Welcome to the Summer-Reading Booklist!

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This booklist is made up entirely of a selection of suggestions from readers of a little blog called Posie Gets Cozy, who generously recommended their favorite children’s titles for inclusion here. It has no particular rhyme or reason, other than that these books are books that Somebody Somewhere loves.

Some of these books are old, some of them are new, some of them are out-of-print, some of them you may only be able to find if you look very hard in secret places (I’ll leave that to you). All of them certainly sound delightful, from what I can tell, but I myself have only read a handful, so of course you (and your mom or dad) must use your own judgment about whether a book on the list is appropriate for you.

With the help of some Very Trusty Librarians [named Sian, Flora, and Andrea, and who are THE BEST — thank you ever so much, you guys], I’ve organized these titles according to age groups, but I have no doubt you will find things that overlap. If an author is very popular, she or he may have lots of great books out there, but I’ve limited the number of titles I’ve included for any particular author to just about three. If a book is part of a series, I’ve listed the first title in the series followed by an asterisk (*), so you’ll know to go back and read more if you find something you like. When you finish a book, you can put a sticker in the first column, right on top of the blue thing (you'll see what I mean when you see the list). And then you’ll always know which books you’ve read. I also left a little room at the end of each section for you to add a few favorites of your own.

I think it’s going to take us many summers to read all of these books, so you might even punch holes in the pages and put them all in a nice binder to take with you when you go to the library or bookstore.

Have fun, and happy reading!


Your friend,
Alicia P.





Kristina says: July 16, 2010 at 07:35 PM

Thank you for this wonderful list, Alicia. As a lifelong bookworm I recognize many of my favorite books on this list. As a teacher I'm going to use it to make sure my students find these treasures also.

Wow! What a great list. Having been a K and 1st grade teacher, I know many of the childrens' books on the list, but I'm so excited to find new ones to read to and with my kids (and for myself, too). I do wish I had mentioned Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series--my favorite childrens' books of all time. They are so precious to read at any age really--universal! Again, great list, and thanks to you (and your helpers) for putting it together!

You have no idea how often I have been checking your blog, waiting for this list. It's embarrassing.

I just promised myself that I would not buy another book until I finished the piles--piles!--of unread books on my shelves. This might be the motivation I need to do it. Or, conversely, the devil on my shoulder that will lead me away from my mission. :)

What a great list you've compiled! If I may add a few more: Understood Betsy is an amazing book, I adored it as a child. And, my favorite children's books of all time, The Children of Noisy Village and Happy Times in Noisy Village, by Astrid Lindgren. These are so good. Really. I promise. Sweeter and less wacky than Pippi, more suitable for younger children, short chapters, lovable characters, funny (even for adults) and you'll want to live in Noisy Village too. Oh, they are good.

Oh how wonderful, I am sure I will be referring to this list for many years!

And I am so happy that you included The Five Little peppers and How They Grew. It is definitely one of our very favorite books, (I have girls, 6 and 10 yrs old)... I have my own copy from when I was little, we have read it at least 3 or 4 times in the past year or so. Actually we have three copies, my oldest reads chapters on her own all the time, another I intend to include in a giveaway on my blog soon, so that we can share the sweet story with others and tell everyone how much we love that book! (In case you can't tell...)

Many more of our favorites are included on your list, so nice of you to share with us all, thank you!

Thank you Alicia! This is a wonderful list and I love the old-fashioned header. I am forever heading to bookstores and libraries and promptly forgetting what book I wanted. This list is super and I am so happy to see a huge amount of them are books that I have read, and plan on reading. And there is such a treasure trove of new-to-me books too. What an awesome gift! Thanks so much to you and the trusty librarians.

This is amazing! Just reading through the list brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood. I would love to go back and read some of these again, and some new ones for the first time!

Laura A. says: July 16, 2010 at 08:58 PM

Alicia P., I love you. You are the sweetest thing. Clover Meadow, please give her a big kiss; she deserves it.

Drew Anna says: July 16, 2010 at 09:23 PM

I absolutely love your blog. I guiltely (is that a word?) read though I have no wonderful blog to offer in return. What a great idea (yet another of many-- you're amazing!) to print a children's reading list. I am going to copy it off and send it to each of my grandchildren. I thought it would be fun to do with them since they are in other towns. Thank you tremendously!

Oh Alicia this is just so incredible! I saw so many of our favorites on the list for littles, and I so look forward to reading the bigger kid books. What an awesome idea to put this together. It seems as though we will be looking back upon this list and treasuring it for years. Thank you thank you! xoPQ

I just love that you have put together this list!! Thank you so much. Such a lovely idea :-)
And you are going to hate me but there is one book you have to have that I can't see here - "Guess How much I love You" by Sam McBratney.
I can never read this without shedding a tear. A happy one.
It is very very lovely and perfect for little people up to about five or six.

It's brilliant - thank you! I'm going to have so much fun just working through it myself, never mind about waiting for the little one to be old enough to read some of these

This is brilliant! I'm always on the lookout for new kids book recommendations. Thank you!!

I love, love , love your blog on so many different levels. This list is going to be a perfect addition to our home for my two children (2 and 5). Great to use for the trips to the library. Thank you v much.

Bread and Jam for Frances! Thank you for bringing back so many memories. I'm definitely going to tuck this list away for our little one.

Love the list -- and love remembering all these titles when my bigguns were littles -- but now my girlees are almost 12 and 14 and ee gad 'tis hard to find good stuff in young adult. The Vampire books are the gateway to reading for my 12 year old so I'm all over those -- my 14 year old has always been a huge reader but now is caught a bit between what she's comfortable with subject wise and what she's comfortable with comprehension wise. Next time go older! (Maybe I'll have that made into a bumper sticker!!)

You and your helpers are the coolest! Thank you for putting this together.

Beautiful! This is totally worth buying a new ink cartridge for my printer!

Thank you for putting this wonderful list together. My daughter will be 3 in Sept and I am always lost (read overwhelmed) at all the choices. I think I will definitely print the list out and have it handy for library trips.

Only you could make something like this SO PRETTY!!! I'm bummed I didn't put my 2 cents worth in when you were doing this...ho hum. I think I was away. This is such a lovely idea. If you ever want to do one for older kids, count me in!

what a marvelous list. thank you.

Jan Olson says: July 17, 2010 at 09:04 AM


I am very shy to leave a comment on blogs as I don't think I am very good at expressing myself with the written word. But I just have to express my gratitude ~ Thank you so much for taking the time and sharing this book list. This is just wonderful and I am so excited to start this with my 5 year old granddaughter! Blessings to you and Andy. Jan Olson

You are awesome.. Always figuring out what we "need" before we even know we do. I love that you made it so personal by your quaint note before the list. Drove by Sauvie’s Island last night and wondered if you were at the farm you always talk about.

Reiki Ree says: July 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Summer Reading Lists! Makes me want to grab a book, a PB&J, some oreos and a bottle of Kool-Aid and go climb my favorite tree to read the afternoon away as I once did, oh-so-many laps-around-the-sun ago!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list. I can't wait to get started!

My Dolly and Me and Does Baby Live Here.<3<3<3

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.