Summer Reading Lists


We love summer! And we love to read!! Summer is a great time to catch up on that pile of books that you have been dying to read. I’m looking forward to having the kids participating in the local summer reading programs. Last year I printed off the reading logs, and we even filled out some of them, but never got around to turning most of them in 🙁 Several missed opportunities for free books. We will do better this year!

If you are not in a big town where you have book stores that have reading programs, check out your local library.

Here is a link so some of the reading programs in the KC area.

We thought it would be fun for the kids to plan out what books theywanted to read this summer.  This helps them have an attitude of anticipation, it helps them practice goal-oriented thinking, and it will give them the excitement of checking off the books throughout the summer.  Here are the books that we have picked for our reading lists.

Luke (Pre-school)

  1. Dora Friends! Los Amigos
  2. I love you, too! by Eve Bunting
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle
  4. Five Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
  5. Curious George at the Aquarium by Margret and H.A. Reys
  6. Get up and Go Songs- Sesame Street
  7. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  8. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  9. Dinosaurs- illustrated by Tammy Ortner

Rebekah (1st grade)

  1. Amelia Helps out by Peggy Parish
  2. Berry Fairy Tales Cinderella by Megan E. Bryant
  3. Angelina Ballerina- A Party for the Princess by Katharine Holabird
  4. Berenstain Bears- God made Seasons by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  5. Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg
  6. Best Mistake Ever by Richard Scarry
  7. If I Could Drive an Ambulance! Tonka Truck Series by Michael Teitelbaum
  8. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  9. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Iza Trapani
  10. It’s Raining It’s Pouring by Kin Eagle

Hannah (3rd Grade)

  1. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  2. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  3. Sandy Lane Stables- Racing Vacation by Michelle Bates
  4. Runaway Ralph by Beverly Clearly
  5. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Clearly
  6. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  7. The Boxcar Children Benny Uncovers a Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  8. The Boxcar Children The Haunted Cabin Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  9. Pilgrim Boy – A Beka Book Reading Program
  10. The Pet Sitters Club-The Cat Burglar by Tessa Krailing


  1. The Confident Mom by Joyce Meyer
  2. The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker
  3. Talking with Your Daughter about Best Friends and Mean Girls by Dannah Gresh
  4. Girl Politics by Nancy Rue
  5. Whispers of Hope by Beth Moore


  1. Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
  2. The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
  3. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  4. The Secret of Christian Living by Watchman Nee
  5. The Original Argument by Glenn Beck
  6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


We’d love to hear from you – what books are on your summer reading list?  What are some of your all-time favorites, for any age group?  Let us know if you have read any of these books, or if you read them with us this summer.   Let’s discuss them!


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4 thoughts on “Summer Reading Lists

  1. Erica Franzen Dalton says:

    I’d like to read how to make friends and influence people. I have a lot of at church but I am to shy to move forward.

    1. Erica Franzen Dalton says:

      And to afraid to follow through

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