My Kids 2021 Diverse Summer Reading List

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Each year, I love putting together a reading list for my kids. I love letting them choose books they love, and summer is a great time for us to introduce a few new titles that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. My kids love to read so it’s never felt pushy, and it’s super fun for me to find some new titles in genres that they love.

It’s also a chance for me to ensure they’re getting some diverse perspectives in their reading. Of course, I want reading to be fun and fulfilling for them. I also want it to be an opportunity for “windows” as well as “mirrors.” Since they do so much reading over the summer, anyway, it’s nice to include a few titles that either might not have crossed their radar or may be just a bit outside their comfort zones.

Here are the books I’ve chosen for our 2021 diverse summer reading list!

Family Read Alouds

In addition to individual books, we always have a few family read alouds. They’re perfect for family book club discussions, to listen to in the car, or as bedtime reading. Here’s what’s on the docket for this summer!

3 Global Children’s Book Club Chapter Books

We’ve truly loved every single chapter book we’ve read so far this year for the Global Children’s Book Club. If you haven’t yet read some of them, summer is the perfect time to pick them up, whether or not you’re interested in the accompanying activities.

For the 3 months of summer, we’ll be reading the following:

10 Year Old Summer Reading List: Rising 5th Grade Summer Reading

My 10 year old is an absolutely voracious reader who adores fantasy and light sci-fi. He also enjoys some historical fiction, but often prefers well-written nonfiction history instead. Here’s what I chose for him!

8 Year Old Summer Reading List: Rising 3rd Grade Summer Reading

My 8 year old also always has her nose in a book, and especially loves Harry Potter. I’m excited to share some new-to-her titles that I think she’ll really enjoy.

6 Year Old Summer Reading List: Rising 1st Grade Summer Reading

My 6 year old is my more reluctant reader. He’s been a capable reader for a couple years now, but didn’t often choose it on his own. However, his reading really took off in terms of enjoyment and confidence when he started Savvy Reading a few months ago. Since then, he’s read tons of early chapter books of his own volition. It couldn’t make me happier! (Here’s more about our experience with Savvy.)

Still, he struggles with getting started with new books, so I’m planning to read the first few pages or chapter of these to get him going. He typically takes off reading after he’s hooked and I think these are ones he’ll really love.

3 Year Old Summer Reading List: Preschool Summer Reading

To me, preschool summer reading is all about having fun and enjoying reading, even if it means reading certain books over and over and over. My 3 year old truly could be read to all day long so I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to join in with his siblings.

  • Juana and Lucas. We read this for the Global Children’s Book Club last year and we all LOVED it. I think my 3 year old will find it even funnier now (and probably doesn’t remember much from before.)
  • 100 Picture Books. We’re practicing counting to 100, so this will be perfect!

I’d love to hear – do you put together summer reading lists? Do you make suggestions or do your kids take the lead on all their reading? Or is it a mix like in our family? I’d love to hear (and please share any book titles you’ve loved recently!)!

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