Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey
Best for ages 7-10 years old

My favorite children’s book when I was a kid was the Captain Underpants series. I know I know not a brilliant choice but I was a bit of a class clown growing up so I enjoyed funny jokes.

– Jared Howelton, Young Charles Dickens

About the Book

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school – and now they’re going to bring him to life!


According to Scholastic:

  • Children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall? Reading builds vocabulary and comprehensions. It’s also fun.
  • During the school year, lower income children’s skills improve at close to the same rate as those of their more advantaged peers – but over the summer, middle- and upper-income children’s skills continue to improve, while lower income children’s skills do not. It is estimated that the “Summer Slide” accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle- and upper-income peers.
  • 3rd graders who can’t read on grade level are four times less likely to graduate by age 18 than a proficient reader.
  • Teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material students have forgotten over the summer.