Happy First Day of Summer! Are you already wondering how to keep your kids entertained? To beat the heat and the screens, we’ve compiled a list of 12 books for kids of all ages.

P.S – All books are linked, but if you’d rather not buy online, check out your local library or Kid to Kid!


Ages 2-3

This #1 New York Times best-selling board book will become a bedtime favorite with its gentle rhymes and lively animations. 

#2 The Rainbow Fish

Ages 1-5

A perfect read to teach your kids about the importance of sharing and friendship, this classic will be one of your kid’s favorite books. 

#3 I Survived – book series

Ages 8-11 

This exciting 21-book series teaches kids about critical events in history from 1912 to 2018. Your kids can read the series all summer and pass them along to others as they finish. 

#4 The Seventh Most Important Thing

Ages 10-13

Touching on anger, art, redemption, and forgiveness, The Seventh Most Important Thing will teach kids there is often more than meets the eye.

#5 This One Summer

Ages 12-18 

About two girls on the cusp of their teen years, this award-winning graphic novel perfectly captures the summer where things change forever.

#6 James and The Giant Peach 

Ages 7-11 

This 60-year classic is a kid favorite with vivid imagery and out-there characters exploring mature themes such as death and hope.


Ages 3-6

The power goes out, and a family is forced to be together. No phones, no tv, just each other.

#8 The Upper World

Ages 13-17  

If you had the chance to change your future, would you? This teen sci-fi tale is a soon-to-be Netflix movie with Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya. Read this book before the movie comes out!

#9 The Moon Jumpers 

Ages 5-7 

From Maurice Sendak, illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, this book captures the wild imagination of a child as the sun sets and the moon rises.

#10 Thunder Boy Jr.

Ages 2-5

Celebrating the unique relationships between father and son, Thunder Jr. tells the story of a boy struggling to make a name for himself.

#11 The Bad Guys – a series

Ages 6-8

From the creator of Captain Underpants comes this New York Times bestselling series about bad guys who want to be good. Recently adapted into a movie, read a few of these books with your little ones, then watch the film for family movie night.

#12 Peter Pan and Wendy

Ages 9-12

This classic tale is being made into a live-action movie by Disney, coming out later in 2022. So read the classic story with your kids this summer to prepare for the movie!

Happy Summer and Happy Reading! 📖

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