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UltimateMama loves taking advantage of children’s reading programs at local libraries.  Not only does it inspire and motivate children to read in the summer months but also such programs often have a social element in which kids can meet new faces outside of the classroom setting.

Whether your child reads books independently, you or another adult reads to them, or your family grabs some books on CD for long road trips there are plenty of great books out there for all ages.  Some great summer reads for 8, 9, and 10 year olds include:

“The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate was a great book on CD for a recent long car ride

“The Doll People” by Ann M. Martin was another wonderful book UltimateMama enjoyed on CD

“The Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale received rave reviews by UltimateMama’s oldest daughter

“The Girl Who Could Fly” by Victoria Forester was another hit

“The Duel:  The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr” by Judith St. George was one that UltimateMama read in order to gain history knowledge with her children

“A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park is an amazing story that UltimateMama read to her children recently


UltimateMama’s recent visit to the local library was a smashing success.  Her 9 year old devoured the following books:

School’s Out by Johanna Hurwitz

No Talking by Andrew Clements

The Candy Smash by Jacqueline Davies (part of the Lemonade War series)

Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston (yes for all you smarties that is a palindromic name!)


UltimateMama’s Kindergartener is a reading machine.  She devoured these books:

The Critter Club Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley (terrific series)

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven (another great series)

Henry and Mudge The First Book by Cynthia Rylant (wonderful classic series)



UltimateMama encourages her children to read alone in a quiet place each day!  Below are a few favorite books that her second grader enjoyed:

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene (really, the entire series is terrific)


UltimateMama loves reading to her girls ages 8 and 6 years old! Here are a few recent gems to add to your home library:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Witches by Roald Dahl

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Treasury of Illustrated Classics Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

UltimateMama is a huge supporter of reading the Treasury of Illustrated Classics books to kids. There are about 24 classic books in the series adapted for youngsters (including Oliver Twist, Peter Pan, Black Beauty and more)!


UltimateMama loves reading to her little girls who are (almost) 6 yrs and (almost) 4 yrs old.  Always a fan of the classics, UltimateMama encourages you to check out a few of her favorites:

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary – Any dog lover will adore this gem!

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – Great tale of good conquering evil with grasshoppers and earthworms mixed in!

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – Who knew how close a spider and a pig could become over time?!

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary – A little troublemaker starts appropriate!

Masterpiece by Elise Broach – A tale of a creative NYC beetle!

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden – Fun adventures of Chester Cricket and his buddies!

Magic Tree House Boxed Set by Mary Pope Osborne – A terrific series that informs and entertains all children!


UltimateMama has a secret for you:  Borders has a great deal if your child is 12 or under!  Read ten books and get one for free!

Check out the Borders’ Double-Dog Dare summer reading program today!


How many times does your child ask you "why do you have to travel for work"?  A new book on the market will help you explain to your children that you love them no matter where you are.

Even though the author of "My Mommy’s on a Business Trip" Phaedra Cucina went to the wrong Michigan university (Michigan State University vs. UltimateMama's alma mater The University of Michigan), UltimateMama won't hold that against her — especially since they both grew up in Detroit.


"My Mommy’s on a Business Trip" is a must have for all children of working parents, especially those who travel!  It explains the notion of business travel to children sweetly and succinctly.