Summer is a chance when you can get your children to really enjoy reading. Take them to libraries and book stores, allowing them to browse and find genres that interest them. Reading for pleasure and enjoyment is the foundation of becoming a lifelong learner. Don’t forget to continue reading out loud to your children, even as them enter the upper elementary grades. You can find some good tips in this literacy series.

Here is a list of some suggested summer reading that your children won’t want to put down, split into lower elementary and upper elementary grades!

Kindergarten-2rd Grade

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs By: Mo Willems

My Father’s Dragon By: Ruth Stlies Gannett (**Highly recommended as a family read aloud story!!!)

Dragons Love Tacos By: Adam Rubin

Ducks Go Vroom By: Jane Kohuth (**Perfect for emerging readers)

Hi! Fly Guy! By: Tedd Arnold

The Three Ninja Pigs By: Corey Rosen Schwartz

The Newsy News Newsletter By: Karen English

3th-6th Grade

The Invention of Hugo Cabret By: Brain Seiznick A MUST READ BY ALL

The Secret Garden By: Frances Burnett

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe By: C.S. Lewis (**If your child loves the adventures in this book, read the entire series.)

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler By: E. L. Konigsburg (A favorite of mine and my daughter!)

The Phantom Tollbooth By: Norton Juster

Harriet the Spy By: Louise Fitzhugh

How to Eat Fried Worms By: Thomas Rockwell

Check back soon for lists for Simply Summer Reading Lists for middle school and high school students!