Here is the second and last installment of our Summer Reading List series. Following our first blog post geared towards parents, this list covers 10 best books for families to read together this summer. We grouped the list by recommended ages. We hope you enjoyed our series. Happy reading!
For Ages 3-5
1) A House Is a House for Me
by Mary Ann Hoberman & Betty Fraser
Younger children love vibrant pictures and rhymes, and this book has both. It’s filled with illustrations of a variety of homes – some extravagant and some familiar. A House Is a House is a longtime favorite that is perfect for cozying up and reading together before bedtime.
2) Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Although Where the Wild Things Are just passed its fifty-year old publication mark, it is still a popular children’s book today. Maurice Sendak did an exceptional job with the illustrations, so it’ll feel as though the book is coming to life as you read aloud to your kids. Let your children experience the magical adventure that Max, the main character, experiences as he takes on the “Wild Things”. With over 19 million copies sold worldwide, you won’t want to miss out on this classic piece of children’s literature.
For Ages 5-7
3) Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web is another childhood classic that is a must-read this summer. Not only does it support the common core standard, but Publisher’s Weekly listed it as “the best selling children’s paperback of all time” back in 2000. Since it is 184 pages, this book is perfect to read nightly with your kids. Chapter by chapter your children will fall in love with Wilbur and Fern’s everlasting friendship.
4) Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson
Winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor, this wonderful book sends an anti-bullying message that will resonate with your children long after you’ve put the book down. It is packed with great illustrations to keep your kids interested. After reading Each Kindness your kids will understand that even the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference.
5) One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo
Who doesn’t love a human-animal friendship story? Dive into One Cool Friend this summer and experience an adventure between a boy and a penguin. Find out how one trip to the aquarium with his dad, could leave Elliot with a friend forever. Your children will love this award-winning book along with its brilliant illustrations.
For Ages 8-10
6) Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie was Kate DiCamillo’s beloved, best-selling debut novel. Once it was published, it instantly became a New York Times bestseller, a Newberry Honor winner, and inspiration for its own film. It is a cherished book that will touch all of your family’s hearts, regardless of age.
7) The Year of Billy Miller
by Kevin Henkes
Kevin Henkes, an award-winning and nationally bestselling author, tells a story about a second-grader named Billy Miller that experiences friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school all at once.The book is fast-paced, hilarious, and a perfect children’s short-story. The plot is one that your children experience on a day-to-day basis while growing up. This could be the perfect book to talk about life issues with your little ones. Don’t miss out on this bonding experience!
8) Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt
Tuck Everlasting, perhaps one of the best stories about eternal life, is a perfect tale to add to your bookshelf. In 2007, the National Education Association hosted an online poll in which respondents named Tuck Everlasting as one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”. Indulge in this fairytale this summer with your kids and think about what you could do if you could live forever.
For Ages 10-12
9) Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’dell
Island of the Blue Dolphins, is a true story based on the life of Juana Maria who was a Native American woman left alone on an island for 18 years. Karana, the character in the novel, waits year after year in hopes that a ship will come and take her back home. This award-winning book is perfect for you and your kids to sit down and read together, as you embark on a real-life journey of an amazing survivor.
10) The Magician’s Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo
The Magician’s Elephant is another enchanting novel by Kate DiCamillo that you and your kids will not want to put down. The book is filled with magic, mystery, and hope. It tells the story of a young orphan who stumbles upon a magician’s tent and asks for help. The fortune teller leaves him with one strange answer – an elephant. Find out how the magician’s elephant will lead the orphan to the answers to all of his questions.
What’s your favorite family book? Comment below with your book of choice!