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Summer Reading Recommendations

School is out, but books are definitely still in! At Faithgirlz, we think summer is the perfect time to catch up on some fun and interesting reading. Not sure what to choose? We’ve got a list of great ideas to add to your summer reading stash. From adventure to mystery to classics and more, there’s something for every girl to enjoy. Happy Reading!




Lena in the Stars—Co-written by War Room star and tween blogger Alena Pitts, along with her author mom Wynter Pitts, this new Faithgirlz book series reflects Alena’s own experiences as she reaches for the stars while still making her faith the number one priority.




Glimmer Girls—This four-book series by Christian recording artist (and mom) Natalie Grant follows the adventures of Mia
and Maddie, 10-year-old twin sisters who travel the globe with their famous singer mom. What mishaps will they get into next? There’s always a great lesson learned in the end.




The Lucy Series—Lucy is a feisty tomboy with a tragic history. She questions everything, especially God. This series by Nancy Rue helps girls work through their big questions as Lucy’s wise housekeeper teaches her about God’s love and perfect plan for her life.




The Good News Shoes—Riley Mae Hart is the spokesgirl for Swiftriver Shoe Company, a job that sends her on some crazy adventures where she learns tough lessons about what it means to be a godly young woman. Written by Jill Osborne, this fun three-book series is sure to please readers who love a good page-turner and a happy ending.


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Samantha Sanderson—Meet Samantha, an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. In this four-book series by Robin Caroll, Samantha and her friends fight crimes drawn straight from today’s headlines, from bomb threats to bullying, all while navigating the rocky terrain of middle school.



The Sophie Series—Meet Sophie LaCroix, a creative thinker with big dreams to become a famous film director one day. Her wild imagination often lands her in a pickle—but her faith and her friends always come to the rescue. Written by Nancy Rue, each title in this series offers two books in one!




Boarding School Mysteries—If you liked the old Nancy Drew books, you’re going to love Boarding School Mysteries by Kristi Holl. Starring Jeri McKane, a sixth-grader at a private boarding school, each story in this four-book collection offers suspense and intrigue along with valuable lessons of courage and faith as Jeri solves the spooky mysteries surrounding her school.





From Sadie’s Sketchbook—Sadie is a sharp 12-year-old girl whose family just moved halfway across the country to Michigan. In her new home, she learns to make sense of the world around her through drawing. In this four-book series by Naomi Kinsman, readers will explore questions of family, community, and faith.




Girls of Harbor View—Join the adventures of Morgan, Amy, Carlie and Emily—four very different girls who unite through the common bonds of friendship. Written by Melody Carson, each of the four books in this series contains two unique stories filled with exciting plots and life lessons based on faith.




Andi Boggs Series—Join Andi, and her best friend Colin as they unveil mystery after mystery. Written by Amanda Flower, these books feature short chapters filled with suspense and anticipation creating a fun, fast-paced, exciting read.





The Last Martin—Thirteen-year-old Martin Boyle is cursed. His aunt is about to give birth to a baby boy who, according to family tradition, will be named “Martin”—and his cemetery research reveals that when one Martin is born, another dies! Written by Jonathan Friesen, The Last Martin is a fast-paced and quirky story of growing up, discovering your independence, and learning to truly live.




A Plague of Unicorns—In this story from Jane Yolen, Young James, an earl’s son, is sent to be educated at Cranford Abbey. But Cranford Abbey has its own problems—the Abbey is falling apart. Abbot Aelian believes he can save the abbey with his secret weapon: a recipe for golden apple cider passed down through his family for generations. However one obstacle stands in the way, wild unicorns who love golden apples. James, who might have the solution to the problem must earn the trust of the new Abbot.





Chronicles of Narnia—This classic series by C.S. Lewis is still beloved by families today, and the tween years are an ideal age to begin reading. Follow the wisdom, wit and imagination of C.S. Lewis as he invites you into the fictional world of Narnia, a place of good vs. evil, where Christ-like themes are woven into every story.




Anne of Green Gables—This well-loved story of an orphan turned cherished daughter—and all the misadventures in between—is a highlight on every tween girl’s reading list. Be advised that Netflix recently released a new film series adaptation in which Anne’s beloved innocence is twisted by modern interpretations; we highly recommend sticking to the original.




The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate—The year is 1899 and Calpurnia Virginia Tate is 11 years old. In this beautifully written story by Jacqueline Kelly, Calpurnia (“Callie”) joins her grandfather, a naturalist, in exploring the world around her. Together they discover greater meaning behind grasshoppers, family relationships, and the adventure of growing into a young lady at the turn of the century.



