Summer Reading List: Books Our Family Loves

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained during the summer? Check out our family’s favorite books! These selections are perfect for readers of all ages and levels, including those who might need a little extra encouragement to pick up a book.

1. For Toddlers: “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle

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This charming book with its rhythmic text and delightful story about friendship and helping others is perfect for bedtime stories.

2. For Preschoolers: “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin

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Pete the Cat teaches colors and resilience in the face of setbacks, all while keeping a song in his heart.

3. For Early Readers: “Dog Man” by Dav Pilkey

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A comic book series that blends humor with heroics, ideal for encouraging hesitant young readers with its engaging and accessible format.

4. For Emerging Readers: “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty

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Inspiring curiosity and scientific thinking, this book is great for kids who love to ask “why” and “how.”

5. For Ages 6-8: “The Princess in Black” by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

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An action-packed series that breaks stereotypes, perfect for young readers who enjoy adventure and fantasy.

6. For Ages 8-10: “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown

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A heartwarming tale that combines elements of technology and nature, sparking imagination in young minds.

7. For Preteens: “El Deafo” by Cece Bell

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A graphic novel that offers a window into the life of a girl growing up with a hearing impairment, celebrated for its humor and honesty.

8. For Middle Schoolers: “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds

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An engaging story about a track star with a troubled past, ideal for discussions about resilience and personal growth.

9. For Young Teens: “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander

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A novel in verse that beautifully mixes basketball with family dynamics, appealing to sports fans and poetry lovers alike.

10. For Advanced Middle Graders: “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart

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This series is filled with puzzles and mysteries, perfect for kids who love problem-solving and adventure.

11. For High School Freshmen: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon

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Offers a perspective from a protagonist with autism, blending mystery with an insightful look into different ways of seeing the world.

12. For Teens: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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A lyrical exploration of friendship and identity that resonates deeply with older teens.

13. For the Family: “Swallows and Amazons” by Arthur Ransome

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A delightful adventure tale that can be read aloud to the whole family, filled with exploration and imagination.

14. For Neurodiverse Readers: “The London Eye Mystery” by Siobhan Dowd

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This mystery novel features a protagonist with Asperger’s syndrome, making it a great choice for fostering understanding and empathy.

15. For Nature Lovers: “The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate” by Jacqueline Kelly

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A historical novel that encourages exploration of the natural world and scientific discovery.

16. For Historical Fiction Fans: “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson

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An intense, gripping story about the American Revolution, offering a unique perspective on freedom and independence.

17. For Fantasy Enthusiasts: “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor

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A thrilling tale that introduces readers to magical worlds influenced by African mythology.

18. For Everyone Needing a Laugh: “The Terrible Two” by Mac Barnett and Jory John

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A hilarious series about pranks and friendship, perfect for light summer reading that will keep everyone giggling.

Happy Reading!

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This list promises to bring new worlds and adventures to your family’s summer, catering to diverse interests and expanding horizons beyond the well-trodden paths of popular literature. Enjoy the journey!

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