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Growing Reader



Summer Reading: Book Lists and Tips for Every Age

by the Brightly Editors

Summer Reading Central 2018
Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan

This summer will look different than most, and with many camps and vacations not happening it’s important to find engaging activities to keep kids busy throughout the day. This year, Brightly has put together a summer reading challenge that’s fun and educational!

Download our Summer Reading Bingo card and use our summer reading book lists to find stories that fulfill each prompt. There’s something for every reader to discover — from book recommendations for all ages to fun activities and so much more.

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Brightly's Summer Reading Bingo



  • Summer Reading for Ages 3 – 5

    Here are some amazing summer books that will keep your young ones engaged no matter what the summer throws at you.

  • Summer Reading for Ages 6 – 8

    It’s more important than ever to keep kids reading over the summer. Reading every day is the best way to prevent the summer slide, or at least reduce it as much as possible.

  • Summer Reading for Ages 9 – 12

    Whether you’re hoping to keep them learning over the summer or you just want to arm your tween with a stack of books that will transport them to a new and exciting place, these middle grade books are a great place to start!

  • Summer Reading for Teens

    If you’re hoping to discover some fabulous debuts or read a new story from a favorite author, there is no shortage of good YA titles to read this summer.