Summer Book List- From the Youngest on Up.

I thought it might be fund to share what our family has been reading this summer. From the youngest on up.

Picture Books for the youngest (though an awful lot of older people always trail in with these):

Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn (This book is on repeat right now. A daily read. This is a fantastic book for middle children or for children that are always building, inventing, searching for adventure).
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Kamishibai Man by Allan Say


Pond by Jim LaMarche
Hello, Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Come on, Rain by Karen Hesse
Obadiah the Bold by Brinton Turkle
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
Fireflies by Julia Brinkloe

The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Let’s Go Home by Cynthia Rylant
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
All the Places to Love by Patricia Maclachlan
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Chapter Books the Older Children:
The Mistmantle Series (how I wish these were still in print!)
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Brenton Stewart
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Glaser
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
The Moffats by Elanor Estes
Five Children and It by E Nesbit
The King of Golden River by John Ruskin


Mama Bear’s Reads: (A good portion of these were audiobooks while I cleaned out closets and folded laundry!)

The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (Left me smiling for days!)
Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter (I heard audio by Mary Starkey)
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Read along with the Close Reads Podcast series with Circe Institute with guest Karen Swallow Prior. It was delightful!)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers
Carry on, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
My Man Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (its nearly 60% off right now!)
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell


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2 thoughts on “Summer Book List- From the Youngest on Up.

  1. Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for this list! While many of these books were already familiar you introduced our family to some new gems this summer. Andrew Henry’s Meadow is a treasure, in particular! We’ve also been using your oceans/seashore list a lot this summer. We live near the great lakes so for the most part we have to get our oceans secondhand ;).


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