100 Popular Children's Books For Kids To Read This Summer - YUMMommy

100 Popular Children's Books For Kids To Read This Summer

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  Should you click on any of the cute pictures in this post or click on any of the books in my Amazon store widget at the end and make a purchase, I will be paid a certain percentage of your total.

In case you haven't heard, my family will be reading 100 books this summer!  And guess what yesterday we challenged you and your family join us. (Click here for more deets!)  It's no secret that my kids and I love to read, but we want to help other families to love or at least embrace reading as well.  With some help from Moo, I was able to put together a list of 100 popular children's books that you can read with your kids this summer.  

This list is also serving as Moo's and JJ's summer reading bucket list for the YUMMommy 100 Books Family Summer Reading Challenge.  Yes, I have my own separate bucket/TBR list.  We hope that you will find some books here that your little ones would like to read even if you don't join in our challenge. So without further ado, I present to you The List!

The List

1. Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
2. Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Treehouse series) by Mary Pope Osborne
3. Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
4. Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
5. Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
6. The Berenstain Bears Gone Fishin! by Mike Berenstain
7. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly & James Dean
8. Pinkalicious: Fairy House by Victoria Kann
9. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
10. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

11. Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
12. The Berenstain Bears' Lemonade Stand by Mike Berenstain
13. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin
14. I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty
15. The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz
16. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
17. Hello, Olaf! by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
18. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby-Powell
19. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
20. The Berenstain Bears at the Aquarium by Jan & Mike Berenstain

21. Silverlicious by Victoria Kann
22. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
23. Happy to Be Nappy by Bell Hooks
24. Vision of Beauty: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker by Kathryn Lasky
25. Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
26. Bintou's Braids by Sylvianne A. Diouf & Shane Evans
27. Flossie & the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack
28. I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
29. In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder
30. Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks

31. Keep Climbing, Girls by Beah E. Richards
32. Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora
33. In the Small, Small Night by Jane Kurtz
34. The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora
35. Come On, Rain by Karen
36. Bravo, Grace by Mary Hoffman
37. Disney Princess: A Pony for a Princess by Andrea Posner-Sanchez
38. Pet Fairies to the Rescue! by Daisy Meadows
39.Pete the Cat Play Ball by James Dean
40. Little Bill: The Best Way to Play by Bill Cosby

41. Lego City All Hands on Deck by Marilyn Easton
42. The Berenstain Bears' Seashore Treasure by Stan & Jan Berenstain
43. Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
44. Dancing Diva (Sugar Plum Ballerinas series) by Whoopi Goldberg
45. Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes
46. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pickney
47. Arthur In New York by Marc Brown
48. Sleeping Beauty by Mary Man-Kong
49. Lego Hero Factory: The Brain Wars by Catherine Saunders
50. The Diary of B.B. Brights, Possible Princess by Alice & Caroline Randall

51. Encore, Grace by Mary Hoffman
52. White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman
53. Perfectly Prima (Sugar Plum Ballerinas series) by Whoopi Goldberg
54. The Berenstain  Bears Play T-Ball by Stan & Jan Berenstain
55. A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
56. Trivia Queen, 3rd-Grade Supreme (Ruby and the Booker Boys series) by Derrick Barnes
57. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
58. Justice League: I am the Flash by John Sazaklis
59. Dirt on My Shirt by Jeff Foxworthy
60. National Geographic Kids: Trains by Amy Shields

61. Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas) by Whoopi Goldberg
62. The Berenstain Bear by the Sea by Stan & Jan Berenstain
63. Say Hello by Rachel Isadora
64. What's Cooking, Jamela? by Niki Daly
65. Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
66. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey
67. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon Flake
68. The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
69.The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
70. Lego City: Help Is On the Way by Sonia Sander

71. Minnie's Pet Salon by Bill Scollon
72. The Fisherman and His Wife by Rachel Isadora
73. The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation by Stan & Jan Berenstain
74.Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
75. VeggieTales: All Is Fair When We Share by Karen Poth
76. The Invincible Iron Man by Billy Wrecks
77. What Mess? by Tom Lichtenheld
78. Fancies Doll in the Universe by Jane O'Connor
79. So Much! by Trish Cooke
80. The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing

81. Minnie: A Walk in the Park by Gina Gold
82. A South African Night by Rachel Isadora
83. Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas by Carolyn Vaughan
84. Sugar Plums to the Rescue by Whoopi Goldberg
85. Petting Zoo by Gail Tuchman
86. Alexander, Who's Not (Do you hear me?  I mean it!) Going to Move by Judith Voirst
87. The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies by Stan & Jan Berenstain
88. Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O'Connor
89. The Best Father of All by Peter Horn
90. Plum Fantastic (Sugar Plum Ballerinas series) by Whoopi Goldberg

91. Minnie: The Case of the Missing Sparkle-izer by Bill Scollon
92. Father and Son: A Nativity Story by Geraldine McCaughrean
93. My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac
94. If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
95. Harry and the Lady Next Door Gene Zion
96. I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal
97. Caribbean Dream by Rachel Isadora
98. ABC Pop! by Rachel Isadora
99. We March by Shane W. Evans
100. Over the Green Hills by Rachel Isadora

Don't forget to check out my bookstore to grab any the books on this list that caught your eye!  I'll be back next week to update you guys on our progress.

Happy Reading!

 photo BlogSignature_zps0dda2cf9.png


  1. I love this! My kids and I are doing a reading challenge too!! We stocked up on some books at the library yesterday, we will probably live there for the next few months. :)

  2. This is an amazing list! Some of our favorites, and a lot that I'm adding to our library list. I hope they have Silvericious!!!!

  3. This is a great list. I love how there are so many different kinds of books and can reach all genders. We're going to have to join the challenge too!

  4. Wow! What a great list! Thanks for sharing this at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  5. Great list! I'll be pinning and adding some of these to our reading lists as well!