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Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading

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Inside: Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading

You begin your kids’ summer with great intentions of daily reading time and prize-winning (a.k.a. completed) reading logs. Then, it’s a week later, and everyone has lost their reading logs and regularly complains of boredom.

The dreaded Brain Drain might be setting in already.

We’ve got you covered with ideas to kickstart summer reading again.

Ideas for Your Kid's Summer Reading

Did you already download our simplified Summer Reading Bucket List? (If not, be sure to grab that first!) The first section on the bucket list is all about reading a variety of books.

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Ideas for Your Kid’s Summer Reading

We have suggestions to get your kids reading different genres and checking off those Bucket List categories.

Check your library for these great titles!


Picture Book Biographies

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Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story is nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams.

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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade: Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire!

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Historical Fiction

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Dandelions

Dandelions

Embarking on a new life, Zoe and her family journey west to the Nebraska Territory in the 1800s. When Zoe and her family arrive at their claim, nothing distinguishes it from the miles and miles of surrounding prairie. Even after they build their soddie, the home can't be seen from any distance.

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Mountain Born

Mountain Born

A boy in a family of sheep farmers raises a black lamb to be the leader of the flock.

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Poetry & Rhyming Books

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A House Is a House for Me

A House Is a House for Me

Where does everyone and everythin live? A House Is a House for Me is a rollicking rhyme about houses. Some of the houses are familiar, such as an anthill and a dog kennel, while others are surprising, such as a corn husk and a pea pod.

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Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color

Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color

Beloved by critics and readers alike for nearly 60 years, Mary O’Neill’s timeless children’s book of poetry features twelve beautiful poems, and deeply luminous illustrations. Hailstones and Halibuts Bones is a perfect poetry addition to any home or classroom library.

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Books about Scientists & Mathematicians

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Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle: Sylvia Earle first lost her heart to the ocean as a young girl when she discovered the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico in her backyard.

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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead. When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern. 

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Books about Artists & Musicians

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw: He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers.

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A Band of Angels

A Band of Angels

A Band of Angels is fiction, but it is based on real events and people. The character of Ella was inspired by Ella Sheppard Moore, who was born February 4, 1851, in Nashville, Tennessee.Her father was able to free himself and young Ella from slavery, but before he could buy freedom for Ella's mother she was sold away.

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Mystery or Adventure Books

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

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

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere—to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant.

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Read more about the Simplified Summer Reading Bucket List and download it to kickstart your kids’ summer reading.

And search our Book Finder for other excellent book titles. It’s quick and easy! We’ve done the hard work curating great options. All you have to do is filter for preferences.

Share these suggestions with friends who could use a summer reading kickstart!


Check below for our other Summer Reading Ideas!

Summer Reading Bucket List

Ideas for Summer Reading

How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain with Great Stories

Poetry for Kids Summer Guide


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