2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids

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2014 Summer Reading List Elementary

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


2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids
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.

2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids

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!

2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids
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!

2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids 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?

2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids

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.

2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids

Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star


2014 Summer Reading List for Elementary Kids

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?

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  1. Terry says:

    What a great reading list. I see quite a few my Grandson would enjoy.
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  2. on the 14 were going to the library to sign my 7 year old up for the summer reading program. There are a few on this list I know my daughter will want

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    We get required summer reading assigned from school, so my kids will be doing that :)

  4. Kay Adeola says:

    Such a great list of books and they look really good.My kiddies have lots of books at home but we could always use some more.
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  5. kristi says:

    My son should have a required reading list for the summer. This is a great list that my soon to be 5th grader can pick some books from. :)

  6. I will have to check out a few of these for my son, he is not reading yet but loves having books read to him.
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  7. Scott says:

    You can’t forget Captain Underpants! He was a reading staple in our house!
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  8. Rosey says:

    I’m going to look for Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. That’s a fun title. :)

  9. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

    These look like awesome kid books! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    Every single one of those is new to me, which makes this kinda fun! Great suggestions for kids!
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  11. Some great sounding reads there – they sound so fun :) and I don’t think I have previously heard of any :) x
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  12. This is a good reading list for children, I try to get my daughter to read as much as she can; she loves it.

  13. That looks like a really great list. My girls are all into Fancy Nancy at the moment.
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  14. becca says:

    That’s a great reading list. One of my favorite books is The Napping House.
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  15. Pam says:

    My kids are grown but I will have to buy the “How to Babysit a Grandma” and send it to my Mom so she can read it with her younger grandchildren and great-grandchildren. That looks so cute.

  16. Theresa says:

    What an awesome list! My daughter is getting ready to start middle school, so we are on to chapter books now, but she did love those Pinkalicious books in elementary!
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  17. My son loves being read to, we just got a few books for his collection. You have a great selection here.

  18. I bed that Frozen book would be a top seller – even my niece would want it.
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  19. Tess says:

    A great selection of books there. I love it when the kids read.
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  20. Danielle says:

    What a great list! I love the Pete the Cat books and so does my son. I do hope that he is getting lots of reading in this summer while he is away at camp.
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  21. lawna says:

    Frozen seems to be all the rage right now so I bet a lot of kiddos will be happy to see that book! Although, all the books look like great reads!

  22. Always looking for more great children’s books. It can be hard to find the gems unless you have someone who’s recommending the ones they’ve read and liked. Pinning for later reference! :)
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  23. Annie says:

    Peanut Butter & Jellyfish looks really cute. Great list of books for parents to utilize :)
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  24. I miss reading books like these with my girls! We had such quality time sitting together and reading.
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  25. This looks like a great list of books for elementary kids! There’s a few I would love to get for my daughter, who is only 3. :)
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  26. Dawn says:

    These look like great books! When I was a child, my favorite book was Bridge To Terabithia. I was so excited when they made it into a movie a few years ago.
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