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Summer is coming, and even though it’s a time to have less structure and more downtime, you may want to make sure your kids’ brains are still working to some degree!

You don’t need to have them do workbooks all summer long, but what about encouraging reading? Reading builds vocabulary, attention span, and problem solving without actually seeming like work—especially if the book is a good fit for them.

I’ve compiled a list of 100 books for kids to read this summer, but this list also doubles as a potential list of read alouds if you have younger kids. You can get almost all of them on Amazon for $10 or less, but make sure to check out your library or even your own bookshelf to see if you already own them! (See how to save money by using the library!)

I’ve even made a FREE printable for your kids to use to choose which books from the list they’d like to read. There are usually 10-11 weeks in the summer between when school starts and ends, so have them look through the list and choose 10 books. They can then track their progress on the printable. Kids are more likely to read books that they have a say in choosing!

Don’t forget about all the summer reading programs that offer fun rewards to kids!

Download the free printable here!

Note: Of course, make sure to check to see if that book is appropriate for your kids before they start reading!

100 Books for Kids to Read This Summer

This is a long list, so I’ve also got it as a printable PDF. You can print it and use it as a checklist, and the PDF is also linked to the books on Amazon, so if you save it to your computer, you can access it easily if you need to buy a book. I’ve noted in this post and on the PDF which books are part of a series, so if one of your kids really loves the book, see if you can get the other books in the series, too!

Download the printable!

Now, on to the books!

A Long Way From Chicago
(series) by Richard Peck

A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) by Lemony Snicket

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins (series) by R. A. Spratt

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (series) by Lewis Carroll

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Birchbark House (series) by Louise Erdrich

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt

The Blue Sword (series) by Robin McKinley

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Bunnicula (series) by James Howe

Caddie Woodlawn (series) by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Cardboard Kingdom (series) by Chad Sell

The Castle in the Attic (series) by Elizabeth Winthrop

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia
(series) by C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Prydain
(series) by Lloyd Alexander

The City of Ember
(series) by Jeanne DuPrau

The Cricket in Times Square
(series) by George Selden

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

The Dark is Rising
(series) by Susan Cooper

The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

The Earthsea Cycle
(series) by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Egypt Game
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Eleanor Roosevelt
by Russell Freedman

Ella Enchanted
(series) by Gail Carson Levine

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg

The Graveyard Book
(series) by Neil Gaiman

Half Magic
(series) by Edward Eager

Half Upon a Time
(series) by James Riley

Harriet the Spy
(series) by Louise Fitzhugh

The Hobbit
by J. R. R.Tolkien

by Louis Sachar

The House of the Scorpion
(series) by Nancy Farmer

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

The House With a Clock in its Walls
(series) by John Bellairs

Howl’s Moving Castle
(series) by Dianna Wynne Jones

The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes

Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanha Lai

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick

Island of the Blue Dolphins
(series) by Scott O’Dell

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
by Julie Edwards

(series) by Marie Lu

Lifeboat 12
by Susan Hood

The Lincolns
by Candace Fleming

Little House on the Prairie
(series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Women
(series) by Louisa May Alcott

The Lost Girl
by Anne Ursu

Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli

Misty of Chincoteague
(series) by Marguerite Henry

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
(series) by Robert C. O’Brien

My Side of the Mountain
(series) by Jean Craighead George

New Kid
(series) by Jerry Craft

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry

Okay for Now
by Gary Schmidt

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

One Crazy Summer
(series) by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Parker Inheritance
by Varian Johnson

The Penderwicks
by Jeanne Birdsall

Peter Pan
(series) by J. M. Barrie

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster

Pippi Longstocking
(series) by Astrid Lindgren

(series) by Avi

(series) by Beverly Cleary

(series) by Brian Jacques

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
(series) by Mildred D. Taylor

Sarah, Plain and Tall
(series) by Patricia MacLachlan

The Saturdays
(series) by Elizabeth Enright

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Spiderwick Chronicles
(series) by Tony DiTerlizzi

(series) by Marissa Burt

The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann D. Wyss

The Sword in the Stone
(series) by T. H. White

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
(series) by Judy Blume

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

The Twenty-One Balloons
by William Pene du Bois

Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech

Watership Down
by Richard Adams

The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Wee Free Men
(series) by Terry Pratchett

West of the Moon
by Margi Preus

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin

Where The Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls


The Whipping Boy
by Sid Fleischman

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
(series) by John Aiken

Do you have plans for your kids to read this summer? Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping for them to read!

These 100 books for kids to read this summer will keep their brains sharp while they're out of school and give them a free outlet to another world!