There are endless ways to have summer fun, but with the right books, reading will be one of your child's go-to activities during these more relaxed months.
Maintaining a voracious appetite for reading is especially important for kids ages 8 to 10. According to the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, the number of kids who read for fun five to seven days per week drops from 57 percent to 35 percent between ages 8 and 9.
Help your child pick out books that let them explore a wide range of genres, as well as page-turning series books that'll set them on a reading marathon. Popular series, like I Survived and The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, are a great way to keep your growing reader engaged and help them build key reading comprehension skills.
If your child is interested in books about friendship and fun adventures, check out The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy's Great Idea — the official origin story of Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey forming the iconic baby-sitters club! There’s also Last Gate of the Emperor, a sci-fi book about Yared Heywat discovering kingdoms in the sky and fighting city-razing monsters. Your reader will enjoy reading these engaging books all summer long.
From May 9 to August 19, kids can visit Scholastic Home Base to participate in the free, fun, and safe summer reading program. As part of the program, kids can read e-books, attend author events, and keep Reading Streaks™ to help unlock a donation of 100K books from Scholastic – distributed to kids with limited or no access to books by Save the Children.
Shop our editors' top summer books picks for ages 8 to 10 below! You can find all books and activities at The Scholastic Store.
For more books for ages 8 to 10, check out The Bad Guys Series and Who Would Win? Book Series. Keep your child reading over the summer with expert tips and book recommendations with our summer reading guide. Plus, look ahead with a middle school reading list.