December 17, 2017

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading ListHere are some great reads for independent readers that I’ve compiled over the years from my own experiences teaching high school, from my own kids’ favorites, and from quizzing my friends about what their kids are reading and loving.  The most feedback I’ve received is to try to balance the selections equally for boys and girls and I hope I’ve done so. Feel free to add book titles you’d like to see  in the comment section below.

In no particular order…


6-9 year olds

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon (the first 4 books in a very long series)
by Mary Pope Osborne

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor (first book of The Magic School Bus series)
by Joanna Cole

Hank the Cowdog: 20th Anniversary Edition
(first book of a series) by John R. Erickson

Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4)
by Barbara Park

Horrible Harry and the Secret Treasure(one of many books in the Horrible Harry series)
by Suzy Cline

The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files: Saxby Smart, Private Detective: Book 1

Nate the Great (first book of the Nate the Great series)
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries)(first book, the A title, in the alphabetical series)
by Ron Roy

The Hardy Boys
by Franklin Dixon

Alvin Ho Collection: Books 1 and 2: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things and Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters
first books in a series by Lenore Look

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
first book in a series by Lincoln Peirce

The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father
by Beverly Cleary

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
by Barbara O’Connor

Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton, No. 1)
first in the Geronimo Stilton series

Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
(first in a series) by Betty McDonald

The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks

Franny K. Stein’s Crate of Danger (Boxed Set): Lunch Walks Among Us; Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid; The Invisible Fran; The Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist)
series by Jim Benton

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (Secrets of Droon #1)
(first book in a series) by Tony Abbott

The Mysteries of Spider Kane (Spider Kane Mysteries)
by Mary Pope Osborne


9-12 year olds

The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (Matt Christopher Sports Classics)

(first book in the Sports series) by Matt Christopher

Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)
(first of the Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snickett

Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
by JK Rowling

How to Train Your Dragon Book 1
(first book in a series) by Cressida Cowell

A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet)
by Madeleine L’Engle

The Boxcar Children Books 1-4
(the first set in a series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics)
by Mildred D. Taylor

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume

Tuck Everlasting
by Natalie Babbitt

Anne of Green Gables (Modern Library Classics)by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Little House On The Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Harriet the Spy
(first book in a series) by Louise Fitzhugh

Stuart Little
by E. B. White

Al Capone Does My Shirts
(first book in a series) by Gennifer Choldenko

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry

Paul Jennings’ Weirdest Stories (Uncollected)
by Paul Jennings

Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles, Book 1)
(first book in a series) by Suzanne Collins

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest, 1)
(first book in a series) by Emily Rodda

The Magician’s Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo

The Swiss Family Robinson (Penguin Classics)
by Johann D. Wyss

First Light
by Rebecca Stead

by Gary Paulsen

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books
by Jeff Kinney

Kittens in the Kitchen (Animal Ark #1)(first book in a series) by Lucy Daniel

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell (Dear America)by Kristiana Gregory


For ages 12 and up

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retoldby Cynthia Rylant

Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

Brass Monkeys
by Terry Caszatt

Gone with the Wind, 75th Anniversary Edition
by Margaret Mitchell

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3)(first books in a series) by Rick Riordan

The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
(the first book in the Ember series) by Jeanne DuPrau

Night (Oprah’s Book Club)
by Elie Weisel

Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1)
by Orson Scott Card

Leven Thumps: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo; Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret
by Obert Skye

Heroby Mike Lupica

Take the Reins (Canterwood Crest #1)
(first in the Canterwood Crest series) by Jessica Burkhart

by Neil Schustermann

The Secret of the Scarlet Stone: A Gabby Girls Adventure Novel
by T.L. Clarke

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Harper Lee

by Laurie Halse Anderson

by Jennifer Donnelly

by Andy Mulligan

Last Night I Sang to the Monster
by Benjamin Saenz

by Marcus Sedgwick

The Lost Conspiracy
by Frances Hardinge

Marcelo In The Real World
by Francisco X. Stork

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead

The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One
(the first book in a trilogy) by Patrick Ness

The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1)
(the first book in a series) by John Flanagan

The Hunger Games – Library Editionby Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)by Suzanne Collins


And a final note…Kids are never too old to be read to. I am currently reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales aloud to my older two kids, ages 7 and 9.  The language is antiquated at times, so I alter some of the words while I read to them, but they beg for more of the stories! The tales are perfectly scary and suspenseful for their ages. I’m reading it from my Kindle, which offers a lot of free books, especially if the books are older.


Happy reading,