Best children's books for summer reading

Best children’s books for summer reading

Summer vacation is on and what better time than this to help your children become better readers and confident communicators? Reading over the summer is much more than a recreational activity. Existing research demonstrates that summer reading habits are critical towards building a strong foundation for a child’s future success. Summer reading not only reduces summer learning loss but also empowers children. Children who read show substantial academic gains and strong communication skills. Almost all scientific studies related to summer reading habits indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see a decline or stagnation in their reading abilities.

Encourage your children to read for at least 30 minutes every day, and let them choose the type of books they enjoy reading the most. However, it’s important to make sure that the books are age appropriate and in line with your child’s current language and reading levels. We’ve compiled a list of best children’s books for summer reading for ages 0-14 years. These books could perhaps immerse your children into the world of words and fiction, and more importantly, keep them away from gadgets.

Ages 0- 4 years

Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! – Written by Dr. Seuss

Bright Baby: First Words – Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Written by Bill Martin, Jr.

Opposites – Written by Sandra Boynton

Llama Llama Red Pajama – Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney

No No Yes Yes – Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli

Grumpy Bird – Written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Peek-a Who? – Written and illustrated by Nina Laden

Moo, Baa, La La La – Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – Written by Annie Kubler

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Written by Dr. Seuss

Where the Wild Things Are – Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Pat the Bunny – Written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt

Pete the Cat Series – Written by James Dean

Are You My Mother? – Written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Written and illustrated by Eric Carle

Hop on Pop: Bright and Early Board Book Series – Written by Dr. Seuss

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Written by Helen Oxenbury

The Little Red Hen (02/28/2001) – Written by J. P. Miller

Good Night, Gorilla – Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book (Classic Board Books Series) – Written by Karen Katz

You Are My Sunshine – Written by Jimmie Davis

What If Everybody Did That? – Written by Ellen Javernick

Ages 4-7 years

The Snowy Day – Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Green Eggs and Ham – Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

The Giving Tree – Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Madeline – Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Dot – Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

The Little Engine That Could – Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by George and Doris Hauman

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – Written and illustrated by Mo Willems

The Mitten – Written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Swimmy – Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni

What Do People Do All Day? – Written and illustrated by Richard Scarry

Not a Box – Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Animalia – Written and illustrated by Graeme Base

Each Peach Pear Plum – Written by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

The Cat in the Hat – Written by Dr Seuss

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Written by Judith Kerr

Little House in the Big Woods – Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The BFG – Written by Roald Dahl

The Day the Crayons Quit – Written by Drew Daywalt

A Bear Called Paddington – Written by Michael Bond

Flat Stanley – Written by Jeff Brown

Winnie-the-Pooh – Written by A A Milne

The Enchanted Wood – Written by Enid Blyton

Popular book series for 6-8 year olds

Famous Five – Written by Enid Blyton

Mr. Gum series – Written by Andy Stanton

Horrid Henry – Written by Francesca Simon

Captain Underpants series – Written by Dav Pilkey

The Fairy Tale Fairies – Written by Daisy Meadows

Amelia Bedilia – Written by Herman Parish

Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth Series – Written by Jane O’Connor

Magic Tree House Series – Written by Mary Pope Osborne

Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton – Written by Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton

Judy Moody – Written by Megan McDonnald

Ages 8-11 Years

Charlotte’s Web – Written by E. B. White

Frog and Toad Are Friends – Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

The Wind in the Willows – Written by Kenneth Grahame

Matilda – Written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake

How to Train Your Dragon – Written by Cressida Cowell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Written by Roald Dahl

Ivy & Bean – Written by Annie Barrows

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Written and illustrated by Grace Lin

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother – Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

The Tale of Despereaux – Written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Written by Judy Blume

Puss in Boots – Written by Charles Perault

The Adventures of Captain Underpants – Written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Goosebumps Most Wanted, Book – Written by R.L. Stine

Serafina series – Written by Robert Beatty

The Secret Garden – Written by Francis Hodgson Burnett

The Composition – Written by Antonio Skármeta

Sarah, Plain and Tall – Written by Patricia MacLachlan

Diary of a Worm – Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

Hi! Fly Guy – Written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 1 – Written by Jeff Kinney

The Illustrated Mum – Written by Jacqueline Wilson

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Written by JK Rowling

Ages 11 + Years

A Wrinkle in Time – Written by Madeleine L’Engle

The Diary of a Young Girl – Written by Anne Frank

Anne of Green Gables – Written by L. M. Montgomery

Tuck Everlasting – Written by Natalie Babbitt

Bud, Not Buddy – Written by Christopher Paul Curtis

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. – Written by Judy Blume

The Sisters Club – Written by Megan McDonald

Dork Diaries series – Written by Rachel Renée Russell

Harry Potter series – Written by JK Rowling

Bridge to Terabithia – Written by Katherine Paterson

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Through My Eyes – Written by Ruby Bridges

The Giver – Written by Lois Lowry

The Lightning Thief – Written by Rick Riordan

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – Written by C. S. Lewis

The Tales of Beedle the Bard – Written by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit – Written by J.R.R. Tolkien 

The Maze Runner – Written by James Dashner

Divergent – Written by Veronica Roth

The Hunger Games – Written by Suzanne Collins

HAPPY READING

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