The Ultimate Summer Reading List for All Ages

Jun 19, 2018 at 11:50 a.m. ET
This age-by-age guide will help your kids discover the beauty of reading this summer.
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Reading early and often offers a ton of benefits, both for kids and for their parents. Not only does it build language skills, but it also increases the ability to visualize and use imaginative thinking to foster empathy and understanding. Reading also shapes social and emotional development and helps parents and kids bond without distraction — something that often seems increasingly hard to come by. Even just one story at bedtime helps to create a habit that has lifelong benefits.

The titles ahead are a mix of classics and newer works that so many parents have loved reading and sharing over the years. Try to talk to your child about what you're reading, whether you're reading together or solo, and see what they think of the book. Not only will this help you to find other future favorites, but it will provide insight into how your child is thinking and growing in other ways as well. Parent tip: If reading isn't their favorite activity, try setting up a "book picnic" with lemonade and snacks — it works wonders to sell summertime reading.  

A version of this article was originally published in June 2017.

1 /29: 0 – 3: 'Over in the Meadow'

'Over in the Meadow' by Olive A. Wadsworth
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1/29 :0 – 3: 'Over in the Meadow'

2 /29: 0 – 3: 'In the Night Kitchen'

'In the Night Kitchen' by Maurice Sendak
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2/29 :0 – 3: 'In the Night Kitchen'

3 /29: 0 – 3: 'Hippos Go Beserk!'

'Hippos Go Beserk!' by Sandra Boynton
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3/29 :0 – 3: 'Hippos Go Beserk!'

4 /29: 0 – 3: 'Hush! A Thai Lullaby'

'Hush! A Thai Lullaby' by Minfong Ho
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4/29 :0 – 3: 'Hush! A Thai Lullaby'

5 /29: 0 – 3: 'Blueberries for Sal'

'Blueberries for Sal' by Robert McCloskey
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5/29 :0 – 3: 'Blueberries for Sal'

6 /29: 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'

'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?' by Bill Martin Jr.
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6/29 :'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'

7 /29: 0 – 3: 'Tails'

'Tails' by Matthew Van Fleet
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7/29 :0 – 3: 'Tails'

8 /29: 4 – 6: 'The Seven Silly Eaters'

'The Seven Silly Eaters' by Mary Ann Hoberman
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8/29 :4 – 6: 'The Seven Silly Eaters'

9 /29: 4 – 6: 'Monsoon'

'Monsoon' by Uma Krishnaswami
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9/29 :4 – 6: 'Monsoon'

10 /29: 4 – 6: 'Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like'

'Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like' by Jay Williams
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10/29 :4 – 6: 'Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like'

11 /29: 4 – 6: 'Bee-Bim Bop!'

'Bee-Bim Bop!' by Linda Sue Park
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11/29 :4 – 6: 'Bee-Bim Bop!'

12 /29: 4 – 6: 'Chrysanthemum'

'Chrysanthemum' by Kevin Henkes
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12/29 :4 – 6: 'Chrysanthemum'

13 /29: 4 – 6: 'The Rainbow Goblins'

'The Rainbow Goblins' by Ul de Rico
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13/29 :4 – 6: 'The Rainbow Goblins'

14 /29: 4 – 6: 'Tar Beach'

'Tar Beach' by Faith Ringgold
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14/29 :4 – 6: 'Tar Beach'

15 /29: 7 – 9: 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'

'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' by Judy Blume
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15/29 :7 – 9: 'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing'

16 /29: 7 – 9: 'Ronia, the Robber's Daughter'

'Ronia, the Robber's Daughter' by Astrid Lindgren
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16/29 :7 – 9: 'Ronia, the Robber's Daughter'

17 /29: 7 – 9: 'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler'

'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' by E.L. Konigsburg
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17/29 :7 – 9: 'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler'

18 /29: 7 – 9: 'The Egypt Game'

'The Egypt Game' by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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18/29 :7 – 9: 'The Egypt Game'

19 /29: 7 – 9: 'A Box of Clementines'

'A Box of Clementines' by Sara Pennypacker
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19/29 :7 – 9: 'A Box of Clementines'

20 /29: 7 – 9: 'Danny the Champion of the World'

'Danny the Champion of the World' by Roald Dahl
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20/29 :7 – 9: 'Danny the Champion of the World'

21 /29: 7 – 9: 'The Hundred Dresses'

'The Hundred Dresses' by Eleanor Estes
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21/29 :7 – 9: 'The Hundred Dresses'

22 /29: 10 – 12: 'I Survived'

'I Survived' by Lauren Tarshis
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22/29 :10 – 12: 'I Survived'

23 /29: 10 – 12: 'The Mysterious Benedict Society'

'The Mysterious Benedict Society' by Trenton Lee Stewart
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23/29 :10 – 12: 'The Mysterious Benedict Society'

24 /29: 10 – 12: 'The One and Only Ivan'

'The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate
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24/29 :10 – 12: 'The One and Only Ivan'

25 /29: 10 – 12: 'Where the Red Fern Grows'

'Where the Red Fern Grows' by Wilson Rawls
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25/29 :10 – 12: 'Where the Red Fern Grows'

26 /29: 10 – 12: 'The Westing Game'

'The Westing Game' by Ellen Raskin
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26/29 :10 – 12: 'The Westing Game'

27 /29: 10 – 12: 'Bridge to Terabithia'

'Bridge to Terabithia' by Katherine Paterson
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27/29 :10 – 12: 'Bridge to Terabithia'

28 /29: 10 – 12: 'The Saturdays'

'The Saturdays' by Elizabeth Enright
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28/29 :10 – 12: 'The Saturdays'

29 /29: Pin It!

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29/29 :Pin It!