It’s happened – Summer has come to an end and the kiddos are back in school. For some, this is a blessing; for others, it’s bittersweet. The house is quiet and clean(er). Routines are back in place. And our kids are back to learning.

Over summer, there were reading programs through the library, and even some schools. But, for a lot of families, reading takes a back burner during the summer in lieu of pool parties, trips to the beach and let’s be honest – just lazing around the house.

Now, however, it’s time to get back into the practice of daily reading with our young (as well as the not-so-young) ones. Reading can be a chore for a lot of kids, and for parents as well. Finding that extra half hour between homework, dinner, chores, etc. can seem overwhelming. Add in all the extra activities, friends, meetings and well, fitting in that reading time still somehow manages to find the always existent back burner.

I know. Because I’m describing myself here!

My son doesn’t just dislike reading – it’s the ultimate torture for him. Which makes it torture on us. It’s difficult for me to understand, because I grew up LOVING books! And not just books. I would read virtually anything that had words on it. The back of the shampoo bottle was a point of interest for me. So, to have a kid who will go to great extremes to avoid actually reading is quite foreign to me.

To help combat this struggle, I’ve reached out to several trusted friends to obtain their favorite reading lists in hopes to bring some light to our reading time. And, to make it fun again!!

I’ve broken this list into 3 parts: Elementary Level, Middle School Level, and High School Level books. You know your kids best – choose the books you know will appeal to them. For the younger kids, consider reading the higher level books TO them to help expose them to a new level of excitement!

Here are the TOP 5 books in each reading level:


  1. The Little Princess
  2. Holes
  3. Monty, The Bear Who Became a Celebrity
  4. The Secret Garden
  5. Piggle Wiggle

Middle School:

  1. The Hobbit
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. Eragon
  4. Heidi
  5. Nancy Drew

High School:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Hunger Games
  3. Read Me or Stay Broke
  4. Unbroken
  5. Percy Jackson series


I hope you and your family will take some time to bring the enjoyment of reading back into your lives! I know we’ll be setting aside time in our home throughout this school year to read through this list of books together!

Have a favorite that didn’t make it on this list? Drop us a comment and tell us what it is!

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