If you're looing for fun ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun this summer, our Summer Bucket List will do the job! Here's a fun printable to get some inspiration and keep the fun going all summer long!
Here is a basic age guide to help if you're doing the choosing. Every kid is different, but this should put you in the ballpark.
Adults enjoy these books too! Give 'em a read!
Kids = 7-9
Teens = 13+
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan's best-selling series is filled with a great cast of characters! Led by 12-year-old Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief brings Greek mythology to life in the most entertaining way possible!
Overflowing with funny scenes, fantasy, action and adventure,Percy Jackson & The Olympiansis a fantastic series with a great follow-up series as well!
This series features fun illustrations, a handwritten font and an easy conversational style of writing that make this a great series for kids!
The Diary of a Wimpy Kidbooks are a cross between a comic book/graphic novel and a journal. Even kids that don't normally love to read will find themselves flying through the pages and laughing along with Greg Heffley and the rest of the gang!
Fabulous books for kids that go in for funny reads, graphic novels/comic books and want a story that moves along at a quick pace!
This is an incredible book series that is a great way to get your kid excited about reading!
Jack and Annie are a brother and sister team that travel throughout time, meet historical people, mythical creatures and characters, and experience everything you could just about think of! Young readers will turn page after page to see what happens next!
There's something for everyone with this series! Culture, history, magic, space, sports, dinosaurs and ninjas are just a few of the adventures that Jack and Annie experience in the Magic Tree Housebook series!
Perfect for young readers, The Magic Tree House series of beginning chapter books are high-interest reads that provide both quick-paced stories and plenty of follow ups to keep the adventures coming!
A Magic Tree House Series Bonus:Many of the Magic Tree House books have 'Fact Tracker' companion bookslike this onewhich are fabulous non-fiction additions to learn more about the subject!
Age: Young Kids (6-9)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner, is finally opening the doors to his highly secret factory! Five lucky winners will find a golden ticket in the Wonka chocolate bar and be able tour the Wonka Chocolate Factory!!
Whether it's the Oompa Loompas, Willy Wonka, or Charlie and the golden ticket holders, there's no shortage of crazy fun characters, a great story line and fantastic settings which is everything you need to make this a book that's fun for kids and adults alike!
This is a terrific book series for all those kids who are into spies and adventure!
This fast-paced series is great for reluctant readers and has plenty of hold-your-breath moments that will keep kids glued to the book page after page!
Thing Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible, but British!
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Age: Mids, younger teens
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter book series goes without needing an intro! Just in case your kid hasn't read it yet, though- let me assure you, this is an incredible series that has it all!
Magic, quests, humor, friendship, drama and surprises are woven into a compelling story line that have solidified it's spot as the best-selling book series in history!
Harry Potter has some of the best movie adaptations we've ever seen as well! However, you definitely need to read the books first!
Age: older Kids, Mids, Teens+
The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four kids pass a series of challenging tests and puzzles that bring them to the next step - to go undercover on a secret mission.
Arriving (undercover) as students at an educational institute located on a nearby island, Reynie, Sticky, Kate and Constance must work together to thwart the attempts of a criminal mastermind!
Far from your average kids' book, The Mysterious Benedict Society has an intricately woven plot with clever twists, fantastic characters and worthy surprises that will capture and hold your attention to the very end!
Age: Kids & Mids, (Teens and adults like it too! It's a fantastic book with great follow-ups!)