Kids go crazy for summer vacation.  Hanging out with friends, neighborhood pool parties, Fortnite binges, and more importantly no homework!  We all need time to relax, but when it comes to summer break, we don’t want our kids turning into lazy couch potatoes.  As parents, promoting summer reading will keep your kids productive in the dog days of summer.

If your child’s school doesn’t already have a summer reading program, search the different programs in your area or start a program on your own. Take a look on Pearachute to find family reading events and more at your local library!

Whether you are inside or being a bookworm under the sun, there is a book for all ages. Here is a list of great summer reads that you and your kids will hate to put down!  

Summer Reading, Ages 3-5:

Look I’m an Engineer by DK

This early learning children’s book will excite little ones by revealing the everyday ways they can be an engineer. Children are born with everything they need to be great engineers. They have inquisitive minds, unlimited imagination, and super senses. In this book, little readers are encouraged to use their senses to investigate. They learn how to make the strongest paper bridges, make the best parachutes, and more!

There’s a Dragon in Your Book By Tom Fletcher, Illustrated by Greg Abbott

Tom Fletcher’s infectious read-aloud book invites kids to use their powers of imagination. It asks them to interact with some stamping, blowing, and flapping. Act fast before the adorable little dragon’s flammable sneezes! Children will be delighted to participate in this satisfying tale.

All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

All Are Welcome is a perfect book to help kids starting at a new school in the fall.  A welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms.

Summer Reading, Ages 6-8:

My First Coding Book By Kiki Prottsman

Is your child the next tech genius!? This book teaches young children the basics of programming and concepts necessary to code without a computer!  This book is filled with puzzles and games to teach the basic concepts of algorithms and debugging. It will help children develop critical thinking, logic, and other skills to cement lifelong computer literacy.

Rock Star – Jada Jones Series By Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Kids will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.  The Jada Jones series is a perfect collection for newly independent readers.

The Dot By Peter Reynolds

With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices us to make a mark and follow where it takes us.  A great story that brings children on a journey of surprise and self-discovery. The Dot brings out the creative spirit in all of us!

Summer Reading, Ages 9-12:

Hoot By Carl Hiaasen

This Newbery Honor-winning classic teaches us that anybody can make a difference. This hilarious Floridian adventure involves new kids, bullies, alligators, eco-warriors, pancakes, pint-sized owls, and more. A New York Times bestseller that every middle schooler should read this summer.  

Holes By Louis Sachar

This #1 New York Times bestselling novel is a modern classic. The story focuses on a group of boys forced to dig holes day in and day out.  Not only is this a classic story for all new independent readers, the movie is a perfect selection for family movie night! Only after your child finishes the book of course! 😉

The Lightning Thief – Percy Jackson & the Olympians By Rick Riordan

Book #1 of this New York Times best-selling series, is packed with allusions to greek mythology. It follows a young hero’s journey that questions our world, family, friendship, and loyalty. Your child will be asking to buy the next book after they fly through this adventurous tale.

Looking for other ideas? Find storytimes, toddler tales, book babies, and different events at your local library on Pearachute.

Summer Reading, for the Parents:

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors By Sonali Dev

Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco. Every black sheep needs to bring this read on their next vacation.

The Orphan’s Tale By Pam Jenoff

A New York Times bestseller, The Orphan’s Tale is a story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.  A tale filled with secrets, lies, treachery, and passion. This novel will turn the page itself!

Something in the Water By Catheirne Steadman

If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? This New York Times Bestseller begins with a shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise. It will changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller.

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