Summer Reading List Ideas for Your Kiddos

July 21, 2016

As a kid, if you love to read, then summer reading is one of the best parts of summer. You get to choose your own adventure and get lost in a good book without school work getting in the way. If your kiddo isn’t a big reader, then summer reading may be more like pulling teeth. Either way, a summer reading challenge will help your little ones keep their vocabulary and comprehension skills strong; which in turn makes going back to school that much easier. We love reading at Snip-its and know just how important a summer reading program can be. Here’s our list of great books and amazing programs which just may help put the fun back in summer reading!

Join a Summer Reading Program

Challenging kids to read and having a list of programs to join will keep them reading and interacting with other kids who are also reading. Plus, many offer a FREE book or other fun prizes!

  • Local Library – The librarians at your local library are book experts and they love picking out books your little one will love too. There’s usually a number of activities and groups at the library to entertain the most difficult of young readers. Many libraries have summer reading challenges on-line as well as in the library.
  • Book Stores – Most book stores, whether they are local independent sellers or national corporations, have themed reading programs and challenges. Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Triathlon is once such program this summer.
  • Book Publishers – Publishing sites usually have well thought out and extensive on-line programs with book logs, tracking, discussions, new content from their authors, games and prizes. Check out Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program for starters!

Our Summer Reading List Picks:

Early Readers

Wimpy Kid  Diary of a Wimpy Kid by: Jeff Kinney

Big Nate  Big Nate by: Lincoln Peirce

Wonder  Wonder by: R.J. Palacio

Adventure Books

BFG  BFG by: Roald Dahl

Shipwreck Island  Shipwreck Island by: SA Bodeen


Windsnap  The Tail of Emily Windsnap by: Liz Kessler & Sarah Gibb

The Land of Stories  The Wishing Well (Land of Stories series) by: Chris Colfer

Award Winning

American Born Chinese  American Born Chinese by: Gene Luen Yang

de la Pena  The Last Stop on Market Street by: Matt de la Pena

2016 Summer Olympic Tie-In

Nadia  Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by: Karli Gray

Library Olympics  Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by: Chris Grabenstein


BellyUp  Belly Up by: Stuart Gibbs

The Gallery  The Gallery by: Laura Max Fitzgerald