For many summer means road trips and vacations, but I feel like summer also means quiet time reading. I love nothing more than walking around the corner to find one of my kids with their face shoved in a book. As they read, you can see their wheels turning and their imagination running wild. To help jumpstart, your kids summer reading, we have compiled a list for each grade level.

These books are suggestions based on Accelerated Reading levels. Some kids might read up or down a level, but we wanted to have a good starting place. Also, we wanted to suggest books that might be of more interest to a girl or boy because quite frankly sometimes can be difficult to find books that boys like to read. Again these are just suggestions.

First Grade

Girls

  • Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Green and Stephanie Roth Sisson
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmand
  • Nina, Nina Ballerina by Jane O’Connor
  • Katy Duck by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Unicorn Wings by Mallory Loehr

Boys

  • Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

Second Grade

Girls

  • Rainbow Magic Series by Daisy Meadows
  • Candy Fairies by Helen Perelman
  • Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  • Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann

Boys

  • Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Williams
  • Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  • Inspector Hopper by Doug Cushman
  • Horrible Harry Series by Suzy Kline
  • Mighty Robot Series by Ricky Ricotta

Third Grade

Girls

  • Charlotte’s Web by  E.B. White
  • The Never Girls by Kiki Thorpe, Andrea Posner-Sanchez, Kristen L Depken
  • The Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Boys

  • Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
  • How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Fourth Grade

Girls

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Fourth Grade Fairy by Eileen Cook
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Ally Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
  • Secret Sisters by Sandra Byrd

Boys

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  • Zoobreak by Gordon Korman

Fifth Grade

Girls

  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Ever After
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Boys

  • Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
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