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Ten Great Books to Keep Kids Reading this Summer    

Three of the most dreaded words in the English language are "Mom, I'm bored." Save the Children has the cure for the summertime blues with a fun reading list for kids of all ages.

Whether your little one is a beginning reader or a reluctant one, these lists of expert-recommended fun and educational reads will help your child uncover the bookworm within.

Get your toddlers off to an early reading start with these picks:

  • Mine! A Backpack Baby Story by Miriam Cohen
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Ensure your preschoolers get their daily dose of reading with these book selections:

  • Best Friends by Charlotte Labaronne
  • How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Mine! Mine! Mine! By Shelly Becker

Keep your grade-schooler's reading skills on track with these fun reads:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Best Grade School Books for Kids
You can pick up grade-by-grade book recommendations from literary experts at your local library. You’ll find Summer Reading Lists filled with age-appropriate recommendations to keep your kids engaged and learning all summer long.

Literacy in America
Did you know that if children cannot read at grade level by the time they are in fourth grade, they are unlikely to ever catch up? Yet, only about one third of American fourth-graders are proficient in reading.


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