Reader Interactions


  1. Thank you for again sharing your list.Our daughters seem to have similar tastes in books. Have a great summer!

  2. I remember reading and love the Anne of Green Gables series when I was about that age, as well as The Hobbit followed by the Lord of the Rings books. I chain read them both in the same summer, and I can still remember the joy and thrills of reading through these two very different series. I haven’t read many of the other books on your list, but I jotted them down to keep the titles on file for when my boys are a bit older. Thank you for sharing!

  3. The PDF link is not working for me. Love the list! My 11 year old boy would love a lot of these, thanks for sharing!

  4. So happy to hear Tate is a May B. fan! That girl is extra special to me, and it’s still amazing to realize other readers know and love her, too.

    A funny Mighty Miss Malone / Christopher Paul Curtis story: I happened to be at a Random House dinner (as a very, very, very junior author) a few months after Miss Malone came out and ran into CPC. I’d been a fan forever and had shared his books with countless students over the years. So to see him there, well, I just said the first thing I thought of, which was “I love you! I love you!” I was beyond embarrassed, but he was very kind. Let’s just say I went home and practiced saying “I love your work” over and over for future run ins like this. 😉

    • I love this story! It sounds like something I would do. Also, I just finished reading Blue Birds and it was so lovely. You have a beautiful narrative voice.

    • I’ve had similar stories with fellow authors, accidentally gushing before I knew what to do with myself. 😉

      Can’t wait for your next book!

  5. I can’t wait to share this list with my ten-year-old! He loved several of the books listed here and is always looking for more recommendations. Rain, Reign was my favorite chapter book for children that I read last year, it’s a beautiful story. Please thank Tate for her recommendations from us! Here are a few recommendations from my son that he shared on my blog a couple of months ago if you’d like to share with Tate:

  6. I have to comment because I loved The Westing Game growing up, and recently found it in storage at my parents and brought it home for my kids (12 and 8). Instilling my love of books in them is at the top of my parenting priorities. Thanks for this great list! :)

    • Isn’t that one of the best books ever? That and A Wrinkle in Time are the first books that I remember staying with me for weeks afterwards.

      • Me too! 1. Wrinkle in Time, 2. Westing Game, and 3. The Dark is Rising. (Susan Cooper). Loved the list for my 11 year old daughter, and for myself.

  7. Your daughter, must, must read the Booky series! The first one is “That Scatterbrain, Booky”.

  8. Thanks for sharing your list! Looks like some great books for our family to read. We have been diving into The 39 Clues series. It is put out by Scholastic by a series of different authors. They travel all of the world looking for clues. There are many close calls in their adventures. We like to listen to the audio books on our way to school.

  9. This is a great list, thank you! Will add some of these to my 10 year old’s list for the summer – she’s quickly making her way through her list!

  10. LOVE these books at our house. Curious – have you all read Wildwood? Love the story.
    My 11 year old trying reading it last year, but the vocabulary was hard for her – which is unusual for her. There were some words I didn’t even know!! Hello dictionary. We ended up putting it away for awhile.
    Maybe we should try it again?

  11. So many of these books were favorites of my kids, but there are some on the list I hadn’t heard of. Perfect timing as my son is 10 and we’re trying to expand on his exclusive consumption of graphic novels. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I showed the list to my daughter and she picked 7 to read this summer, there were a few that she had been wanting to read and has read. Thanks again!

  13. What a great list! I want to read these books and my daughter is only 2 and a half. Maybe I’ll just get a head start reading some of them that I haven’t already read so that we can share them when she is older. 😀

  14. Great list! Glad to see a couple we haven’t read. We just finished the 4th Penderwick book (read them all as read-alouds to all 3 girls). We all loved them so much!

  15. Thanks for the list! My gal is a big reader (we’re a family of nerds) and I’m glad to have some recs to guide her choices this summer. And seeing a few of our faves on the list gives me confidence that we’ll dig many of the rest!

  16. What age did you start summer reading lists? My 4.5 year old enjoys books and we’re transitioning into learning sight words from basic phonics.