Summer Reading Booklists

Reading Rockets' annual summer booklist makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read!

Visit our summer reading site, Start with a Book, to discover lots more great fiction and nonfiction books — matched with topics kids love (like dinosaurs, bugs, flight, superheroes, poetry, and the night sky)!


The Big Summer Read - all ages book buying guide

This PDF of the Big Summer Read booklist is easy to take to the library or bookstore.

"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person ..." —

Carl Sagan