Summer Reading List for Kids

I remember every summer my mom letting me pick a big fat “big kid” book from our local library and reading it to me every afternoon until we finished it. Those are some of my best childhood memories. Even my brother–who didn’t really enjoy being read to–wanted to sit and listen sometimes.

With summer in full swing your child or children are probably desperate for something to do. Or maybe they are reading through books faster than you can swipe your library card. Either way, you need book suggestions! Guess what, I’ve got a great list for you! The list I’ve compiled is categorized by genre instead of reading level–I leave the reading level decision to you, the parent.

May I also suggest signing your older child up for a Goodreads account. It’s a completely free online community with millions of book suggestions and millions of people passionate about reading. It’s a place to keep track of all the books your reading, write reviews, and get suggestions about what to read next.


Swiss Family Robinson

Little House on the Prairie (Series)-1 from boys perspective

Watership Down

The Odyssey



Call of the Wild

White Fang

The Last of the Mohicans

Where the Red Ferns Grow


Old Yeller

Irish Red

High Seas:

Robinson Crusoe

Master and Commander (Series) 12+

Treasure Island

The Temeraire (Dragons)


The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings (Series)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Series)

Redwall (Series)

Ralph the Motorcycle Mouse

Indian and the Cupboard

Eragon (Series)

Harry Potter (Series)


Hank the Cowdog (Series)


The Magic School Bus (Series)

Science Fiction/Space Opera:

Enders game (Series)

Star Wars (Series)

Strong Female Characters:

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables (Series)

Amelia Bedilia (Series)


Nancy drew (Series)

The Hardy Boys (Series)

Box Car Children (Series)


Black Beauty

National Velvet

My Friend Flicka (Series)

Misty of Chincoteague (Series)


Paddington (Series)

Winnie the Pooh (Series)


Happy Reading!

Maegan — xx


2 thoughts on “Summer Reading List for Kids

  1. Love this list! I grew up listening to Hank the Cowdog on cassette during family road trips! And the Redwall books are some of my favorite of all time.

    1. Hank the Cowdog was my brothers favorite! And I was obsessed with Redwall as a kid too! I thought I was the only one this whole time Sophie! I think kids miss out on so much good reading by skipping the classics.

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