While the summer is the time to have fun, play and have new adventures we also like have a healthy dose of educational activities in line for our children. Reading has always been my favorite hobby and greatest escape from reality. I’ve passed on my love of reading to my children and I am so thankful they have both latched on and don’t mind spending some time (even hours) being lost in their books.
After two years of struggling in reading and spending hours learning new sight words, reading together and practicing fluency AJ has grown leaps and bounds! At age 7, he reads just a little bit above his age level and enjoys a variety of topics including superheroes, funnies, adventures, comic books and magic.
So as we’re gearing up for the third grade I wanted to compile A 7-year old’s summer reading list to stay an active reader all summer long. At the end of the blog, I have put together a printable version of the list to check off all summer long – feel free to print share and enjoy as much as you’d like!
Do you have a beginning reader? We made a list for my 4-year old too!
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A 7 Year Old’s Summer Reading List
Current Favorite Series – My Weird School, Amber Brown, Flat Stanley
Books with a * look for other books in the collection! All books listed are fiction and in alphabetical order
Full List- Read further for all book descriptions!
- Alexander Smith McCall. Akimbo and the Lions
- Alexander Smith McCall. Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean*
- Andrew Clement., The School Story
- Andrew Clements. Frindle
- Barbara Robinson. The Best School Year Ever*
- Barrows. Ivy and Bean*
- Beverly Cleary. Henry Huggins
- Beverly Cleary. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- Cornelia Funke – Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost*
- Cressida Cowell. How to Train Your Dragon
- Cynthia Rylant. Gooseberry Park
- Daniel Pinkwater. Fat Men From Space
- David Adler. Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery*
- Dick King-Smith. Lady Lollipop*
- Dietlof Reiche. I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga*
- Donald Sobol. Encyclopedia Brown
- E.B. White. Charlotte’s Web
- Edward Eager. Half Magic
- Eoin Colfer. The Legend of Spud Murphy
- Eric Kahn Gale. The Zoo at the Edge of the World
- Evan Douglas. Classroom at the end of the Hall*
- Frances O’Roark. Phineas L. Macguire- Erupts*
- Gertrude Chandler Warner. The Boxcar Children
- Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf’s Book of Badness*
- James Howe. Bunnicula
- Joan Betty Stuchner. Honey Cake
- Joan Carris. Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit*
- John Reynolds Gardiner – Stone Fox
- Jon Scieszka. Summer Reading is Killing Me*
- Kate Dicamillo. Because of Winn- Dixie
- Kate Dicamillo. The Tale of Despereaux
- Kate Klimo. Dragon in the Sock Drawer*
- Kate McMullan. Dragon Slayers Academy
- Kathryn Littlewood. Bliss
- Laurie Friedman- Mallory on the Move
- Lenore Look. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things*
- Lewis Montgomery. The Case of the Stinky Socks*
- Louis Sachar. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
- Marlone Dane Bauer. The Blue Ghost
- Megan McDonald. Judy Moody*
- Patricia McKissack. The Homerun King*
- Peggy Gifford. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little*
- Roald Dahl. Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Robert Kimmel Smith. Chocolate Fever
- Ron Roy. January Joker
- Sally Grindley. Dear Max*
- Sara Pennypacker. Clementine*
- Wendelin Van Draanen. Shredderman. Secret Identity*
- Whoppi Goldberg. Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic*
Alexander Smith McCall. Akimbo and the Lions– Ten-year-old Akimbo lives on a game preserve in Africa. His father is the head ranger, and Akimbo is eager to help him whenever he can―even if it means getting into some pretty dangerous situations.
Alexander Smith McCall. Five Lost Aunts of Harriet Bean* – When Harriet Bean’s father mentions that he has five sisters–whom Harriet has never met–she is immediately intrigued. Harriet is determined to uncover the whereabouts of her five lost aunts, but with nothing more than an unfinished family portrait and a few outdated clues, will she be able to locate them?
Andrew Clement., The School Story –
Natalie’s best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie’s written is good enough to be published. But how can a twelve-year-old girl publish a book? Natalie’s mother is an editor for a big children’s publisher, but Natalie doesn’t want to ask for any favors.
Andrew Clements. Frindle – Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?
Barbara Robinson. The Best School Year Ever* – In The Best School Year Ever, Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman haven’t changed a bit. They still set things on fire and knock the other kids black and blue. One day the teachers ask all the students to think of compliments for their classmates, and Beth Bradley picks Imogene Herdman’s name. At first, Beth can’t think of anything good, but soon she begins to see Imogene in a new light.
Barrows. Ivy and Bean*– The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn’t be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.
Beverly Cleary. Henry Huggins – Just as Henry Huggins is complaining that nothing exciting ever happens, a friendly dog sits down beside him and looks pleadingly at his ice-cream cone. From that moment on, the two are inseparable. But when Ribsy’s original owner appears, trying to reclaim his dog, Henry’s faced with the possibility of losing his new best friend. Has Klickitat Street seen the last of rambunctious Ribsy?
