Summer Reading {Book Ideas For The Kids}

Summer reading for kids

My kids love to read and I’m always on the look out for new books for them to dive into.  Especially in the summer time!

Here are some of our new (and old) favorite books:

Michael Vey (ages 11 and up will enjoy)

My 13 year old daughter just read this book.  She couldn’t put it down!  One night she stayed up until 2am reading it!  My 16 year old son and 10 1/2 year old daughter are going to read it next.  I’m hoping to read it soon too!

Percy Jackson Series (ages 10 and up)

My 4 oldest children have read or are reading this series.  They say the movie isn’t nearly as good as the books (isn’t that always the case?).  Right now you can get all three books in the series on Amazon for $13.59 (paperback boxed set).  In fact, my nearly 9 and 11 year old son and daughter each have a copy of the book and are reading it at the same time (they enjoy talking about it together too).

Warriors Series (ages 8-12)

When my oldest was in 3rd grade he started reading this huge series of books and loved them.   Over the past year or so my 10 year old daughter has been reading these and loved them as well.  I don’t know about your kids, but my kids LOVE books that are in a series!

There are several series with in this family of  Warriors books:

Heros of Olympus Series (ages 10 and up)

Another favorite in my household.  This series is a sequel to the Percy Jackson series.

The Vanishing Game (12 and up)

I got to read a book!   In March I was ill and on bed rest for more than a week.  This is one of the books I enjoyed reading!  I enjoyed all the twists and turns and have it on a list of books for my two oldest to read. It’s full of suspense, and an unexpected ending that left me floored!

And of course The Hunger Games and Harry Potter have been favorites as well!

What books do your kids love?  I’d love more suggestions to keep the summer reading going at my house!

I also found that Amazon has a Summer Reading for Kids Page with book ideas from baby to young adult!

See this post for a list of the Summer Reading Programs available this summer!

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  • Anna

    My 9 year old loves the Hardy Boys series, Percy Jackson, we just started a new one called Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. We’ve also read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo, The Little House in the Big Woods and The Chronicles of Narnia series out loud. All good books! My seven year old really enjoyed the Mercy Watson series by Kate Dicamillo and The Magic School Bus Chapter Book Series. We love Summer Reading!

    • Thanks for the ideas Anna! I forgot about the other Susan Collins books. And we’ll hvae to check ou the Mercy Watson series for my 8 year old!

    • Vanessa

      I read Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and LOVED it.

      I also recommend The Hero & the Crown by Robin McKinley, The Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Inkheart and Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Peter & the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, and Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson.

      Some great classics are 20 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, and The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling.

  • My 11 year old son loves the Conspiracy 365 series!

  • Amber

    Peter and the Starcatchers is a WONDERFUL series! My boys both read the series last summer and I did too! Then we listened to the books on CD as we drove to Disneyland! (12 and up)
    My boys also loved the Red Wall series, and Eragon. My 9 year old daughter loves Judy Moody books as well as Little House on the Prairie on CD’s.

  • Kimberly Green

    I am listing a ton of different books with approximate grade levels.

    Series : 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson. – 4/5th grade

    Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road – 3rd grade
    Series: The Last Dragon Chronicals – 4/5/6th grade – they get more difficult to read as the series progresses – My students LOVED LOVED this series – starts with a book called Fire with In – BY Chris d’Lacey

    Books –
    Once upon a Marigold – 4/5 grade,
    Diamond Willow -5/6 grade,
    The Last newspaper boy – 4th grade,
    Pictures of Hollis Woods – 4/5/6th grade
    Walk Two Moons – 5 grade by Sharon Creech – ANything by her is amazing!
    11 Birthdays – Wendy Mass – 4/5th grade
    The Magical Mrs. Plum – 3rd grde bonny Becker
    Mr. Poppers Penguins – 3rd grade
    Mouse and the Motorcycle – 3rd grade

  • Kimberly Green

    Another series that I just thought of: Magyk by Angie Sage – ages 9+

  • Ellen

    Donita K. Paul has a great fantasy series out. They were popular with the kids because magic/dragons and I thought they were very well written. They remind me of C.S. Lewis.

  • Karen Pullam

    How about Roald Dahl? Many great titles!

  • Good recs…my little ones are in on the summer reading program at the library and some of these are perfect for them. The goal is to read 20 minutes a night…ha, in this family we’ve killed that before breakfast is over. :p

  • ^ Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah. Second the Dahl recommendation!

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