The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids of All Ages

Although the school year is fast approaching, there are still a few weeks of summer left. Make the most of this remaining time by checking out this great book list from the wonderful teachers at YCIS. You’re sure to find a fascinating and educational book for your child, no matter what their age!

Research shows that children who maintain their reading practice over longer holidays also maintain their reading skills and avoid what is known as the ‘summer-time slide.’

Below, you will find a recommended reading list of recent and popular books that your kids are sure to enjoy. First, however, we’d like to share some general book selection and reading tips:


Tips for Parents


Involve Your Child in the Choice of Books

Ideally, your child should be involved in the process of browsing for books online or in the store, as well as in making the final choice of books that you’ll ultimately purchase and read. The more they are involved in their reading choices, the more enthused and committed they will be to their reading.


Rule of Thumb: Variety

Look for variety. Fiction is a terrific starting point, and there are many different types of fictional books to choose from, including fantasy and mystery novels. Non-fiction is another important option and there are many recent and popular examples of ‘Informational texts’ that make non-fiction reading engaging and a whole lot of fun.


Set a Reading Routine in Your Home

Have a routine at home that supports your child in taking the time to read. This kind of routine is dependent on your child’s age but is also different for every family. For example, practice reading in your household around the breakfast table and again in the evening. If you have a more independent reader, set a goal for them to read at least 30 minutes every day by themselves.


Don’t Forget – Reading is Fun!

Whichever routine you have established in your own household, it’s important to remember the all-important fact that reading is fun! If it becomes a chore or only a way to receive some sort of tangible reward, then the natural motivation to read may fizzle out easily. Keep the spark of reading alive by making sure reading doesn’t start to feel like just another mundane task to complete. Encouraging children to choose their own books and pick their own time to read them in a special environment can help with this. Since it is the holidays, choosing books that are funny, silly and even comic can really help, too!


2-5 years old


The King of Kindergarten

Author: Derrick Barnes



作者: Derrick Barnes


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School

Author: Mo Willems



作者: Mo Willems


Astronauts Zoom!: An Astronaut Alphabet

Author: Deborah Lee Rose


Flip-a-Word: Pig Wig

Author: Harriet Ziefert


I’m On it!

Author: Andrea Tsurumi


Goat Wants to Eat: Ready-to-Read Ready-to-Go!

Author: Laura Gehl


5-7 years old


Magical Animal Adoption Agency

Author: Kallie George



作者: Kallie George


See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

Author: David LaRochellel


Geeger the Robot Goes to School

Author: Jarret Lerner


Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt

Author: Bill Doyle


Zoey and Sassafras

Author: Asia Citro


The 13-story Treehouse

Author: Asia Citro



作者: Andy Griffiths


8-10 years old


Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

Author: Stuart Gibbs


The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

Author: Chris Colfer



作者: Chris Colfer


The Beast of Buckingham Palace

Author: David Walliams


Before the Ever After

Author: Jacqueline Woodson


The Last Mapmaker

Author: Christina Soontornvat


The War That Saved My Life

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley



作者: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


11-17 years old


Technology in the Ancient World

Author: Lynn Peppas


Natural Disasters: Moving Earth

Author: Steve Parker



Author: Cynthia Kadohata


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Author: Charlie Mackesy



作者: Charlie Mackesy


The Demon-Haunted World

Author: Carl Sagan



作者: Carl Sagan


The Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett



作者: Ken Follett