Greatest Summer Reading For Kids

A Blogger's Books has done a global walkabout to bring you this list of greatest summer reading for kids. This list includes a mixture of craft books, reading books, activity books. Books for younger kids and older ones. Books bring back the simple joys kids get from reading a fantastic, adventure story.

There's no worry about leaving expensive 'toys' in the bus on the way to camp, or forgetting iPods on the beach. Books are sheer fun and the easiest presents you can find. This summer your kids don't need the equivalent of over-priced Corporate Gifts. Present them with one of the following and let's get summer on the road! 

Greatest summer reading for kids

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping, by Peggy Parish

Ages 4-8
Amelia Bedelia has never been camping in the great outdoors before. She's trying her best to do exactly as she's told, but pitching a tent is not the same as throwing it into the bushes, and catching a fish with your bare hands isn't easy. As usual, the mixed-up housekeeper makes this camping trip one hugely entertaining adventure.


Ages 9-12

Big Friendly Giant! This BFG doesn't seem all that F at first as he creeps down a London street, snatches little Sophie out of her bed, and bounds away with her to giant land. And he's not really all that B when compared with his evil, carnivorous brethren, who bully him for being such an oddball runt. After all, he eats only disgusting snozzcumbers, and while the other Gs are snacking on little boys and girls, he's blowing happy dreams in through their windows. What kind of way is that for a G to behave?

How to Survive Summer Camp by Jacqueline Wilson

Ages 11-15
Stella's mum and step-dad have gone off on holiday and have dumped Stella at the Evergreen Holiday Camp. She's not happy! Especially when she finds out she's expected to learn to swim - the one thing her mum promised she wouldn't have to do. She's determined not to enjoy herself and settles down for a nightmare summer, but in the end she finds herself making friends, getting into scrapes, and having much more of a good time than she ever could have imagined!

Summer Adventures With Grandma by Marilyn E. Freeman

Ages 4-8
Twins, Amy and Allen are sure they'll have a boring vacation at Grandma's. They soon find out Grandma is anything but boring.  She goes bowling, fishing, camping, skating and joins in on many other adventures. At the water park, Grandma finds herself at the top of a giant water slide and tries to talk her way back down the ladder. The children in line give her no choice but to slide down into the water. Grandma learns to ride a scooter and finds herself being chased by Bentley, a huge dog.  Allen convinces Grandma to play on their softball team. The twins introduce Grandma to the world of computers. Grandma thinks surfing the web involves water.  They can't believe the fun they had with Grandma. The summer is full of adventures. It's a summer Grandma, Amy and Allen will never forget.

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexand

Ages 9-12

Millions of young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his lively companions as they journey through the magical land of Prydain. First published more than thirty years ago and translated into twenty different languages, Lloyd Alexander’s beloved series has become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. Among their many accolades, the award-winning Chronicles of Prydain count a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and more than two million copies in print.

Haddix: Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ages 9-12
This is one of the best Margaret Peterson Haddix books I have ever read. Bethany is an average, girl, that is, until both her parents seem to go under some sort of manic depression. This is serious, not at all a funny situation. Bethany's parents have always acted slightly odd around her, seeming to be able to predict things, such as when she needs glasses. Also, always being overprotective over her safety, as when Bethany rides her bike without a helmet. Her dad shouts, screams, and yells at her, saying she could have been killed. Bethany never thought of it as odd, until her parents leave her alone with an aunt and cousin she's never known.  The mystery deepens even more  until it may be too much for you to bear. However, a very surprising ending will have you smiling as you read the last lines of this great novel. (Customer review).

Ages 9-12

This book is sure to be a hit with boys! It's filled with puzzles, quizzes, and activities, not to mention tips on how to pitch a tent, how to make your own treasure map, and how to build a powerboat! This book is a must-have on any summer road trip packing list. Just grab a pencil and you're good to go!

The Girls' Summer Book

Ages 9-12

With activities like making fortune tellers and throw pillows, and tips such as how to plan the perfect picnic, girls are sure to love this activity book! It also includes spot-the-difference puzzles, doodle pages, mazes, and more!

Carbone: Stealing Freedom

 Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer by Jane Brocket
All ages.

Find lots of recipes that kids would love to make over and over again during the summer. Keep them active and learning at the same time!

There, you have it! Your one-stop list of great summer reads for your kids. Keep them active while travelling or just spending time at home in the garden. Books are for all seasons and summer is the best one of all!
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Colette S July 1, 2011 at 10:51 PM  

I hope we find some of these at the library when we go next week!

We love books here!!


free samples and freebies July 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

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