2014 Summer Reading List for Kids

summer reading list for kidsAs a child, I loved summer because it allowed me an unlimited amount of reading time. We lived in the country so a trip to the library happened once a week, and boy, you should have seen how many books I could devour each week. I love that my kids have developed a love of reading and will gladly read from the kids summer reading list that our library puts out. If you don’t have a summer reading book list, here’s a list to get you started:

Young Children
  • The Bathing Costume, or, the Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic- A story of a boy who spends the summer, with his three cousins, in the French countryside.
  • Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli- Little ones will love finding the objects hidden behind die-cut letters.
  • Building Our House by Jonathan Bean- Watch a family work together to build their new house.
  • Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett- Help your kids learn to count to ten with this interactive and engaging book.
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt- Kids will learn to think creatively as they watch the independent-minded crayons in this tale.
Middle Ages
  • Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle- A funny book about the experiences Nate has as he runs away from home.
  • The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest–and Most Surprising–Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins- Kids will spend hours pouring over the interesting facts and fascinating pictures.
  • Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill- Kids will take a trip back in time to the Alaskan gold rush of the 1920s as they read of a girl adopted by two gold miners.
  • Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin- An engaging tale about a farmer who encourages people to grow their own food.
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin- A fast-paced story of counterfeiters who attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body to use as ransom.
Older Children
  • Journey by Aaron Becker- A lonely girl finds a magical crayon which takes her on a journey into an amazing new world.
  • Becoming Ben Franklin: How A How a Candle-Maker’s Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty by Russell Freedman- Kids will be amazing and inspired as they learn about one of America’s most famous inventors and Founding Fathers.
  • The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman- Two New York City ballerinas move to a tiny farming town; can they survive their new life?
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter- This Newbery Honor book shares the story of an 11-year-old who overcomes challenges as he helps his best friend.

You can also check out reading lists from the American Library Association and Scholastic. Share with us a favorite book of yours in the comments!

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