Summer Reading List for Kids (book suggestions for ages 9 to 13)
Summer is halfway over, have your kids run out of books to read? If you’re needing a few new book suggestions, this summer reading list has a few tried and true summer reading book ideas for kids, perfect for middle grades. (4th – 8th grades)
Young readers have so many amazing book options right now, making summer the perfect time for your child to dive into a selection of great stories. Whether your kid is searching for a tale of friendship and love or an adventure of the ages, they’re sure to find something to add to their middle grade summer reading list.
The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.
These have all been read and re-read by both my kids. Set includes The Witches, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, etc… If you just want to start with a few, my missy says she liked them all, but The Witches and Matilda were her favorites. (The full set is only $37 – I highly recommend these.)
Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here.
The warriors series has 6 sets of 6 books each. (I linked to the 1st set <as of today’s writing, it is $23.97 for 6 paperbacks.) My daughter has become addicted to his series! (She even started a “Warriors Club” at school.) We are already on book 1 of the last set. There are also “super aeditions and “bonus stories.”
When a terrible accident takes his father’s life, Charlie is forced to settle his parents’ debt with the terrible Cap’n Buck in this crowd-pleasing tale set in 1858 that’s perfect for middle grade summer reading.
Book 1 of the Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
Book 1 in the Trials of Apollo series. How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. (We picked this one up on a camping trip and I started to read it… Super cute story!)
Now it’s your turn! We have read most of these on this list and are always looking for something new. Share your kids favorites in the comments below.