Summer reading programs are a wonderful way to set kids up for success as they head back to school in the fall. Luckily, there is still time to get them signed up for one at your local library. These programs are great for when the kids have had their fun at the park or the pool and need some quiet time. The prizes don't hurt either! Check your local library to see if they offer one or start one of your own at home!
If you need recommendations on where to get started, check out our list below of some of our favorite books for children. They all have exciting adventures and wonderful characters that are easy to look up to!
The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osbourne
6-10 years old
This award winning series is a great way to introduce children to the diversity of the world and all the history that it contains. Travel with Jack and Annie inside their magic tree house as they go on wonderful adventures to far away places! Our new banded box set makes for a perfect gift and offers a fun way for children to track which books they have read!
39 Clues by multiple authors
8-12 years old
Written by a variety of authors, including Rick Riordan (known for Percy Jackson), this set of 30 books is a great series for children looking for adventure! Like many of the other sets on this list, the books follow a set of siblings. The first book finds them learning of their family's influence through history and continues in multiple story arcs through the series!
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
10-14 years old
You may have seen the great Studio Ghibli movie by the same name but try reading the book it's based on! While they both are stories of finding oneself, the book and the movie do so in different, but no less wonderful, ways. Follow Sophie Hatter as she teams up with a notorious wizard, Howl, to defeat the Witch of the Waste while finding love and magic along her way. There are two more books after within the same world that are just as good too!
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
9 years old and up
This fantasy series follows different members of the Fowl family through eleven books of action packed mischief and adventure. The first book follows the 12-year-old genius, Artemis Fowl, as he seeks a way to gain back his family's fortune.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
10 years old and up
This thirteen book series may seem a little daunting at first but the story is worth following. Lemony Snicket, aka Daniel Handler, does a fantastic job of drawing in readers with fun writing and word play, not to mention the engaging plot. After reading, you can settle the kids in with a viewing of the Netflix show!