Summer Reading List

aStart your summer off right and start reading some of the most exciting books on the market right now. Vow to dedicate some time lounging by the pool, in your hammock, on a couch, or wherever it is you like to go when you read and dive into this reading list. Guaranteed to have a little something for everybody, you won’t be disappointed if you challenge yourself to read at least one of the books from the list that fits your age group.

Go to the library, make friends, start a book club and just have fun reading this summer!


Summer Reading List for Ages 17 and Under:

Picture Books:

  • Amos and Boris, by William Steig
  • Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems
  • The Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen


New Readers:

  • Frog and Toad are Friends, by Arnold Lobel
  • Daisy Dawson at the Beach, by Steve Voake
  • Sammy the Seal, Syd Hoff


Classics & Award Winners:

  • Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
  • The Seashore Book, by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien



  • Divergent, by Veronica Roth
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • will grayson, will grayson, by John Green


Summer Reading for Ages 18 and Up:

  • State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
  • The Bohemian Flats, by Mary Relindes Ellis
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  • Lean In For Graduates, by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis

Books make for an adventure all their own. Treat yourself to a thrilling read this summer and you just might be surprised and what you’ve been missing. Sitting down with a good book is a great way to learn, make yourself think, and can even serve as fodder for interesting conversation later on. What are you waiting for? Hit up your local library or favorite book store today!



  1. That’s a solid reading list, for both young and for folks not-as-young. I love reading the Pout Pout fish to my kids. And the Goldfinch is pure…well….gold.

    • Thank you. Donna Tartt is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors. The plot of the Goldfinch really kept me on my toes and the the narrative voice of Theo is so unique it’s startling. But, I think that just makes you fall in love with the book even more. It’s originality. I think all of the books on this list are easy to fall in love with regardless of age.

      • Stephen King said something to the effect of wanting her to write more often. My theory is that it takes ten years to produce something as good as The Goldfinch.

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