2023 Summer Reading List For Kids

2023 Summer Reading List For Kids


by Rachel Wells

Summers are magical – long days, warm weather, fun activities, and lots of free time for reading! Educators know that reading – lots and lots of reading – is the only way to keep kids growing as readers, so it’s important to find lots of rich, engaging books that keep their interests. Fortunately, we’ve done some work for you and compiled a list of high-quality picture books, graphic novels, and elementary age chapter books that you can find at your local library. From mysteries, to adventures, to crazy animal stories, these teacher recommended books offer something for every child.


Picture Books


We Are All Scientists by Ellen Ochoa

This bilingual English-Spanish book shows littles ones how science is involved in almost all of their daily activities.


Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

A determined Owl builds strength and confidence in this medieval picture book about the real mettle of a hero: wits, humor, and heart.


Floaty by John Himmelman

A heartwarming, hilarious tale about embracing the unexpected―and finding friendship that takes you to new heights.


What If … by Samantha Berger and Mike Curato

This book beautifully shows the power of imagination, creativity, and self-expression.


Big Bunny by Rowboat Watkins

How big is this bunny actually?


What if You Had an Animal Tail? by Sandra Markle and Howard McWilliam

What if you woke up one morning and sprouted an animal tail? Which tail would you want it to be?


Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd

An adorable adaptation of the original classic.


Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz

This is a super fun mash up of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and a singing competition.


The Very Impatient Caterpillar By Ross Burach

Every child can relate to the challenge of being patient – and this hilarious book puts it front and center while teaching about the process of metamorphosis.


Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds

Celebrating creativity and thinking outside the box.


The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright

An adorable tale about being brave and stepping out of your comfort zone.


Graphic Novels


Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends by Kaz Windness

This heartwarming story celebrates the beauty of friendship, but when caterpillar becomes a butterfly will they still be friends?


Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton

Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures.


The Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott

These sweet owl themed stories are filled with adventure, friendship, and relatable storylines perfect for newly independent readers.


Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song

Two best friends would do anything for their favorite food – a donut! Read what happens when they meet their match: a donut food truck!


The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

Follow a group of neighborhood kids as they transform ordinary cardboard into amazing creations.


The Unicorn Diaries by Rebecca Elliott

These sweet unicorn themed stories are filled with adventure, friendship, and relatable storylines perfect for newly independent readers.


Early Chapter Books


Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Stanley Lambchop was an ordinary boy, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. Now he can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!


Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty

In Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants, Ada must rely on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck to solve a mystery in her own backyard.


She Persisted: Maria Tallchief by Christine Day

Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America’s first prima ballerina.


Pick Your Own Quest: Dragon vs. Unicorn by Connor Hoover

The dragons and unicorns are on a quest to find out who is more epic. Whether it’s throwing a party, dancing, or shooting hoops, your choices decide who wins in this one-of-a-kind book with over 30 challenges and 25 possible endings.


Ellie, Engineer, by Jackson Pearce

A charming story about a girl who is an engineer that loves to builds things! Full of creative, STEM-powered fun for girls who are interested in how things work.


Mr. Lemoncello’s Very First Game by Chris Gabenstein

Luigi has a knack for games and puzzles. But sometimes it feels like the cards are stacked against him. UNTIL a carnival arrives in town and Luigi gets the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME—the opportunity to work for the world famous Professor Marvelous, a dazzling, banana-hat-wearing barker who puts the show in showman!


Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski

Mirror, mirror, on the basement wall . . . check out these updated fairy tale princess stories.


Ra The Mighty: Cat Detective by A.B. Greenfield

An egotistical royal cat and his dung beetle sidekick track a jewelry thief in this hilarious book set in ancient Egypt.


Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway

This is no ordinary hotel – all of Anna’s staff and guests are animals! Whether it’s a flamingo, a penguin or a hippo knocking at the door, Anna is ready to welcome them all – with the help of her trusty sidekicks T Bear the doorman, Squeak the friendly elevator mouse, and Lemmy the lemur receptionist … As she soon finds out, though, running an animal hotel is no easy task.


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