The Ultimate Summer Reading List for Kids Ages 9 – 12

by Janssen Bradshaw

There is nothing more magical than long summer days filled with warm weather, family activities, and plenty of reading.

Even as an adult, I love the feeling of school letting out and having more free time to read without a school schedule. It means more time for my middle-grade readers to snuggle up with a stack of new books!

If you have a middle grader in your home, these are some terrific books for them to read independently, together, or listen to as audiobooks on a summer road trip! You will find books filled with magical creatures, adventure, and bravery on this list — there is something for everyone!

Looking for summer reading ideas for younger or older kids? Check out our 2023 lists for Kids Ages 3 – 5, Ages 6 – 8, and Teens.