This summer, Patch is teaming up with ReadKiddoRead, the children's literacy foundation established by author James Patterson, to help bring parents a list of age-appropriate summer reading materials.
Here's the ReadKiddoRead summer reading picks for children ages 11 and older. Parents, you can find reviews of these books and more in the Advanced Reads section of ReadKiddoRead.com.
For more summer reading lists, visit our Summer Reading topic page.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
A thrilling reading experience which combines fantasy with haunting vintage photography. Find out what happens when 16-year-old Jacob discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus series)
by Rick Riordan
After rebuilding Camp Half-Blood, Kronos, Percy and their friends inherit a quest for which they need help from a few demigods.
by Ally Condie
What happens when Cassia has to choose between her ideal mate, Xander and Ky, the boy she’s actually interested in? Will she live within the system or challenge its rules?
Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard series)
by James Patterson
Siblings Wisty and Whit need to defend themselves against accusations of witchcraft, fight against a regime that wants to suppress life, liberty, books and music...all while navigating the perils of being a normal teenager.
by Louis Sachar
When Stanley Yelnats is given a choice between prison and Camp Green Lake, he readily chooses the easy option. But Camp Green Lake is not what it seems…
by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy
New York City kid James and his beetle friend, Marvin get caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer.
by Vera Brosgol
Anya believes that she needs a friend in her life. And she finds one in the bottom of a well. But what do you do when your new BFF is actually a ghost?
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
11-year old Delphine has it all together. But one crazy summer in 1968 with her mother threatens to change everything.
When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Miranda receives four letters that will change her life forever.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
A beloved classic that tells the story of one of the most heroic protagonists in American fiction – Atticus Finch.
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
Sixteen-year old Miles leaves his uneventful life behind in pursuit of the “Great Perhaps.”
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
by Catherine Thimmesh
Read the story of the team that contributed to the success of the first-ever lunar mission.
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
by Georgia Bragg
The deaths of 19 famous people, told in gory and sardonic detail.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusack
The story of Liesel Meminger, who discovers books and her passion for reading against the backdrop of World War II.
by Laura Hillenbrand
The extraordinary novel based on the equally extraordinary true story of the horse that won against all the odds.
by Laura Hillenbrand
A World War II airman uses ingenuity, determination, humor and resilience to survive in the open ocean after a doomed flight.
"For young adult readers, I would highly recommend To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee), Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), and the more recently published The Book Thief (Zusak). Adults would benefit from revisiting these wonderful selections as well.
"My favorite book as an older teen was Siddhartha by Hesse, the story of a young man's search for enlightenment."
Tell us what you think! What are you reading this summer? What did you think of this list? Are there other books that should make it to the list? Share your reading experiences with us and post a comment below!