2020 Children’s Summer Reading Guide | Baltimore County Moms

Summer is going to be different and challenging this year. There is a lot of uncertainty about how kids will fill their summer days without camps, vacations, and other typical summertime activities. That’s where reading can play a big part in your child’s day-to-day activities.


Taking time out to read a book is a great form of entertainment that has numerous benefits. Reading takes you to another place and time, full of adventure and imagination. A book can teach valuable lessons and increase knowledge. There are many rewards to reading a book, here are just a few:


  • Mental Stimulation
  • Stress Relief
  • Education
  • Improves Concentration
  • Vocabulary Expansion



Below is a list of books by age that will make summer reading FUN—ENJOY!


Ages 3-5

  1. The World Needs More Purple People

by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman


  1. Sorry (Really Sorry)

by Joanna Cotler, illustrated by Harry Bliss


  1. Elbow Grease Magnetic Play Book

by John Cena, illustrated by Dave Aikins


  1. Bedtime Bonnet

by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers


  1. Cool Cuts

by Mechal Renee Roe


  1. Just Like Me

by Vanessa Brantley Newton


  1. The Bug Girl

by Sophia Spencer with Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoet


  1. I Found A Kitty!

by Troy Cummings



Ages 6-8

  1. The President of the Jungle

by André Rodrigues, Larissa Ribeiro, Paula Desgualdo and Pedro Markun


  1. I am Leonardo da Vinci

by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos


  1. Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle

by Helen Peters, illustrated by Ellie Snowdon


  1. The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

by Pseudonymous Bosch, illustrated by Shane Pangburn


  1. Rollo’s Many Coats

by Reed Duncan, illustrated by Keith Frawley


  1. Our Friend Hedgehog

by Lauren Castillo


  1. Jack at the Zoo

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli


  1. Thank You, Helpers

by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Michael Emmerson



Ages 9-12

  1. Clean Getaway

by Nic Stone


  1. Confessions of a Dork Lord

by Mike Johnston, illustrated by Marta Altés


  1. The Runaway Princess

by Johan Troïanowski


  1. Wink

by Rob Harrell


  1. The Imaginaries

by Emily Winfield Martin


  1. Echo Mountain

by Lauren Wolk


  1. The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane

by Kate O’Shaughnessy


  1. The List of Things That Will Not Change

by Rebecca Stead

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