In summertime, the livin’s easy. Lots of sunshine, lemonade, and, most importantly, books! Making a summer reading list for yourself or your kids and students can be challenging. Either you don’t know what to pick or there are too many options to pick from. To help you in your summer reading list making, we’ve put together some great summer reading titles for all ages. Also, if you’re looking for summer-themed reading, check out our summer-themed reading round-up!

Picture Books

Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett

Prince Ribbit

Enchanted prince or just a plain old frog? Pucker up, princesses! There’s only one way to find out… Jonathan Emmett’s clever twist on the “The Frog Prince” pits a spunky, bespectacled princess against a sly amphibian to teach a charming lesson on the pitfalls of trusting everything you read.


Little Red by Bethan Woollvin


Little Red

The big bad wolf has a plan…but so does Little Red! In this updated fairy tale with a mischievous twist, talented newcomer Bethan Woollvin uses sly humor, striking visuals, and dark irreverence to turn a familiar tale on its head.

Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth

Tiger in My Soup

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to get your big sister to read your favorite book to you. Sometimes you have to go to great lengths even to get her attention! But if you’re really creative and use your imagination, you might just get what you want. Take care, though, not to go too far. Once you conjure up a tiger, there’s no telling where it might lead… Author Kashmira Sheth brings readers a humorous, reading-centered story of the dynamic between a younger brother and older sister.Also check out:

The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex LatimerCaptain Small Pig by Martin Waddell


Illustrated Chapter Books
A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery. King, Kayla, and Grandma find a dog who has lost his human family. What does Kayla know? ―This dog doesn’t have a collar or any tags. He can sit, lie down, and shake hands. No one around here knows who he is. What does King know? ―The dog’s family is staying at a campground. Can they figure out who he is and where his family is?
Claude at the Beach by Alex Smith
Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (who is both a sock and very bobbly), pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. Quirky, delightfully odd, and positively surreal, Alex T. Smith’s illustrated early chapter book series promises giggle-filled bedtime reading and a laugh-out-loud option for readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

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Claude at the Circus by Alex SmithKing & Kayla Secret Code by Dori Butler

Middle Grade

Leo Dog of the Sea by Alison Hart


After three ocean voyages, Leo, a hardened old sea dog, knows not to trust anyone but himself. But when he sets sail with Magellan on a journey to find a westward route to the Spice Islands, he develops new friendships with Magellan’s scribe, Pigafetta, and Marco, his page. In the fourth book of their Dog Chronicles series, Alison Hart and Michael Montgomery bring readers an exciting tale of friendship and loyalty through the eyes of a dog.
Golden Glove by Fred Bowen

The Golden Glove

Without his lucky glove, Jamie doesn’t believe in his ability to lead his baseball team to victory. Jamie lovingly oiled his glove all winter and, as the season approaches, he—and his glove—are in top form. When he carelessly loses his glove, he also loses his faith in himself and it shows in his playing. Author Fred Bowen continues his Sports Story series with play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats! An afterword provides the real story behind baseball gloves.

Charlie Bumpers Puny Pirates by Bill Harley

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates

Charlie Bumpers is finally on the same soccer team as his two best friends, and they’re sure the Pirates will be the best team ever! But their high hopes are crushed on the first day of practice. Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley continues his fun series for young readers, using humor to illuminate important values such as working together as a team and making the best of a bad situation. For more on this series, visit the Charlie Bumpers website here.

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Outside Shot by Fred BowenFinder Coal Mine Dog by Alison HartCharlie Bumpers vs. Perfect Turkey by Bill Harley

Young Adult

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson


Jennifer can’t go on like this—binging, purging, starving, and all while trying to appear like she’s got it all together. But when she finally confesses her secret to her parents and is hospitalized at the Samuel Tuke Center, her journey is only beginning.Using her trademark dark humor and powerful emotion, J. J. Johnson tells an inspiring story based on her own experience when she was hospitalized for an eating disorder as a teenager. The innovative format using blank verse and prose, changes in tense and voice, and forms, workbooks, and journal entries mirror Jennifer’s progress toward a healthy body.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life in Outer Space

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft—and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won’t. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own—and he seems to be a part of it! Author Melissa Keil will have readers falling in love with these relatable characters. Sam’s exceptional voice gives a hilarious and painfully accurate take on high school life.
You can find these books and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.