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Kicking off my summer reading lists with the an updated, 2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids! I’m really trying to make this not too overwhelming for either of us. The first 15 books are my “top picks” for summer reading. The second section is just a title list, no fancy pictures or blurbs. They’ll give you some more ideas though, then you can go find them at your favorite bookseller.
Featured 2014 Summer Reading List Books
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue) Based on the new movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack.
Sleepytime Me Daylight is fading and night is drawing in. It’s time for bed. A sleepy child observes the wide world settling down, coming ever closer to home until at last there are good-night hugs and kisses for this little sleepyhead. This is a sweet bedtime story for kids of all ages. Read it to your toddler or let your grade-school child read it to you!
The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven According to this story, Beethoven had a whopping 39 apartments in his lifetime. He kept getting kicked out because of the noise! Not sure if it’s based on fact, but it’s a great way to introduce kids to classical composers!
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and swim up, down, around, and through their ocean home. Crabby is their neighbor. He is not their best friend. But when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue?
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key Join Nancy Clancy in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s fourth Nancy Clancy chapter book about the past, present, and future! Nancy and her best friend, Bree, must go back in time to solve their latest mystery.
Steam Train, Dream Train – The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, bouncy kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls. Sweet and silly dreams are guaranteed for any budding train enthusiasts!
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site – As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!
A Day in the Sun (Disney Frozen) While most Frozen books seem geared more towards girls, this one is perfect for boys ages 3-7! It features the beloved snowman Olaf along with Kristoff and Sven. The book includes 30 fun Frozen stickers too!
Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Just in time for the 2014 Fifa World Cup, Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday will take Jack and Annie to a soccer field in Mexico where they must find the final secret of greatness for Merlin. On the field, they’ll meet a young soccer player who dreams of one day playing in the World Cup just like his hero, the great Brazilian soccer player, Pelé!
How to Babysit a Grandma When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky . . . it’s a sleepover at her house! And with the useful tips found in this book, you’re guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time.
Planet Kindergarten This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world.
Pinkalicious: Crazy Hair Day Pinkalicious can’t wait to show off her wacky hairdo for Crazy Hair Day, but disaster strikes when Rose shows up to class with the same hairstyle.
Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog Tuesday Tucks Me In is a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world. The book takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking Luis in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep.
101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! I’m a huge fan of Kids Activities Blog, so I’m really excited to check out their new book! They always have so many great ideas to beat boredom!
20 More Great Summer Reading Books for Elementary School Kids
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete: My First I Can Read by James Dean
Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
Charlie and the New Baby (Charlie the Ranch Dog) by Ree Drummond and Diane deGroat
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
The Berenstain Bears’ Graduation Day by Mike Berenstain
This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Bedtime Math: This Time, It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck
DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2: Draw-It Dragons (LOVE TO DRAW)
Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís
The 26-Story Treehouse (13 Story Treehouse) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Ballpark Mysteries #9: The Philly Fake (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) by David A. Kelly and Mark Meyers
I Carry Your Heart With Me by E. E. Cummings and Mati Rose McDonough
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel by Mo O’Hara
Madeline 75th Anniversary Edition by Ludwig Bemelmans
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . . by Emily Krieger and Tom Nick Cocotos
What’s on your 2014 Summer Reading List? What books are you most looking forward to reading with your kids this year?