Beverly Cleary. The Mouse and the Motorcycle– When the ever-curious Ralph spots Keith’s red toy motorcycle, he vows to ride it. So when Keith leaves the bike unattended in his room one day, Ralph makes his move. But with all this freedom (and speed!) come a lot of obstacles. Whether dodging a rowdy terrier or keeping his nosy cousins away from his new wheels, Ralph has a lot going on! And with a pal like Keith always looking out for him, there’s nothing this little mouse can’t handle.
Cornelia Funke – Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost* – imid nine-year-old Tom Tomsky reluctantly agrees to help professional ghostbuster Hetty Camomile dispel an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) from an old house, while also dealing with the ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) living in his cellar and his pesky sister, Lola.
Cressida Cowell. How to Train Your Dragon – Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventures and misadventures as he finds a new way to train dragons…and becomes a hero.
Cynthia Rylant. Gooseberry Park – When Kona, a Labrador retriever, meets Stumpy, a squirrel in Gooseberry Park, they’re best friends at first sight. But after Stumpy’s babies are born, disaster strikes in the form of a violent ice storm. Kona is not a fair-weather friend; he’s worried sick! How will Stumpy and her babies survive? With the help of Murray, a hilarious bat, and Gwendolyn, a wise hermit crab, Kona shows just how true–and heroic–a friend can be.
Daniel Pinkwater. Fat Men From Space – “While William is held captive in a spaceship, alien armies land and wipe out the earth’s supply of junk foods. The boy escapes and humans learn to like what the departing scavengers have left: wholegrain bread, milk, greens, all the healthful foods. A wildly comic fantasy with a solid moral.
David Adler. Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery*– Mysteries follow super-sleuth Cam Jansen everywhere she goes…even to school. It’s the first day of fifth grade, and Cam and Eric have just met their new teacher, Ms. Benson. The school day has barely begun when two policemen come and arrest Ms. Benson! She insists there must be a mistake. Now it’s up to Cam to solve this important mystery
Dick King-Smith. Lady Lollipop* – Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner, she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better. But can Lollipop win over the spoiled Princess Penelope – and her not-so-pig-friendly parents, the King and Queen? With humorous black-and-white illustrations by Jill Barton, Dick King-Smith’s tale about a special pig – and some memorable humans, too – will delight his legions of loyal fans!
Dietlof Reiche. I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga*– Freddy is not happy with his boring treadmill life at the pet store. He continually embarrasses himself in an attempt to get adopted. Freddy believes he will have a more civilized and exciting life as soon as he has a home. After a series of funny misadventures (including encounters with a fierce tomcat and two guinea pigs who speak in Shakespearean couplets) he teaches himself to read and write. He then pens his witty and heartwarming autobiography that tells of his journey to self-discovery. A hamster has never been smarter or funnier in telling the tale of his exceptional life.
Donald Sobol. Encyclopedia Brown– Leroy Brown, aka Encyclopedia Brown, is Idaville neighborhood’s ten-year-old star detective. With an uncanny knack for trivia, he solves mysteries for the neighborhood kids through his own detective agency. But his dad also happens to be the chief of the Idaville police department, and every night around the dinner table, Encyclopedia helps him solve his most baffling crimes.
E.B. White. Charlotte’s Web– Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.
Edward Eager. Half Magic – It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk.
Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something exciting would happen.
Eoin Colfer. The Legend of Spud Murphy– Will has four brothers and it’s chaos in his house! If he’s not being teased by his big brother Marty, he has to deal with the terrible, three-headed bundle of cuteness that is his three younger brothers. Even worse, his mother has the brilliant idea of packing Will and Marty off to the library during the holidays. She just doesn’t understand! Not only is the library no fun, it’s also the habitat of the legendary librarian Spud Murphy. If you put a foot wrong, it’s rumoured she will use her dreaded gas-powered spud gun and you don’t want that
Eric Kahn Gale. The Zoo at the Edge of the World – Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last bit of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century.
Evan Douglas. Classroom at the end of the Hall*-In nine stories about the peculiar happenings at W. T. Melon Elementary, Roger is granted three wishes by a chalk dust genie, tidy Emily meets the Messy Desk Pest, and more. Reprint.
Frances O’Roark. Phineas L. Macguire- Erupts* -He’s allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it. He’s probably the world’s expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential. He does not have a best friend. He does, however, have an un-best friend, who he does not — repeat, not — want to upgrade to best friend status. But disaster strikes when his teacher pairs Mac and his un-best friend together for the upcoming science fair
Gertrude Chandler Warner. The Boxcar Children – This biography talks about Gertrude Chandler Warner’s childhood living across the street from the railroad tracks, her bouts with poor health, and her rewarding teaching career. It also tells about her inspiration for The Boxcar Children.
Ian Whybrow. Little Wolf’s Book of Badness*-All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum and Dad and Baby brother Smellybreff. Instead, he’s packed off to Cunning College to learn the 9 Rules of Badness and earn his Gold BAD Badge from his wicked Uncle Bigbad. He sets off on his journey, sending letters home as he adventures in the big wide world.
