Kids Summer Reading

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School is out for the summer (or will be soon) and for most kiddos, this means sleeping in, playing in the sun, and forgetting everything learned during the schoolyear. This is where summer reading lists come into play. Most schools assign summer reading, but if you want to help your child develop a love for books, leisurely reading is a must! We’ve compiled a variety of age-appropriate literature, so whether you’ve got a bookworm or a reluctant reader on your hands, there’s a book here that your child is sure to love. And maybe this list will remind you of some of your favorite books from when you were younger and inspire you to give them another read, too!


These stories are full of fun pictures and colorful characters for the little ones who are just learning to read. Delightful to read together, or solo, these books will keep young readers excited and engaged.

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The Berenstain Bears

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Franklin the Turtle

Goodnight, Moon

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Kindergarten Here I Come

Little Critters

Miss Bindergarten

The Rainbow Fish


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Elementary School

There’s nothing quite like finding a good series or set of books to get you hooked on reading, because sometimes one story just isn’t enough! Most of these selections have multiple books so your child will feel invested in the stories and find friends in the characters they’re reading about.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Amelia Bedelia Books

Beverly Cleary Books

The Boxcar Children Series

Charlotte’s Web

The Giving Tree

Junie B. Jones Series

The Magic School Bus Books

The Magic Treehouse Series

Wayside School Series

Middle School

The precarious age of preteens can leave them feeling sensitive, misunderstood, or curious about the future. These coming-of-age books can give your child someone and something to relate to, and if not, at least they’ll find a good story to get lost in for a little while.

The Baby-Sitters Club Series

The Chronicles of Narnia

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The Giver

The Harry Potter Series

The Judy Blume Teen Collection


The Phantom Tollbooth

Walk Two Moons

The Westing Game

A Wrinkle in Time

High School

These books are a mix of classic and contemporary. Poignant and touching, these stories will help your teen see things from a different perspective and empathize with others as they follow these characters through life’s trials and tribulations.

13 Reasons Why

The Alchemist

The Bell Jar

The Book Thief

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Catcher in the Rye

The Great Gatsby

The Hunger Games

Looking for Alaska

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

To Kill a Mockingbird


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