To me, summer = reading. As a mother of a fourth (almost fifth) grader and a seventh (almost eighth) grader, I can tell you summer reading = freedom. During the school year, both my girls have required reading for school. Not only do they have to take tests and/or write book reports after completing their independent reading books but they also read books for class. Knowing that they have to write a report or take a test on a book which must be finished by a deadline definitely affects the choices both girls make when selecting a book to read. But during the summer, there are no requirements--reading becomes fun again. And that makes choosing books so much more exciting. When I was a girl, my favorite summer reading was anything Nancy Drew. I loved completing an entire book during one sitting and then I would beg my mother to take me to the store for the next mystery in the series. I can still remember the shelf at the store with the yellow covers lined up all in a row and the joy I felt riding home holding a new adventure in my hands. What books did you love when you were young? And if you have children, what will they be reading this summer? My almost eighth grader has been counting down the days for the third book in The Selection series so I know she will be reading and re-reading The One all summer long. My 9 year old has been assembling this reading stack for summer. Have you read any of these books?