Summer is the perfect time for kids to catch up on their reading! Here are 10 great books for kids to read this summer.
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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat is a beloved classic by Dr. Seuss that has been enchanting young readers for generations. The story follows the mischievous antics of the Cat in the Hat as he turns a boring rainy day into an adventure for two children. Filled with Seuss’s trademark rhymes and illustrations, The Cat in the Hat is a timeless tale that will delight readers of all ages.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic book that has been beloved by children for decades. The story follows a caterpillar who eats his way through a variety of foods, eventually turning into a beautiful butterfly. The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the story is simple enough for even very young children to follow. This is a great book for kids to read during the summer months, as it will help them learn about metamorphosis and the life cycle of insects.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
This classic tale of a silly bear and his animal friends has charmed young readers for generations. The simple prose and delightful illustrations make this an ideal choice for beginning readers or for parents to read aloud to their children.
The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears is a series of children’s books created by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson during the course of each story.
Since the debut of the first Berenstain Bears book in 1962, over 300 titles have been published, making it one of the longest-running children’s book series ever. More than 260 million copies have been sold, and the series has been translated into nearly two dozen languages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This classic tale follows the story of young Charlie Bucket and his grand adventure through Willy Wonka’s world-famous chocolate factory. Along the way, Charlie meets several interesting characters, including Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teevee. A timeless story of imagination, fun, and excitement, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is sure to please any reader young or old.
The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series, and it sets the stage for all the rest of the books. In this story, eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, find a magic tree house in the woods. The tree house is full of books, and one of them is about dinosaurs. When Jack and Annie touch the book, they are magically transported back in time to meet a baby T. rex. This is a great book for kids who are just starting to read chapter books.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
With the release of the eighth and final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” last summer, kids finally have the chance to read all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. While the books are generally appropriate for ages 9 and up, some younger children have been known to read them as well. For kids who want a bit of extra guidance, there are also now audio versions of all seven books, read by British actor Jim Dale.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is one of the most popular books for kids to read this summer. The book is about a middle school kid named Greg Heffley who keeps a diary of his everyday life. The diary entries are full of Greg’s wit and humor, and kids will enjoy reading about his wacky adventures.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
This action-packed series follows Percy Jackson, a young demigod (half human, half god), as he and his friends go on adventures to save the world from monsters.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, now is the time. This dystopian novel set in Panem has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning a movie franchise and legions of fans. The story follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who is forced to compete in a brutal televised fight to the death. The Hunger Games is full of action, suspense, and romance, and it will keep you glued to the page from start to finish.