Children who participate in summer reading are more likely to retain knowledge from the previous school year. Studies have shown, the act of reading stimulates the student's critical thinking center and keeps the synapses firing in their brain. Children who read will enhance their vocabulary and writing skills, and improve cognitave thinking, and students will maintain or enhance reading fluency skills.
Check out the list below to get ideas for some great summer reading!
Preschoolers & Kindergarteners
Elementary Grades 1–2
|Bailey Goes Camping by Kevin Henkes
Your little one who's too small for sleep-away camp is sure to enjoy this stay-at-home adventure.
|Clifford Takes a Trip by Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth's family is going on a vacation so far away Clifford can't come. Or can he?
|Gaspard at the Seashore by Anne Gutman
Charm your child with the tale of an earnest pooch who longs to windsurf — but he'll have to learn to swim first!
|Beach by Elisha Cooper
A day at the beach comes to life through the vivid illustrations of sand castles, seashells, and waves.
|How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
New York Times-bestselling picture book, features a dog named Rocket along with his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow Rocket as he learns to read all on his own!
Elementary Grades 3–5
|The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
Read in the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.
|Dilly's Summer Camp Diary by Cynthia Copeland Lewis
First-time campers will love this comic-book-style look at the highs and lows of sleep-away camp.
|Lottie's New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers
Hit the beach with a spirited chicken in this charming picture book.
|Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Dive into the ocean to see how a small fish outsmarts a big predator.
|Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
Your child will be dazzled by what Cassie Louise Lightfoot sees when she flies high above New York City on a hot summer night.
|The Dolphin Diaries series by Ben M. Baglio
Travel the oceans and uncover the secrets of dolphins.
|The Island Series by Gordon Korman
Follow six kids as they become lost at sea in the first book of a trilogy.
|Letters From Camp by Kate Klise
Delight in this spoof on summer-camp life told through notes, lists, and letters.
|A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Spend the season with two city-slicker kids visiting their grandma in a Newbery Honor book that spans summers from 1929–1942. Learn more.
|Crunch written by Leslie Connor
When their parents get stuck because of a severe fuel shortage, the five Marriss children must spend a summer fending for themselves and running the family bike business. 330 pages.
|A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
In this fun-filled update of “Sleeping Beauty,” Princess Talia is awakened by Jack, a Florida teen. Asthe two characters navigate the modern world, Talia turns Jack’s life upside down. 371 pages.
|Operation Redwood by S. Terrrell French
When Julian finds an email criticizing his uncle’s investment company for trying to destroy a redwood forest, he embarks on a campaign to save the trees. 355 pages.
|The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge
Hathin is caretaker for her sister Arilou, one of the Lost — those whose senses are “loosely tethered”to their bodies. After inspectors arrive to test Arilou’s gift, the siblings are launched on a trek that changes their world. 568 pages.
|Lawn Boy Returns by Gary Paulsen
With “The Summer of Lawn” almost over, the still unnamed twelve-year-old narrator from Lawn Boy experiences complication upon complication. 103 pages.
|Notes from the Dog written by Gary Paulsen
Finn, a shy teenager, is brought out of his shell by a new, cancer-stricken neighbor, who communicates her desire for a garden through dog-delivered notes. 135 pages.
|To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Set in Alabama in the 1930s this novel is told from the viewpoint of a child growing up in 1030's Alabama. The story deals with race, outcasts and growing up. It is a quick, well-written book that is easy to enjoy.
|1984 by George Orwell
1984 is a suspenseful and insightful novel that is as relevant today as when it was first written. This is definitely a must read for teens.
|Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World and 1984 are often found together summer reading lists, but they paint very different pictures of what the future may hold. Brave New World is witty, clever and will help students gain insight to understanding cultural references.
|A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
This is a great contemporary book that should make it on every summer reading list.
|Don't Know Much About...series of books by Kenneth C. Davis
Unplug from the internet and brush up on fascinating facts. Davis compliles a set of non-fiction books about popular subjects such as Space, History, The Earth, and more...
|Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfield
Hard driving, action packed adventure that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Follow Alek, heir to the Austrian empire on his journey.