Summer reading: books to have on your list

Summer is the perfect time for kids to embark on thrilling literary adventures that transport them to faraway lands, spark their imagination and ignite their love for reading. There's no shortage of captivating stories to keep young readers entertained all season long. Here's our curated list of must-read books for kids to add to their summer reading list and tips for parents to help with reading at home!


"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling


Join Harry Potter as he discovers the magical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Filled with spells, potions and fantastical creatures, this enchanting tale will captivate readers of all ages.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis

Step through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, where adventure awaits at every turn. Follow the Pevensie siblings as they embark on a journey to defeat the White Witch and restore peace to the kingdom.

"Matilda" by Roald Dahl


Meet Matilda, a precocious young girl with extraordinary powers and a love for books. Follow her adventures as she outwits her formidable headmistress and discovers the true power of knowledge.

"The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan


Join Percy Jackson, a half-blood demigod, as he embarks on a quest to prevent a war among the gods. Filled with action, humor and Greek mythology, this epic adventure will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White


Follow the heartwarming story of Wilbur the pig and his unlikely friendship with Charlotte the spider. Filled with themes of friendship, loyalty and courage, this timeless classic is sure to delight readers of all ages.


"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio


Meet Auggie Pullman, a young boy with facial differences, as he navigates the challenges of middle school. Filled with empathy, kindness and resilience, this uplifting story will inspire readers to choose kindness every day.


"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnet

Follow the journey of Mary Lennox as she discovers a hidden garden and unlocks its magical secrets. Filled with themes of healing, renewal and the power of nature, this classic tale celebrates the beauty of friendship and the wonder of the natural world.

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

Enter the whimsical world of Shel Silverstein's poetry, where anything is possible and imagination knows no bounds. Filled with humorous and heartfelt verses, this beloved collection will inspire creativity and laughter in readers of all ages.


Tips for parents to help with reading at home

As kids dive into these captivating stories, they'll embark on unforgettable adventures, discover new worlds and cultivate a lifelong love for reading. So encourage them to grab a book, find a cozy spot and let the summer reading adventures begin! If you need more tips for parents to help with reading at home, check out our previous blog post! Contact us today if you’re interested in volunteering with kids at our upcoming after-school programs!