Top 10 summer reading books for kids

By Victoria Phillips, Primary English Curriculum Lead & Year 6 teacher at The English College

Summer is the perfect time for young readers to embark on new adventures through the pages of captivating books. Whether it’s a magical journey, a hilarious tale, or an inspiring story of friendship, these top 10 summer reading books for 3-8 year olds are sure to captivate their imaginations and foster a love for reading.

Get ready for an exciting literary voyage filled with new releases that will make this summer truly unforgettable.

  1. “The Cool Bean” by Jory John (Ages 3-7): In this heartwarming story about friendship and acceptance, meet the “cool” bean who learns that being kind and true to oneself is the ultimate coolness. With witty humour and charming illustrations, this book encourages empathy and celebrates individuality.
  2. “I Am Every Good Thing” by Derrick Barnes (Ages 4-8): Filled with affirmations and positive messages, this empowering book celebrates the greatness within every child. Through vibrant illustrations and poetic prose, it inspires self-confidence, resilience, and the belief that every child is capable of amazing things.
  3. “The Couch Potato” by Jory John (Ages 4-8): Join the hilarious adventures of the Couch Potato, a lovable character who learns the joy of stepping away from screens and embracing the real world. With clever humour and relatable situations, this book encourages balance and outdoor play.
  4. “The Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the Fiddle” by David Litchfield (Ages 4-8): In this enchanting sequel to “The Bear and the Piano,” the bear’s old friend, the dog, discovers a hidden talent for playing the fiddle. With themes of friendship, the power of music, and embracing new passions, this book is a delightful read-aloud choice.
  5. “The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read” by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Ages 5-8): Based on a true story, this inspiring book tells the tale of Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116. Through perseverance and determination, Mary shows that it’s never too late to pursue one’s dreams.
  6. “The One and Only Sparkella” by Channing Tatum (Ages 3-7): Written by actor Channing Tatum, this charming book celebrates individuality and the special bond between a father and daughter. With glittery illustrations and a heartwarming message, it encourages young readers to embrace their true selves.
  7. “All Because You Matter” by Tami Charles (Ages 4-8): This poignant and lyrical book celebrates the importance and inherent worth of every child. Through powerful words and beautiful illustrations, it addresses themes of self-love, racial identity, and the interconnectedness of humanity.
  8. “How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion” by Ashima Shiraishi (Ages 4-8): Based on the true story of a rock-climbing prodigy, this book teaches young readers about determination, perseverance, and problem-solving skills. With colourful illustrations and an inspiring narrative, it empowers children to face challenges head-on.
  9. “The Paper Kingdom” by Helena Ku Rhee (Ages 4-8): Set against the backdrop of a nighttime office building, this heartfelt story explores the power of imagination, family, and the resilience of children. Through its engaging storytelling and captivating illustrations, it encourages creativity and the ability to find joy in unexpected places.
  10. “Ways to Say I Love You” by Marilyn Singer (Ages 3-7): In this beautifully illustrated book, explore the many ways to express love, from whispered words to acts of kindness. With its gentle rhymes and diverse cast of characters, it celebrates the universal language of love.

This summer, immerse young readers in a world of new and exciting books that will spark their imaginations and ignite a lifelong love for reading. From tales of friendship and self-acceptance to inspiring stories of resilience and creativity, these top 10 summer reading books for 3-8 year olds offer a diverse and engaging selection. So, grab a book, find a cosy spot, and let the adventure begin!

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