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.





Alright, where on EARTH did you find that awesome illustration? I must know.

I'm so happy to see Socks for Supper and Dealing with Dragons on there.... two of my all time favorites!

Bonnie Anderson says: July 19, 2010 at 02:49 PM

I love books! Reading through your list reminded me of a great memory: My almost-3-year-old great-nephew pulling books out of the basket and then slowly walking backwards a few steps toward the couch, so that he was perfectly aligned to be lifted on to an adult lap for reading time. Brings a tear to my eye, 12 years later!
In his era it was the discovery of the Harry Potter books. Loved those books that had children (esp. boys) reading avidly and parents taking over the book once the kids had gone to bed.

What a great idea!! Thanks for putting the list together!

I loved seeing the summer reading list. It gives me new ideas for my girls who are 8 and 6. We are always on the lookout for new books as we are voracious readers around our house.

When my husband and I were waiting to adopt our girls from China we started a book collection for them. We had no idea how old they would be or how big they would be so we knew a book would always be a perfect fit.

I have a few books to suggest too.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

My girls have LOVED these books and so have I!

Completely agree with the suggested inclusion of Rkki Tikki Tavi - it's my fave Just So Stories tale. First read it when I was little and it's stayed with me ever since. Rudyard Kipling was a genius.

Lori on Little Traverse Bay says: July 20, 2010 at 08:44 AM

What a great list! Thanks for sharing. I'm currently reading A Wrinkle in Time with my 11-year-old son as a read-aloud.

No children's reading list would be complete, though, without something by John Burningham. My favorite is Cannonball Simp, but any of his stories are great.

claudia horner says: July 20, 2010 at 09:29 AM

Wow, memory lane, and such good memories, especially in the summer when my mom would say, "at least go outside to read!" Thank you for such a great list.

Oh! I love this! My "summer" reading list just got longer. What a lovely idea to keep track of your reading.

I was absolutely charmed to see my grandmother's book - The Blue Nosed Witch on your list. Of course it was an essential part of my childhood, but as it's not a well known book I haven't met anyone who had it as part of THEIR childhood, so this was a lovely surprise.

I didn't see on your list but highly recommend: Elizabeth Goudge (The Little White Horse, Henrietta's House for children, The Middle Window etc for adults) and Eleanor Farjean (Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard; The Glass Slipper)

This is truly wonderful! Thank you so much for putting it together.
Would you mind if I linked this post in my post?

Oh we are jumping up and down across the pond as we always have a summer reading list (me and my three little ones) so this is JUST PERFECT. Thank you ! XX

woohooooo! thank you!

Thank you!

Awesome list. I have read most of the books on the list, and they are my favorites as well (unlike most other lists I have come across). I do have to add a plug for "Understood Betsy", it really is worth adding. Also, I'm so glad the Rumer Godden books are on the list. Good to know that I'm not the only person reading them.

thanks for this - it's great!

Beautiful. Just beautiful. Like everything you create. :) I am so touched that The Seagulls Woke Me made the list! I just know you will love it.

Thank you, Alicia! I'm sending this to my friends with small children! (And, er, maybe taking a look for myself, too.)

What a great list! I know I'm way too late adding in my two cents, but I'd feel remiss if I didn't suggest these books that my kids have read OVER and OVER and OVER again:

Who's Got the Apple by Jan Pfloog
Gaspard & Lisa books by Anne Gutman
Gumbrella by Barry Root
Lottie's Beach Towel by Petra Mathers
Dinosaur Bob by William Joyce

I'm sad that my youngest is now reading to herself. Picture books are one of the greatest pleasures on earth!

jennifer brannen says: July 31, 2010 at 08:55 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to compile this list. I started a book club with my 5 and 7 year old daugters and my 8 yr old niece and I am so glad to have this reference. It looks like lots of what we are looking for. P.S.I really enjoy your blog!

Amazing list. Thank you for compiling and sharing!

Love it. my 8 year old twins devour books. We are reading "Alice through the looking glass" at the moment ans they are already eying off "Anne of Green Gables" for the next one!

I have not read the entire article but the way you write it. It’s really amazing and I’m enjoying it.

Did something happen to the reading list PDF? I lost my copy, and can't find it to reprint. It was so good!

Hello, I think the link for the booklist may be broken. It's a wonderful compilation and I would like to share it with a friend.
xoxo, to you and the baby!

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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.