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  • Writer's pictureR.C. Chizhov

Summer Reading List For Kids 2023

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Looking to take a break from theme parks, beach days, hikes, camping and bike rides and engage your kids in summer reading? As a mom and children's book author, I've read every book in this list and I think your young ones will enjoy them, no matter where your summer takes you!

Summer Reading List For Kids 2023

PICTURE BOOKS (Ages 3 - 8)

  • Summer Is For Cousins by Rajani LaRocca, Abhi Alwar

  • Vampire Vacation by Laura Lavoie, Micah Player

  • The Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

  • 100 Mighty Dinosaurs All Named Broccoli by David LaRochelle, Lion Cho

  • The Gift Of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

  • Pig the Tourist by Aaron Blabey

  • The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing

  • Love Monster and the Extremely Big Wave by Rachel Bright

  • Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Griffin, Maribel Lechuga


  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow

  • Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway, Sophie Härtling

  • Dogman by Dav Pilkey

  • Narwhal and Jelly by Ben Clanton

  • InvestiGators by John Patrick Green

  • Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby

  • The Questioneers by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts

  • Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott

  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

MIDDLE GRADE (Ages 8 -12)

  • The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate

  • On Air with Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

  • The Swifts by Beth Lincoln

  • Slander and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps

  • Lemonade Wars by Jacqueline Davies

  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

  • Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

  • The Human Kaboom by Adam Rubin

I hope you and your kids enjoy these books. Happy Summer!


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