Summer vacation often brings kids and parents a sense of freedom. However, the absence of daily school leaves many parents looking for ways to keep young minds sharp and occupied. Reading out loud with your kids is not only a fantastic way to keep the books open at home and during the summer, but it also gives parents and children a meaningful and lasting way to connect and spend time together. Reading out loud together offers parents and children alike the opportunity to build cherished memories as a family. Here is a list of a variety of great books to read out loud to your kids that the whole family will enjoy!
For pre-school through early elementary school kids:
When their town is threatened by an infestation of wasps, these resourceful citizens come up with a brilliant plan that will leave you and your children giggling.
This little book, written in catchy tongue-twisting rhymes, will delight your little ones.
This is a fun singsong story about the potential complications of swallowing an insect!
Ever been threatened that you would turn into whatever you ate? This becomes a shocking reality for a little girl who loves pink cupcakes.
The wild cause-and-effect narration in this story will bring hilarious anticipation at the turn of each page!
This little tale connects with youngsters who are eager to gain their independence.
This book will bring parents and children together with its sweet portrayal of the love between a son and his mother.
Dr. Seuss's goofy rhymes will entertain and fill kids with wonder!
This is an ironic story about a goose that tries to procrastinate in an attempt to have a day of relaxation. She learns some important lessons, including the value of good friends.
This story about a boy's rough day is laden with humor that will surely bring smiles.
For later elementary school through middle school kids:
Park's Junie B. Jones series is written from the hysterical point of view of a kindergartener. Her understandings of the world and people around her are a priceless joy.
This book of quirky and silly poems is a quick read that will leave you and your kids laughing out loud!
A young woman and her cousins go on an adventure. Parents and children will both enjoy this journey of self-discovery and familial bonds.
Charlotte's Web is a charming animal tale that bestows a great amount of wisdom upon its readers. This is a wonderful read for all ages.
This is a marvelous read for children interested in a fun adventure laden with mystery.
Ramona is a quirky little girl with a big personality. Her stories are great out-loud reads!
The Boxcar Children is a perfect choice for a calm afternoon read with the kids.
C.S. Lewis has a remarkable level of symbolism and wisdom in his Chronicles of Narnia. This second book will leave children in awe and eager for more.
If your kids like lots of adventure and lots of humor, this spunky and fresh series is sure to please. The wide variety of characters and personalities makes for a brilliant read-out-loud experience.