I love coming up with a summer reading list each year based on the interests of my child and his/her reading level. Drawing on reading lists from teachers, the local library, and browsing the bookstore, we make a list that is challenging, exciting, and rewarding.
Younger children should have the opportunity to try loads of new picture books over the summer. Get a library card if you haven't already. Start with authors like Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak, Crockett Johnson, Dr. Seuss, Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, and other favorites.
Great books and series for older children (5 & up):
Commander Toad series
Anything by Roald Dahl
‘Where The Mountain Meets The Moon’ is a new favorite
Enid Blyton's series, The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree, and The Folk of the Faraway Tree
The Magic Treehouse Series
Anything by Beverly Cleary or EB White
The Mysterious Benedict Society