Summer Reading Challenge

For kids in Grades K-12

Share the books you like and
get inspired by other kids' reviews

Choose your book from our list of recommended reading titles. If you can't find a book there that interests you, ask your teacher or a friend for recommendations! You can also read other students reviews to get ideas!
Read your book and try to pay close attention to things like the plot, the characters, the vocabulary, and other important details. It might be good to take notes or write summaries of chapters as you read so that you can look back on these notes later on!
Fill out your book log with the name, author, and a review of your book. Make sure to include a brief summary of the plot without spoilers, your opinions with explanations, and a number rating out of 10 stars.
Pick a new book and repeat!
Submit as many books as possible by August 25th and earn cool accessories from Kiddy School!
  • Choose a book from our list or from somewhere else! Friends, teachers, and relatives are great to ask for recommendations!
  • Don't write important spoilers in your reviews. If information spoils the ending or tells a plot twist, we don't want to mention it in a review in case people who read our review decide to read it.
  • Only type in or edit your log. You can and should read other students' logs, but we can see if you make changes to a log that is not your own and it will damage other students' work. If you like someone's review or want to share your ideas with them, tell your teacher and talk about it in class--but don't write on their log.
  • Only log books that you have a) never read before and b) read from start to finish.
  • Write your own original reviews without using the internet. We want to hear your ideas!

Book Recommendations

Grade K-1
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Mark Chambers
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • My Tree by Hope Lim
  • Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
  • ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! by Raúl the Third
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Grade 2
  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
  • Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
  • Just-so Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  • Bartholemew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat
Grade 3
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • The End of the Beginning by Avi
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Walking the Road to Freedom by Jeri Ferris
  • Izzy Bar, Running Star by Claudia Mills
  • Judy Moody Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Bloom
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder
Grade 4
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Bloom
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Grade 5
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Grade 6
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts: A Tale From Alcatraz by Gennifer Choldenko
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Just As Long as We’re Together by Judy Bloom
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Book Review Submission

Tell what the story is about. Tell readers what you liked and disliked. Give the book a rating out of 10 stars.

Get inspired by other students' reviews