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Summer Reading: Book Lists and Tips for Every Age

by the Brightly Editors

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Photography by Seana Williamson

School’s out for summer, which means the summer reading fun is about to begin! With no homework or packed schedules to worry about, those long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time for kicking back with a good book.

Because summer reading can be both fun and educational, we’ve compiled everything you need to help kids read and learn over the summer months. Download our Summer Reading Bingo Card for a fun, enriching reading experience that encourages kids to expand their reading horizons, and use our book recommendation lists to fulfill each prompt. Plus, find tips on stopping the summer slide, print out activities to keep kids entertained, explore funny audiobooks for families on the go, and so much more!


  • 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.



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Summer Reading Book Bingo