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25+ Chapter Books to Pick From For Your Summer Reader


Summer’s out and one thing that is essential to stave off the Summer brain drain is to keep your little kids reading all Summer long. For rising 3rd to 7th graders, especially, it is important for them to have at least one chapter book they’re reading at all times. That way, during long car trips, times when they’re ‘bored’ or taking a computer or electronics break, they will have a book already on hand to go read.

Hopefully, they can get into the book and enjoy it enough that they look forward to reading it. It took our family a long time to get our son to get into reading chapter books (read how we did it here) but once we did, we realized the key was to get a book that he could relate to with characters close to his age.

My youngest kids attend a school that specializes in classical eduation; e.g, reading classics, studying early civilizations, memorizing prose etc. Here is a list of books that my rising 4th grader’s teacher sent her off with but I added a few extra ones to include diversity in culture and characters for a mix.

Hope you can discover a book for you school aged Summer Learner!

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla

The American Girl History Mysteries

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

All-of-a-Kind Family Series by Sydney Taylor

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

The Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Summer of Reading
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Cultures around the world
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

Holes by Louis Sachar

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Mary Poppins Series by P. L. Travers

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

The Hardy Boys by David L. Robbins

Good luck getting your little readers to turn into lifelong lovers of books.

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