Summer Reading for
All Ages (Beyond Harry Potter)
you looking for something for your kids to read that’s
fun, but can still be used to complete their summer reading
they’ve already worked their way through the entire Hogwarts
maybe Harry Potter isn’t their thing. Here’s a list
of titles for all ages that
will be sure to capture the imagination:
Little Tykes (pre-K to 2)
These books are fun to read and have
Whether they are new to you, or a reminder of an old classic, these
sure to get your little ones’ attention
Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf
In this tale, a young bull lives his
life the way he sees
it- even if it’s not how others expect him to!
Tall Molly Lou
Melon by Patty Lovell
This is the inspiring story of a
little girl who thinks and
acts big enough to befriend the entire world. A perfect story for
needs a little encouragement to face the world on their own terms.
by Lyn Lee
Who hasn’t been afraid of
the critters that live under their
bed at night? In this delightful book, the tables are turned on the
under the bed!
Do you have a family pet that just
can’t seem to get the
hang of living in a people house? Is Fido always up to something? This
will remind readers that everyone grows up- sometime.
by Robert Munsch
Summertime may not bring thoughts of
snow to mind, but this
book will make you wish it was time for the white stuff! Robert Munsch
the age-old battle of getting ready to play out in a funny way for all
Older Readers (grades 3-5)
Here are a few ideas for shorter
chapter books that can tell
a great story, but not overwhelm the reader with length. These have
interesting characters, and good lessons to learn.
The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman
In this short novel, kids read about
a not-so-nice prince
and his servant as they have adventures in the time of the royal court.
amusing language and quick writing, Fleischman makes kids laugh and
they read about the boys.
Make Four Million
Dollars by Next Thursday or Be a
Perfect Person in
Just Three Days by Stephen
Have you ever wanted something, even
though it was too good
to be true? In these stories, join in the fun as Manes explores the
how you should always beware of something that’s just too
Twits by Roald
Most people know Dahl’s
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
but this funny short novel is sure to delight readers. The Twits may
not be the
nicest people around, but their story is sure to tickle your funny bone.
Every parent has seen their child
talk their way straight
into trouble. Well, in this funny story, Alex Frankovitch has pushed it
little too far, maybe. From the author of Junie B. Jones for the
this book is a pleaser!
the Oldest (and those who are still kids at heart!)
(grades 4 and up)
These books are a little longer, but
will still be just as
interesting at the end as they were in the beginning. Strong writing
stories make them winners!
Wishes, Kisses and
Pigs by Betsy Hearne
What would happen if you ever really
got that “first star”
wish? In this book, there’s a little magic and a lot of love
as Hearne tells
the story of a family wishing to get things right.
Cat Ate My Gymsuit
by Paula Danziger
Middle school is rough for everyone,
but even more so when
you feel a terrible injustice has been done! In this classic story of
conviction, kids will learn that doing what is right doesn’t
always come easy.
When two orphans come to live with a
couple in Ruby Holler,
they’re not sure exactly what a family is, but they know
they’ve never been in
one. Through their adventures, everyone comes to learn a little more
exactly what make people come together as a true family.
In this medieval tale, a young boy
goes from being a
nameless face in his village to one of the most hunted people in the
This fast-paced story will have you in suspense from the beginning to
luck with your summer reading! Enjoy!!
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