Summer Reading for All Ages (Beyond Harry Potter)
by Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.
Summer Reading for
All Ages (Beyond Harry Potter)
Are you looking for something for your kids to read that’s fun, but can still be used to complete their summer reading requirements? Maybe they’ve already worked their way through the entire Hogwarts collection, or
maybe Harry Potter isn’t their thing.
Here’s a list of titles for all ages that will be sure to capture the imagination:
For Little Tykes (pre-K to 2)
These books are fun to read and have great illustrations. Whether they are new to you, or a reminder of an old classic, these books are sure to get your little ones’ attention
The 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!
Stand 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 someone who 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 monsters under the bed!
by Howie Schneider
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 book
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 brings
the age-old battle of getting ready to play out in a funny way for all
For 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 good writing,
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. Through
amusing language and quick writing, Fleischman makes kids laugh and
think as they read about the boys.
Make Four Million
Dollars by Next Thursday or Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
by Stephen Manes
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 stories of how you should always beware of something that’s just too good!
by Roald Dahl
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.
by Barbara Park
Every parent has seen their child talk their way straight into trouble. Well, in this funny story, Alex Frankovitch has pushed it a little too far, maybe. From the author of Junie B. Jones for the younger set, this book is a pleaser!
For 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 and good 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.
The 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.
Ruby Holler by
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 about
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 kingdom! This fast-paced story will have you in suspense from the beginning to the end.
Good luck with your summer reading! Enjoy!!
"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.