Great Summer Reading for Children and Adults



Adults - consider reading the following books aloud with your children!




Pre-K – 2nd grade


1. Children's Bible - Parents, consider reading this aloud with your children. Read one Bible story each day - or once each week together at the dinner table or before bed!


2. For Pre-school and young elementary age children books by Tomie de Paola are recommended including Strega NonaNana Upstairs & Nana DownstairsThe Clown of God, and Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland to name just a few

3. The Catholic Children's Treasure Box


4. You Are Special by Max Lucado


5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


6. Fireman Small by Wong Herbert Yee


7. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary


8. The Confession of Grace and A Communion of the Heart by Pamela Patnode



Upper Elementary and Middle School


1.Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Read all seven books in the series! The library has all of the books on audio for those who would rather listen to the unabridged books. Listen/read as a family and then watch the movies together. You can compare and contrast the movies to the books!)


2. Ignatius Press has a wonderful series of books about the saints for Elementary/Middle school age children. One favorite is: The Cure of Ars: The Priest who Out-talked the Devil by Milton Lomask


3. The Weight of a Mass by Josephine Nobisso


4. Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt


5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


6. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall


7. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood



High School


1. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom


2. How to Find Your Soul Mate without Losing Your Soul by Jason Evert


3. The Robe by Lloyd Douglas


4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


5. The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly


6. Night by Elie Weisel


7. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis



Great Summer Reading for Adults


1. The Bible - consider beginning with the Gospels and the Psalms


2. Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux 


3. The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy by Penelope Wilcock - fiction but a must read for anyone who plays the role of care giver (the end is especially powerful)


4. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


5. The Lamb's Supper by Dr. Scott Hahn


6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


7. Parenting With Love and Logic and Parenting Teens With Love and Logic by Foster Cline, M.D. and Jim Fay


8. Dare to LIVE Catholic by Pamela Patnode


9. Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza


10. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence




Want more ideas for great reading? Resources to find great reading for all age levels:


Dare to Live Catholic by: Pamela Patnode.


Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education by Laura Berquist


The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by: Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise


Honey for the Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt


Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson