50 Books Your Kids Might Love To Read This Summer


Don’t let your kids read this summer. I mean who wants to do that? If you change your mind, here are 50+ options they might really love reading…

Ages 0-3

  • Press Here By Herve Tullet
  • The Runaway Pumpkin By Kevin Lewis
  • Spot Series such as Spot Bakes a Cake, Spot Loves His Daddy, Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
  • “Construction/Vehicle theme: Dig! or Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha or Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site By Sherri Duskey Rinker. Farm: Big Red Barn (By Margaret Wise Brown),” Suggested by Monica Atkins from Mommy University NJ 

Ages 4-8

  • Rosie Wants To Be  A Dancer, Marissa Klein
  • Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail By James Horvath Suggested by Debbie Oley Zelasny from The Jersey Momma
  • Fox in Socks By Dr. Seuss
  • Froggy Series such as Froggy Gets a Doggy and Froggy Rides a Bike By Jonathan London Suggested by Reesa Lewandowski from Momma Lew
  • Little Blue Truck By Alice Schertle
  • The Book with No Pictures By B.J. Novak
  • The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt
  • “My 2nd grade daughter loves American Girl, Nancy Drew and My America Diaries! My kindergarten age son is into Star Wars and LEGO Books (especially the ones that come with a mini-figure!). Suggested by Jeanine Marie from ‪Mommy Entourage
  • “Animals/Zoos: Fraidyzoo (By Thyra Heder), Color Zoo (By Lois Ehlert), Farm: 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm (Usborne 1001 Things to Spot, By Gillian Doherty).” Suggested by Monica Atkins from Mommy University NJ 

Ages 8-12

  • Holes By Louis Sachar
  • Indian in the Cupboard By Lynne Reid Banks
  • The One and Only Ivan By Katherine Applegate
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • When You Reach Me By Rebecca Stead
  • Wonder By R.J. Palacio
  • “We love the series Diary of a Minecraft Zombie by Herobrine Books (self-published on Amazon). That’s for ages 7 and up.” Suggested Debbie Oley Zelasny from The Jersey Momma

Young Adult

  • Hatchet By Gary Paulsen
  • Hoot By Carl Hiaasen
  • Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Ship Breaker By Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Giver By Lois Lowry
  • The Underland Chronicles series By Suzanne Collins, Suggested by Colleen Kennedy from Souffle Bombay
  • White Fang
 By Jack London

*Other great reading recommendations can be found at Move It Mommy.


About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.