My kids love books, and so do I!

We read year round, but summer time is an especially fun time to focus on reading, especially if your local library offers a summer reading program.

We always enjoy our library’s summer reading program, but this year I’m giving my kids (and myself!) a little challenge too:

READ 100 BOOKS by the end of summer. 

My ten year old read over 130 books last summer, so I know she’s up for the challenge!

My younger kids aren’t reading well yet, so I’m going to help them out and read with or to them.

There are over 90 days of summer, so if we read at least one or two books every day we can easily meet the 100 book challenge by the end of August.

I compiled a list of over eighty of our family’s favorite books.  {These are definitely on our summer reading list, and I’ll be looking out for new favorites!}

I’d love to hear what you would add to to this list! 

Quick Read Alouds

{just for fun}

{character & faith}

{history & educational}

Chapter Read Alouds

These books are great for reading during family devotions, or for older kids to read on their own.

I need a few more books to help me reach 100.  What books would you recommend?

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18 thoughts on “80+ Books to Read to Your Kids This Summer

  1. The Wisdom and the Millers series
    William Boekstein has 3 books that are great too. Theyre about church history but written for kids.

    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm
    1. Thank you for these recommendations, Meagan!

      Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
  2. LOVE this list Kristy! One of my goals this summer is to read through ALL of our picture books and I’ve been working on compiling my own list of favorite picture books but am always on the lookout for new favorites… especially with birthday season starting in our house. 🙂

    Posted on June 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    1. Thank you so much, Anna!

      Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:08 am
  3. Awesome post, Kristy! We can always use new book recommendations!

    My daughter is really into the Dear America books. She loves historical fiction, and these are written like diary entries. She usually comes home with at least five of them from the library and is done before the week is over.

    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    1. Sounds like your girl and mine have something in common… little Book Worms! 😉

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Kristen!

      Posted on June 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm
  4. We love reading, too! I went a grabbed a few of the favorite read-over-and-over-again books off our shelf that I didn’t see on your list:

    • My Bible Friends (a 5-book set) by Etta B. Degering (Review & Herald Publishing)
    • Birthday Friend by Marla Martin (Rod & Staff Publishers)
    • God Made Me by Mrs. James Swartzentruber (Rod & Staff Publishers)
    • God Made the Opossum by Mrs. James Swartzentruber (Rod & Staff Publishers)
    • The Egg and the Chick by Mrs. James Swartzentruber (Rod & Staff Publishers)
    • Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle (Scholastic)

    And off the top of my head, these are a few of my children’s favorite chapter books (we purchased all of these through Rod & Staff, too):

    • 3 Months Under the Snow
    • Darrel Borrows a Brother
    • Coon Tree Summer
    • Ice Slide Winter

    Right now, I’m reading aloud to my four- and ten-year-old (among other things) a Microsoft PowerPoint book called “Beyond Bullet Points”. 😉 It’s pretty cool. And we’ve been working our way through The Bible Story set by Arthur S. Maxwell at bedtime for some time now. 🙂

    That should help you get your 100…. 😉 (And my daily dose of smiley faces, I suppose, lol.)

    Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm
    1. Thank you SO much, Sheila! Can’t wait to check out these books, they sound great! 🙂

      Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:06 pm
  5. Great resource list! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm
    1. Thank you, Julie! 🙂

      Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm
  6. The Adam Raccoon series by Glen Keane teaches Christian lessons to kids. I think they’re great! Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl books are always fun choices too.

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm
    1. I’ve read a few of the Adam Raccoon books, but it’s been years ago. Thanks so much for bringing them to my attention again, Jaimie!

      Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm
  7. Great list! I cannot wait until my daughter is a little older to start Anne of Green Gables.

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm
    1. My ten year old loves the Anne of Green Gables book series! A lady from our church gave them to her last year and I think she read them all!

      Posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm
  8. This is a great list! I see lots of our favorites, but also some we haven’t read. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm
    1. You’re welcome, Joy! These are definitely some of our well-read favorites. 🙂

      Posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm
  9. Great list! We just finished and I enjoyed The Good Master and Bound for Oregon. We also love The World of Pooh and The World of Christopher Robin. Have a wonderful summer!

    Posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:15 am
    1. I’ll have to check out those titles, Krista! Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and sharing your recommendations!

      Posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm