Looking for a great book to read with your kids this summer? This list will help you transition from illustrated kids books to books your kids will love to read independently. Read one, or read ‘em all—post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments!
Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match by Mary Quattlebaum
The biggest boy pirate and the maddest girl pirate face-off in a series of competitions and then find themselves falling in love!
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (Bad Kitty series) by Nick Bruel
When you give a bath to Bad Kitty, you need, among other things, soap, a towel and a suit of armor.
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish; illustrated by Fritz Siebel
Learn and laugh over housekeeper Amelia Bedelia’s attempts to understand her employer’s instructions. Don’t be surprised if she gets her sketchbook out to draw a picture of the drapes when her employer asks her to “draw the drapes”!
Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry
Bear wants to be a comedian so bad and his jokes are funny too – but will his stage fright hold him back?
The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
Victor meets his idol—Harry Houdini—who gives Victor a mysterious box as the answer to all his questions.
Scooter in the Outside by Anne Bowen, illustrated by Abby Carter
Scooter loves the outside. So one day when he sees the door ajar, he goes out all by himself. But the outside can be a scary place.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Popular fairy tells retold in a hilarious spoof of the fairy tale genre.
The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
Read about the adventures of Julian Bates, his little brother Huey and his best friend Gloria.
The Talented Clementine (Clementine series) by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrated by Marla Frazee
Third-grader Clementine was doing just fine till her teacher announced a talent show. Clementine is in a state of panic because she thinks she doesn’t have a talent. Find out how her unexpected talent surprises everyone including herself.
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
You know you have fun when you read comics – now have fun making them too!
Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman
The extraordinary story of two ordinary boys who created Superman.