Maybe your children need a little more incentive to read than your local library’s summer reading program. Or maybe you want to expand their Islamic and cultural awareness over the summer, when there a fewer influences from classmates. Either way, summer reading programs are proven to be an efficient, fun way to pickup where school leaves off.
1. Find a Great Read
Jannah’s List has an extensive list to choose from (see the reading list below), but feel free to add your own!
2. Keep Track!
Log the minutes your child spends reading as each member of the family may have different reading levels. Don’t forget to have your child set their own reading challenge for the summer!
3. Earn Rewards in Weekly Challenges
Set individual goals for your child with a simple gold star sticker chart of one of these downloadable charts. At the end of each week, reward your child with a small wrapped gift. These do not need to be expensive, but something special to praise all their hard work.
4. Share Your List!
Put together a list of titles you liked to share with others and swap books.
2013 Summer Challenge Book List
The Sandwich Swap
Night of the Moon
An Eid for Everyone
Aisha the Indian Princess
Under the Ramadan Moon
Allah to Z: An Islamic Alphabet Book
I Can Pray Anywhere!
What Do We Say? A Guide to Islamic Manners
My First Ramadan
Jameela’s Great Idea
Kids of the Ummah
We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah
The Apple Tree
Don’t Forget to Say Bismillah
Children’s Stories from the Quran
Umar’s Magic Oven
Stories of the Prophets in the Holy Qur’an
The Name Jar
Whoever You Are
What Does a Muslim Look Like?
The Librarian of Basra
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
Four Feet, Two Sandals
Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta
My Name is Bilal
Day of Ahmed’s Secret
Khadija Goes to School
One Green Apple
Big Red Lollipop
The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust
1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts Muslim Civilization
Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World
Does My Head Look Big in This?
The American Muslim Teenager’s handbook
The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World
Through a Mud Wall
The Garden of My Imaan
How Mohammed Saved Miss Liberty
Ask Me No Questions
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood