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We all know that summer is a time for jumping in the pool, eating popsicles before they can fall off the stick, and digging our toes into the sand, however, book lovers know a deeper truth. Summer is the ultimate reading season! Which means it’s the perfect time for hitting up the library or local bookstore in search of that perfect read, often with our kids in tow. There are endless lists about what we, as adults, should be reading, but what about the kids? This list is sure to pass on our bookish tendencies to the younger generation!
1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit (Ages 10-14)
Come along with Winnie and fall in love with the Tucks, a close knit family that seems ordinary, but has a dangerous secret. A magical spring gives the Tucks everlasting life, but is Winnie willing to suffer their hardships to have it for herself? An enchanting book that delves deep into the meaning of life.
2. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Ages 8-12)
Inspired by their love of Egypt, six kids put on costumes, perform ceremonies, and write their own code, but what happens when their game goes a little too far? Perfect for children who are wanting to learn more about ancient Egypt, this book is filled with mystery and fun. You can’t help but want to play along.
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Ages 8-12)
Enter a strange new world with Milo, who enters the Lands Beyond through his toy car. Full of an abundance of colorful characters, constant word play, and daring adventure, Milo learns some of life’s important lessons and your kid will love learning right along with him!
4. Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville (Ages 8-12)
William can hear them moaning, the voices calling to him at night. They call out his name, bidding him to come help them, and he can no longer resist. Come unlock the mysteries of Toad-in-a-Cage Castle, although, be sure to bring someone along, because this book is best read aloud. Under the cover of darkness, use your best goblin voice to share in William’s journey.
5. Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver (Ages 12+)
Morgan and Jimmy have been friends since they were kids. They do everything together, but life hands them the unexpected. Cuddle up with a box of tissues, because this hilarious story will rip your heart out. With lessons on love, laughter, and loss, I dare you not to fall in love with these amazing characters.
6. The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron (Ages 10+)
Left with nothing but magical powers, a young boy must discover who he once was and the legend he is destined to become. With captivating imagery of nature and a journey that begins a 12 book series, meet the young boy whose name we all recognize, and dive into a magical world that you may never want to leave.
7. Tarot Says Beware by Besty Byars (Ages 8-12)
For the mystery reader in training, join Herculeah Jones as she attempts to solve the murder of a fortune teller. Delve into the gripping story that refuses to let you go until you know the truth.
8. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (Ages 9-12)
When Omri gets a small, plastic Indian for his birthday, he locks him in a cupboard, disappointed with the gift. What Omri doesn’t know is that when he next opens the cupboard, he will be greeted by a real life playmate. Every child’s dream is realized when Omri’s plastic toy comes to life in this classic story.
9. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (Ages 8-12)
What do you do when you lose a bet? You suck it up! Literally! Billy has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, but can he do it? Join Billy in this stomach churning tale that will have you never wanting to lose a bet again!
What books did you love as a kid? Which ones are you passing on to the next generation?
Featured image via Jim and Jerolyn Bogear