James Howe. Bunnicula -BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire? Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!
Joan Betty Stuchner. Honey Cake – For David Nathan, Copenhagen is the most beautiful city in the world. Even Nazis in the street can’t make Copenhagen ugly. But life has changed since the soldiers arrived. His parents are always worried. And his older sister
goes to school early and comes home late. Sometimes she doesn’t come home at all!
Joan Carris. Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit*-Grampa’s menagerie of pets are rubbed the wrong way when a needy little critter arrives in this lighthearted chapter book.
John Reynolds Gardiner – Stone Fox-Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race—the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather. But he isn’t the only one who desperately wants to win. Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race.
Jon Scieszka. Summer Reading is Killing Me* –Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.
Kate Dicamillo. Because of Winn- Dixie –One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie.
Kate Dicamillo. The Tale of Despereaux –Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish.
Kate Klimo. Dragon in the Sock Drawer* Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found thunder egg hatches and a helpless, tiny, but very loud, baby dragon pops out.
Kate McMullan. Dragon Slayers Academy – When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers’ Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can’t even stand the sight of blood?
Kathryn Littlewood. Bliss-Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Singing Gingersnaps.
Laurie Friedman- Mallory on the Move-When eight-and-a-half-year-old Mallory McDonald’s parents tell her that they are moving, she’s mad–really mad! It’s not fair! How can they make her move away from Mary Ann, her best friend in the whole wide world? Who will she paint her toenails with, tell secrets to, and make scrapbooks with?
Lenore Look. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things*-Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’ s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
Lewis Montgomery. The Case of the Stinky Socks*-The high school’s star pitcher is missing his lucky socks, and his pitching is going to pieces! Can detective duo Milo and Jazz find the thief–before the big game?
Louis Sachar. Sideways Stories from Wayside School-There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that’s why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.
Marlone Dane Bauer. The Blue Ghost-Liz is staying with her grandmother in her old house in the woods of northern Minnesota when one night a noise awakens her. It is someone calling her name, calling for Elizabeth. Liz opens her eyes. There is a blue ghost in her room! What does the ghost want from her?
Megan McDonald. Judy Moody*-To start, Judy Moody doesn’t have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won’t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she’ll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection.
Patricia McKissack. The Homerun King*– Brothers Tank and Jimbo Turner love sneaking into Nashville’s Sulphur Dell Ballpark to watch the superstars of Negro League baseball. When Josh Gibson, the famous home-run hitter for the Homestead Grays, bunks at their house, the boys think they’re one step away from heaven. With warmth and humor, the fourth installment of Patricia C. McKissack?s family saga brings to life an era of all-black baseball for readers who may not know that Major League teams were once restricted only to white players.
Peggy Gifford. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little*– It wasn’t as if Moxy hadn’t tried to do her summer reading. She and Stuart Little had been inseparable all summer, like best friends. If Stuart Little wasn’t in her backpack, it was in her lap . . . or holding up the coffee table . . . or getting splashed when Moxy went swimming. But now it’s the end of August—the day before fourth grade. And if Moxy doesn’t read all of Stuart Little immediately, there are going to be “consequences.
Roald Dahl. Fantastic Mr. Fox –Someone’s been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.
Robert Kimmel Smith. Chocolate Fever– Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First, he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!
Ron Roy. January Joker- When Bradley Pinto wakes up in the night to strange lights in his backyard, he wonders if there are aliens in town. When he sees three-toed tracks in the snow, he’s sure of it. His twin, Brian, and friends Lucy and Nate aren’t so certain. But then Lucy’s cousin Dink, the twins’ brother Josh, and Nate’s sister Ruth Rose all disappear. Are there really aliens in Green Lawn? And where could they be taking Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose?
Sally Grindley. Dear Max* –Dear D.J. Lucas, My uncle bought me one of your books for Christmas. It’s called Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Boy? I want to be a writer. I want to write a story now. Please, will you help me? Love from Max
Sara Pennypacker. Clementine* -Clementine is having not so good of a week.
On Monday she’s sent to the principal’s office for cutting off Margaret’s hair.
Tuesday, Margaret’s mother is mad at her.
Wednesday, she’s sent to the principal? Again.
Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.
Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.
Wendelin Van Draanen. Shredderman. Secret Identity*– This hilariously triumphant story is for any kid who’s ever dreamed of unleashing their own inner superhero!
Whoppi Goldberg. Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic*– Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet.
So there you have the ultimate summer reading list, how many books do you think your son or daughter can check off? AJ – has made a commitment to read 8 of the books the list but I have a feeling we’ll be getting through a lot more than that.
My daughter is going to kindergarten but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a list for her too – check it out Emerging Kindergarten Summer Reading List here.
If you’re looking for fun ideas for the summer I’ve also put together a list of 50 activities to keep you and your children as busy as possible this summer.
Let your kids check off this list with this free printable and have fun reading.
Want to have a little fun, try this summer reading bingo and have your kids explore different ways to get reading.
What’s on your summer reading list?