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Between school asking kids to do some summer reading and the many summer reading programs you can find online and at your local library, it seems like listing out some great books for you kids to read is a great idea right now!

And while they are reading this summer, maybe you can get some work done!

If you are looking for other free things for the kids to do this summer, then check out my Ultimate List of free things to do this summer!

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Before I begin this list, I just want you to know that Audible, through Amazon, allows you to read many of these books in the list for FREE! Right now, Amazon is running a 30-Day Trial that you can sign up for to decide if you like the program.

You can find more information about Audible here.

So let’s get started on that summer chapter book list:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

A series written by award winning author Rick Riordan about a boy named Percy Jackson who is the son of Posidon (the Greek God of the Seas) and a mortal woman. This makes him a “half-blood” according to the book so he must go to a special camp where he is safe from all of the monsters trying to kill him. At camp he makes friends and they go on many adventures trying to save the camp and even Mount Olympus. This series is action packed and perfect for any young girl or boy looking for an exciting adventure to read about this summer.

Books include:

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Classic Charlotte’s Web is a story about a pig who’s best friend is a spider. The book takes you on many adventures on the farm and with Wilbur’s favorite little girl.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Grade 6 or above)

Amazon’s Description:

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

The Heroes Of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

This is another series written by Rick Riordan, but this time the focus is on the Roman Gods and the main character’s name is Jason instead of Percy. This is another action packed series about a bunch of half-blood kids trying to save the world. With a lot of kid humor woven in between.

Books in the Series include:

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

As many of you probably already know, the Harry Potter Series written by J.K. Rowling is a story about a young boy named Harry Potter, who is raised by his aunt and uncle, and finds out that he actually has magical powers. You can follow Harry and his two friends Ron and Hermione as they learn about their magical powers, get into lots of sticky spots at school, and fight off a 50-year-old evil presence that is trying to make it’s way back into existence.

And if you didn’t know this…You can now buy the Harry Potter Series as an illustrated book. Which is nice for the younger kids. The illustrations are superb and will definitely help the younger kids get into these fantastic books.

The Books in this series are:

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Golden Compass is the first book in a series called His Dark Materials written by Phillip Pullman. I am only recommending the first book because, in my opinion, that was the best book in the series. This book is about a young girl and her spirit animal, also known as a demon. The young girl is trying to stop the unthinkable from happening. Find out if she is successful by reading the book!

All the Books in this Series are:

  • The Golden Compass
  • The Subtle Knife
  • The Amber Spyglass

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (Grade 6 and up, there is some sexual content in the last book of the series)

The Twilight Saga contains four books about a vampire falling in love with a human. But there is always a twist and love stories are always better with a love triangle. Which this book definitely has. Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward is the common question. On top of the love triangle, there are also plenty of other vampires trying to kill everyone, so don’t think for a second that this book is boring!

Books in this Series:

I hope your kids enjoy these books as much as my kids did!

Happy Summer Reading!

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