Stone Fox—For more than 30 years, young readers have been captivated by John Reynolds Gardiner’s classic story of an legendary dogsled race. Little Willy lives with his grandfather on a Wyoming farm. When his grandfather becomes ill, Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race and save the family farm with his prize money. However, he’s not the only one who wants to win—so does a veteran dogsled champion named Stone Fox. Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, this book is filled with action and heartwarming life lessons.




The Penderwicks—A National Book Award winner, this four-book series by Jeanne Birdsall shares the stories of “four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy” as they explore new adventures filled with treasures, humor, and fascinating companions.





School Story—A favorite title by popular children’s author Andrew Clements, School Story is a tale of two middle school friends, Natalie and Zoe, who devise a brilliant plan to get a novel published—using a pen name and a few sneaky tricks. This is just one of many other clever and entertaining Andrew Clements books written for tweens.




The Green Ember Series—A modern tale that reads like a classic, The Green Ember is a two-book series following the misadventures of Heather and Picket, two extraordinary rabbits who discover the future of the world depends on their courage. This sweeping tale is complete with swords, daring quests, humor and beauty—and just may become a favorite in your family for years to come.


Top 10 Summer Activities for Your Tweens

Summer-Activites-for-TweensSummer is here!

This break is something your girls have been looking forward to for months. You, on the other hand, may not look forward to summer with as much excitement. The time off requires a LOT of additional prepping and planning for parents.

There are many great resources around the web outlining fun summer activities for your girls. We’ve compiled our top 10 below!

10. Get a Job
Instill values of independence, discipline, and responsibility by encouraging your tween to work this summer. Now is a great time to help out around the house, babysit, look after a neighbor’s pets, walk dogs, wash cars, open a lemonade stand, sell handmade crafts – or anything else your enterprising young girls can think of!

9. Update A Room
As our girls transition from one grade to the next, we have to accept that they are growing up! Does their room reflect their maturing taste? If not – head over to Pinterest and look for new room inspirations for your girls. Need a starting place? Check out our Redo Your Room board. If you want even more inspiration – check out our Redo Your Room book!

8. Plan Outdoor Movie Nights
Get together with neighbors and work to set up a projector, speakers and family-friendly movie. Really amp up the space with comfy seating, string lights and popcorn! Click for more creative ways to dress up the space!

outdoor movie

7. Volunteer
What causes are important to your family? Reach out to organizations in your area to inquire about opportunities for your girls to serve. Animal shelters and food banks often have tasks for younger volunteers. Through their service, your girls will learn valuable lessons of sacrifice, humility and caring for others.

6. Host a Board Game Tourny
Help your faithgirlz plan a fun-filled day at home. (This is a great option if there are a lot of rainy days in the forecast.) If you don’t have a huge collection of board games, ask friends to bring over one or two of their favorites. Be sure everyone knows the rules for each game and then roll the dice or pick a card to see who gets to select the first game.  For bonus points: If your girls are especially creative – encourage them to create their own game!

Game Pieces

5. Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
What is one thing you’ve always wanted to see in your area? Plan a quick day trip or outing to visit a unique landmark, attraction or eatery. Take this idea to the next level by dressing up as tacky tourists! Fanny packs required.

4. Pick a Book to Read Together – and take time to talk about it!
We are BIG advocates of summer reading… and so is our spokesperson Natalie Grant! Together, we’ve developed a great list of Faithgirlz! titles to recommend for your tween. We encourage you to pick one or two to read with your girls. These books are great conversation starters and can lead to some incredible chats about faith. Read up on Natalie’s summer reading suggestions here!


3. Create and Bury a Time Capsule
Identify special mementos that will help your faithgirl remember 2015. Include items to represent her best friend, secret crush (if she has one!) and her favorite Bible verse, class, band, song, sport to play, sport to watch, book, movie, actor and actress! Did you take a trip this year? Include a souvenir or ticket to remember a special family vacation or outing. Have fun with it – and only peek if she says it is okay!

2. Set Up Camp
Love the outdoors? Take an afternoon to create a campsite in your backyard. Grab some sleeping bags and enjoy a night out under the stars! Don’t have a tent? No worries! Get creative with blankets and sheets to make a colorful retreat. The benefits of camping at home? You have quick access to certain amenities (like a bathroom & kitchen) if you aren’t ready for the complete experience. Still seem like a stretch? If your girls aren’t the outdoorsy type – like mine – create a camp of sorts inside!


1. Get Moving
Get your girls off the couch! Summer is a great time to try new activities. Gather all the necessary safety gear and encourage your faithgirlz to meet their friends for a bike ride, test out their roller blades, take a swim, paddle board or canoe on a nearby lake… anything to stay active (and tear them away from spending all summer on the computer or binge watching TV shows on Netflix). Just be sure to set parameters on where they can go, when to be back and who they can go with, etc. Use these ideas to give your girls a memorable, safe and FUN summer!


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