Summer Reading List – Episode 84

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summer reading list, the best summer reading lists, summer reading lists elementary, summer reading lists middle school, summer reading lists high schoolLet’s Talk About Summer Reading Lists

Most schools public and private assign reading lists for upper elementary OR middle-high school years — but we, as homeschoolers were never known to be the norm. Right? Right! We beat to a different drummer and in this broadcast Felice shares her love of books, when that came about and how you can foster that love with your children during the summer months. Who says school has to end in May or June? Enjoy the lazy days of summer with some great reading choices and see your child’s imagination and love of learning soar!



Handouts Below

Show Notes – 

A. What are your goals in having your children read books during the summer?

B. Do you want your children to learn to love reading?

C. Do you want to get a head start on your school year by reading good books?

You can find many of these books at the public library or purchase them for your 

Suggested Summer Reading List

Younger Children—K-3


    1. Children’s Bibles / Bible Read Aloud Stories
    2. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmens
    3. Paddington by Michael Bond
    4. The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson
    5. Goodnight, Moon! By Margaret Wise Brown
    6. The Gingerbread Boy—Folk Tale (Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
    7. Stone Soup—Folk Tale
    8. A Crayon for Harold by Ruth Krauss
    9. The Children of the King—Max Lucado
    10. Blueberries for Sale by Robert McCloskey
    11. Little Bear by Minarik
    12. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parrish
    13. Curious George by H.A. & Margaret Rey
    14. Nate the Great by Marjory Sharmat
    15. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
    16. Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
    17. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
    18. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
    19. Billy and Blaze (series) by C.W. Anderson
    20. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
    21. Little Bear by Else Homelund Minarik
    22. Elementary & Classics
    23. The Storykeepers (series) by Brian Brown and Andrew Melrose
    24. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    25. Matilda by Roald Dahl
    26. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
    27. Pocahontas by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire
    28. Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport by Laura Lee Hope
    29. Cul-de-Sac Kids (series) by Beverly Lewis
    30. An American Girl Series (Addy, Kirsten, Kaya, etc.) by Janet Shaw
    31. Charlotte’s Weby by E.B. White (Stuart Little)
    32. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


    Upper Level Elementary & Middle School

    1. Cooper Kids Adventure Series by Frank Peretti
    2. Truth Seekers Mystery Series by Christina (Gerwitz) Moss & Felice Gerwitz
    3. Hardy Boys by Frank W. Dixon (read older books in the series)
    4. Nancy Drew by Caroline Keene
    5. The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    6. The Sugar Creek Gang Mystery Series by Paul Hutchens
    7. Chronicles of Narnia—Series—The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    8. Anne of Green Gables (series) by L.M. Montgomery
    9. The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
    10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    11. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
    12. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
    13. Hoot by Carl Hiasen
    14. National Velvet by Engid Bagnold
    15. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    16. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (skip the “chant”
    17. Hans Brinker Silver Skates by Mary mapes Dodge
    18. My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
    19. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
    20. Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
    21. In the Heart of the Rockies by G.A. Henty
    22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    23. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
    24. Come on Seabiscit by Ralph Moody
    25. Rascal by Sterling North
    26. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
    27. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    28. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    29. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
    30. Mary Poppins by Pamela L. Travers
    31. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    32. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
    33. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr, and Ernestine Gilbreth Carney
    34. My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
    35. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    36. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
    37. White Fang by Jack London
    38. The Yearling by Majorie Rawlings
    39. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevnson
    40. The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
    41. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    42. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
    43. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

High School

  1. The Complete Father Brown Series by G.K Chesterton
  2. Ann of Green Gables
  3. The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Death of the Nile by Agatha Christie
  5. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  6. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
  7. The Adventures of Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  10. Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield
  11. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  13. The Screwtape Letters (Mere Christianity) by C.S. Lewis
  14. This Present Darkness (Three books in the series) by Frank Perreti
  15. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
  16. Emma / Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin
  17. Jane Eyre by Emily Bronte
  18. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton
  19. Deer Slayer by James Finmore Cooper
  20. Divine Comedy by Dante
  21. Great Expectation by Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
  22. The County of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  23. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway
  24. Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
  25. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  26. Last Days of Socrates by Plato
  27. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  28. Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
  29. Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  30. City of God by St. Augustine
  31. Everlasting Man by GK Chesterton
  32. Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis



  1. Hi Felice, I just wanted to thank you for all the reading lists. They are wonderful. Thank you to Meredith also!!! I have just recently begun listening to your podcasts while I work in the garden. You certainly help the time to go more quickly while pulling weeds ;))) Thanks for all you are doing to encourage homeschoolers.

    God Bless!!!

    • mediaangels says

      Hi Cyndi – thanks for your kind words! Weeds – yuk! But, what a wonderful feeling once you are finished with the work. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting us know.

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