The Ultimate Summer Reading Book List for Ages 3 to 5

Help your child grow into a happy reader with these vocabulary-boosting books.
By Megan Zander
Mar 30, 2020



summer reading list ages 3 to 5

Mar 30, 2020

Summer is a time to soak up the sun and splash around in the pool, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for kids to develop their reading skills for the year ahead. In your child’s case, that might involve preparing for a big milestone like beginning preschool or kindergarten.

Reading books out loud together is a fantastic family activity, even if your child can’t read books by themselves yet. The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report found that more than 80 percent of kids and parents say they love or like read-aloud time a lot. 

One of the best ways to keep kids learning this summer is to join the Scholastic Summer Reading-a-Palooza, a summer reading program designed to develop lifelong readers by encouraging reading for fun during the summer. This year, you and your kids can experience the challenge through Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers stories, characters, and games, in a safe community for readers!

Through Home Base, you and your child can help unlock book donations for kids with limited or no access to books by starting and keeping “reading streaks” when they read every day over the summer. Learn more about the challenge here.

Shop our editors' top summer picks for ages 3 to 5 below! You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store

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