Below is a reading list of both classic and new books most every 10 to 12 year old will enjoy. Some are specifically for girls or boys and are marked G or B.

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw (B)
  • *Anne Frank; the Diary of a Young Girl
  • Are You There, God, It’s Me, Margaret (G)
  • *The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • *The American Girl Series (G)
  • *Where the Lilies Bloom
  • *Anne of Green Gables (G)
  • *Holes (B)
  • *Summer of the Monkeys
  • Hatchet (B)
  • Encyclopedia Brown Series
  • The Man Who Loved Clowns

Take the adventure together

Selecting one or two of the books to read to your child over a period of several evenings at bedtime or over breakfast is a great way to encourage your child to read. As an additional treat, those books with * have been made into movies that your family can enjoy together once the last page has been turned.

Do you have a reading list to suggest to other parents? Comment below…