Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Our library has a summer reading program in which children can earn prizes for reading a certain number of books. My children like to win the prizes as quickly as they can, so I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately for my younger two. Some of them I’m familiar with, and some of them I’ve never seen before. It’s been fun reading through all the books and finding new ones we like. Below is a list of just a few of our all-time favorites. If your library is sponsoring a reading program, give some of these a try:

Picture Books:


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Felicia Bond.Olivia by Ian FalconerA Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry and Marc SimontGoodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise BrownHorton Hears a Who, The Foot Book, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Tuesday and Flotsam by David Weisner (wordless picture books)

Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Other Books: 


Hatchet by Gary PaulsenSarah Plain and Tall and Number the Stars by Lois LowryMisty of Chincoteague by Marguerite HenryThe Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler WarnerMy Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

The American Girl series

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen

The Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester

Nothing But the Truth and The True Adventures of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

There are so many good books out there, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy them!


Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

Photo by Canton Public Library (MI)

Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com



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