Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

By Paul Hobday / July 14, 2021

While summer is the perfect time to get outside and explore with your kids, there’s no reason they can’t keep reading too!

Your kids certainly deserve to have fun this summer. Just don’t let that be an excuse to skip on summer learning activities! Even if summer reading lists started as a way for educators to help kids keep learning, if your kids love to read it won’t feel like a chore. 

Helping Kids Find The Right Books

Of course it’s great if you can take your kids to the library and let them pick out books. That’s not always a feasible option though. Luckily, the Scholastic site has a terrific guide to help you pick out the right books for your young readers!

When shopping for books online, always look for information about the intended age range. Most children’s books will state this in the description or display it on the cover. You can also check reviews to get a sense of how age-appropriate the book is.

It’s also valuable to think about what lessons the book teaches. Make certain the books on your child’s reading list reinforces important and timely lessons. For example, if your child is working on their alphabet, a book like A is for Alligator might be the perfect choice!

Keeping A Summer Reading Log

Do you meticulously track your books using Goodreads or Storygraph? Tracking what you read is a great way to set reading goals for yourself and to share your favorites with your friends. 

Help your kids learn about tracking their own reading with a reading log! I suggest this amazing reading log from ReadWriteThink, an organization loaded with free learning tools. Definitely worth checking out their downloadables.

Featured Summer Reading List

To help kick off your kid’s summer reading, we’ve got a few books from the Lulu bookstore your kids will love.


Unicorn Coloring Book

50 completely unique unicorn coloring pages for kids ages 4-10! Unicorns are so much fun to color because they lead such interesting, magical lives! They meet princesses, dragons and mermaids. They visit castles and enchanted woodlands, fly through stars and rainbow skies and even wind up in the Land of Sweets! Share the fun and magic of unicorns with a special child! This coloring book is a great non-screen activity to stimulate a child’s creativity and imagination. It makes a perfect gift! About this unicorn coloring book: • The pages are single-sided to prevent bleed-through, and so that pages can be removed and displayed. • We have carefully designed each page to be entertaining and suitable for children in the 4 to 10 year-old age range. We have avoided overly-intricate designs as well as overly-simplistic ones. We believe children of this age love coloring fun scenes that fire up their imaginations, not a book full of simple shapes. • The pages are a nice, large 8.5x11 size.

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Unicorn Coloring Book

I Turned Into A Zombie

My name is Wil. On my eleventh birthday, I turned into a zombie. One moment, I was enjoying video games. The next my skin was turning green. I even wanted to eat brains! There's only one thing that can save me. Junk food. Lots of junk food. You can read about the strange, gross and funny things that happened to me and my friends in my diary. I Turned Into a Zombie is a fun, engaging chapter book for kids that love stories where weird things happen.

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I Turned Into A Zombie

Let's Go For A Run

Come join the Beehealthy children on a running adventure you will never forget. Treading through mud, slipping on ice, hopping onto rocks, crawling through branches in the forest. The adventure is endless! Do your best to spot the bear and beware of the GREAT BIG FOREST DOG!!! In this unique, interactive book, the BeeHealthy children embark on an epic journey that utilises their fundamental movements to overcome a range of obstacles on the way.

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Let's Go For A Run

Pork Buns and High-Fives

This is a story of an Asian boy growing up in Silicon Valley, California. It is a wonderful coming-of-age true story that shares a powerful theme of overcoming differences, and rising above personal challenges. This inspiring story includes parental wisdom, direction and love. The chapters convey various situations that many children face today. The reader will get a glimpse of Chinese culture. It is a real page turner recommended for children and adults.

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Pork Buns and High-Fives

Sometimes a Shoe is a Shoe

We wear our shoes on our feet, but what would a frog do with our shoes? With simple rhyme and colorful pictures, we'll discover shoes being put to use by our animal friends, can you think of how? I'll give you a hint: they're not on their feet!

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Sometimes a Shoe is a Shoe

I Want to Dance like a Koala Bear

Told in cheerful rhymes and lively illustrations, "I Want to Dance like a Koala Bear" celebrates our desire to dance. A perfect read-aloud book to remind everyone that life is better when you dance your heart out! Parent resource included: Child-friendly definitions to describe the meaning of sophisticated vocabulary words used in the book. Con rimas alegres e ilustraciones vibrantes, "Quiero bailar como un koala" celebra nuestro deseo de bailar. Un libro perfecto para leer en voz alta que nos recuerda que la vida es mejor cuando bailamos con el corazón. Se incluye recurso para padres: Explicaciones sencillas para describir el significado de palabras sofisticadas utilizadas en el libro.

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I Want to Dance like a Koala Bear

A Is For Alligator

A Is For Alligator is a fantastic teaching tool! Each page of this delightful book is full of bright and cheerful original watercolor artwork accompanied by a catchy rhyme for each letter of the alphabet. Children will enjoy learning their letters while flipping through the colorful pages again and again!

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A Is For Alligator

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