Since so many of our friends have been mentioning how hard it has been for them to get their kids to read, I asked if he'd be willing to help motivate some of his friends, too. So, we're going to ask if anyone wants to do a summer reading challenge. I haven't decided on a prize, but I think it will be along the lines of an afternoon at out local water park or mini golf course.
I tell our friends that, at first, I had to let Tyler choose the books he wanted to read even if the titles were things I thought were ridiculous like the Captain Underpants series. Then, once he decided he enjoyed reading, we started to suggest books for him. He seems to have found his genre, sci fi/fantasy, but he does read general fiction, too. Tyler trusts my tastes now (for the most part), though he did raise an eyebrow when I brought home A Wrinkle in Time.
To help our friends participate in the challenge, I spent all morning on Google searching for good book lists. Most of the lists are really long. I haven't looked through all of them but the few I did read have books across genres and of different lengths.
If you have an e-reader, check out a site I love, Pixel of Ink. They find several free Kindle books per day and have separate site just for kids and young adults.
8 Lists for Summer Reading for Kids
*My Pinterest board of books my 10-year old son likes has 3 links to book lists, including a list of suggestions for boys.
*This user generated list from Goodreads has over 5,000 titles in it!
*This list on About.com's section on children's books has 12 links to reading lists for kids, tweens and teens (most links open as PDF's).
*The Salt Lake City Library created a list of 36 titles for boys.
*Reading.org's young adult choices listed from 1998-2012 (open as PDF's).
*BoysRead.org has titles broken down by age range.
*A multicultural book list from Reading is Fundamental for grades K-5.
*26 young adult titles from the LA Times 2012 Summer Reading List
ETA: After I put this post up I spent some time going through my RSS feeds. Fellow blogger Kelly of Mocha Momma posted this book list for teens and adults a few days ago.