Summer Reading Lists for Preschoolers and Kids Aged 2-7

The ReadKiddoRead suggested summer reading list for children ages 2-7.

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 aged two to seven. 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.

Shark vs. Train
by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Who do you think will win, Shark or Train?

by John Rocco  
A summer blackout can actually be a great party!

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Read about the adventures of best friends Dog and Bear.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
by Mo Willems
What happens when a pigeon volunteers to drive a bus? An engaging story in question and answer format where you can decide his fate.

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Turns out that an ordinary box with ordinary yarn isn’t ordinary at all.

No, David!
by David Shannon
What happens when little David does everything that his mother tells him not to do?

Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
A timeless classic about the ways in which a peddler tries to outwit a band of monkeys.

Doctor De Soto
by William Steig   
Doctor De Soto is a great dentist and treats only gentle animals. But what happens when the fox has a toothache? Will kindhearted Doctor De Soto turn him away?  
Horton Hatches the Egg
by Dr. Seuss
The whole jungle is talking about Horton the elephant, who’s just hatched an egg.


"Emergent readers might choose any of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. Understanding the young psyche, Mr. Willems instills these books with a child-like humor and sensibility."

Did you have fun reading these books with your kids? Were your kids engaged with the stories? Are there other books that should make it to the list? Share your reading experiences with us and post a comment below!


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