As August arrives and summer continues, so too does what seems like the obligatory summer reading blog entry. Looking back on the very few entries this summer, perhaps this marks the opportune time to present one.

Backtracking to the first weekend in June, the kiddos and I headed to the local library seeking a book that my daughter wanted to read. The book? The controversial “13 Reasons Why” that inspired a series on Netflix, captured the attention of young and old alike and even got banned in some school districts nationwide because it was said to glorify suicide.

Before all havoc breaks loose due to permitting my girl to read said book, several classmates had watched the series and/or read the book. My daughter asked if she could watch it. With permission from her father and I, she did. The condition: She had to discuss it with us as she watched She followed through on that request. She read the book at followed suit. I even perused it. Sad to say, bullying is getting REALLY old, especially with worse tactics occurring with social media apps.

OK. Let’s continue with the number 13 theme.  A July 26, 2017, post on Scholastic Parents’ Facebook page featured a link to the Scholastic website featuring “13 Books Kids Should Read Before Turning 13.” My daughter turns 14 later this month, and well, I don’t think she’s even read half of these books!

According to the website link, the following 13 books to read before age 13 include: “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White; “Matilda” by Roald Dahl; “Holes” by Louis Sachar; “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio; “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry; “Maniac Magee” by Jerry Spinelli; “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” from the “Fudge” series by Judy Blume; “Romana “Quimby” by Beverly Cleary; “A Bear Called Paddington” from the “Paddington Bear” series by Michael Bond; “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt; “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” from “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis; “Stuart Little” by E.B. White, and “The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin.

Most of the titles appear familiar to me, the first of which is my favorite book of all time (yes, even after all these years of receiving my own copy of “Charlotte’s Web” for Easter as a third-grader). How about you? And for parents of children 13 and under, how many of the suggested titles have you or your children read? If you’d like to reveal your numbers or boast about your favorites, feel free to do so in the blog’s comment section.