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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Monday's Menu: Eat this Book (Summer reading lists for kids)

Summer is on our heels. For some of my American friends, it's already blown through their kitchen door, sat its petulant rear-end down at the table, and asked for a glass of ice cold entertainment. Our children still have four more weeks left of school, but the summer reading lists are finished! I thought to share them with you here. These are ambitious lists - none of our children (ok, maybe Audrey) will actually finish all the books I have listed. But offering them variety of titles gives them a sense of flexibility and independence for choosing. We'll use our list on our frequent trips to the library, and all the books come recommended from reliable sources ( Honey for a Child's Heart, Books Children Love, and SonLight's summer reading lists available here.) For the twins, I haven't listed books but rather the names of authors. And for the books we don't finish over the summer, we'll come back to throughout the school year.

Bon appétit!

Summer Reading List, 2012

Andrew and Colin (Age four)

Margaret Wise Brown

Paul Galdone

Ezra Jack Keats

Ruth Krauss

Brian Wildsmith

Charlotte Zolotow

David McPhail

Holly Hobbie

Kevin Henkes

Helen Lester

Janell Cannon

Thornton Burgess


Camille (Age eight)

Estes, Ginger Pye

MacDonald, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (series)

King-Smith, Dick (lots of books with animals as characters; Sophie series)

Giblin, Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags

Armentrout, Florence Nightingale

Geisert, Prairie Town; River Town; Mountain Town; Desert Town

Clement, The Great Poochini

Godden, A Kindle of Kittens

DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

Lin, The Year of the Dog

Campbell, Trixie Belden #1 The Secret of the Mansion


Nathan (Age nine)

De Angeli, The Door in the Wall

Lanier, The Boy’s King Arthur

Lawson, Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos

Lawson, Mr. Revere and I

Sperry, Call it Courage

Cleary, Henry Huggins

Fleischman, The Whipping Boy

Slote, Finding Buck McHenry

Mowat, Owls in the Family

Jacques, Redwall (series)

Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes (series)

White, The Sword in the Stone

Bulla, Riding the Pony Express

Corbishley, The World of Architectural Wonders

Gravett, The World of the Medieval Knight

Farjeon, The Little Bookroom

Pyle, The Wonder Clock

Godden, The Doll’s House

Kidd, Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major


Audrey (Age eleven)

Holm, Our Only May Amelia

Holt, My Louisiana Sky

McKinley, Beauty; Spindle’s End; The Hero and the Crown, The Outlaws of Sherwood

Gene Stratton-Porter

Patricia St. John

MacLachlan, Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt

Auch, Journey to Nowhere; Frozen Summer; The Road to Home

Armstrong, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World

Benary-Isbert, A Time to Love

Giff, Lily’s Crossing

Bober, Abigail Adams

Meigs, Invincible Louisa

Cary, Louisa May Alcott: Her Childhood Diary

Patterson, Marian Anderson

Hawthorne, A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales

Siegel, Whalesong

Spires, The Mouse of Amherst

Schmidt, Straw into Gold

Blume, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Holm, Penny From Heaven

Hunt, Up a Road Slowly

Levine, Ella Enchanted



Cole and Calmenson, Rain or Shine Activity Book

Drake and Love, The Kids’ Summer Handbook

Jenkins, Hottest Coldest Highest Deepest

Speare George, The Bronze Bow

Leedy: The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper

Ransome, Swallows and Amazons


Here's a printable copy of the lists: Summer reading, 2012