Summer Reading Recommendations For Every Age


Summer Reading Recommendations For Every AgeThere’s something about sunny summer days that invite readers of all ages to sit outside with a glass of lemonade and an open book. But with so many great books out there, how will you ever decide what to read?

Here are some great options for each age group and some options for family reads:

Picture Books

  • My Powerful Hair by Carole Lindstrom
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
  • The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson
  • Remember by Joy Harjo
  • The Tree in Me by Corinna Luyken

Chapter Books

  • Dragon Masters series by Tracy West
  • Jo Jo Makoons series by Dawn Quigley
  • She Persisted biography series
  • Dragon Storm series
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Middle Grade

  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas
  • How to Find What You’re Not Looking For by Veera Hiranandani
  • Emmy in the Key Code by Aimee Lucido
  • When Sea Becomes Sky by Gillian McDunn
  • Same Sun Here by Neela Vaswani
  • Ancestor Approved, a short story collection edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Chirp by Kate Messner
  • Answers in the Pages by David Leviathan

Young Adult/Teen

  • Boundless, a short story collected edited by Ismée Williams
  • You Wouldn’t Dare by Samantha Markum
  • Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions by Patricia Park
  • Man Made Monsters by Andrea Rogers (horror)
  • Foreshadow, short story collection edited by Emily X.R. Pan
  • A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
  • Well, That was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto
  • The Heartbreak Bakery by A.R. Capetta
  • Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

Graphic Novels

  • New Kid and Class Act by Jerry Craft
  • The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill
  • Two Tribes by Emily Bowen (releases August 15)


  • Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  • No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister
  • Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn
  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • Built to Last by Erin Hahn
  • I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott (non-fiction)
  • Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake by Mazey Eddings
  • Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
  • This Place of Wonder by Barbara O’Neal
  • Sari, Not Sari by Sonya Singh

Family Reads

This of course depends on the ages of your kiddos. Family reads can take place before bedtime, in the afternoon, or even on the go! Audiobooks can make long drives more bearable and shorter drives more entertaining. Some favorites across age ranges that my family has enjoyed as family reads include:

  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  • Dragon Masters by Tracy West
  • Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Summer is brighter with a great book! Happy reading!

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Christine Derr
Hey, y’all! I’m an adventurous wanderer who put down roots here in East Tennessee back in 2014. My little family moved here from the wilds of suburban Alaska in 2014. We love exploring Knoxville and the surrounding areas, especially the Smoky Mountains. I’m a freelance writer and teacher who loves looking at the mountains when my nose isn’t in a book. I’m a mom to two bookish kids, a wildly clingy dog, two cats, and a fish I’d be in trouble for not mentioning. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been able to add Lincoln Log architect, LEGO contractor, and mediator to my resume. I’ve always been a bit of a jack of all trades, as I’ve been a tutor, teacher, circus instructor, bookseller, amateur baker and, of course, writer. I remind myself of this as I tell my kid not to sit on my other kid’s head while stopping the dog from chasing the cat and the other cat from jumping on top of the fish tank. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and am currently pursing my Master of Fine Arts while keeping all these creatures who live in my house alive. I survive on coffee, writing fiction, reading, Disney, and snuggles. You can read more of my work at


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