Summer Reading Booklists

While we'd love to bring back the Summer Reading Challenge, 2019 is not in the cards, and we're not sure what the future holds. Please feel free to use the lists below in creating your own summer challenges, or to beef up another challenge you're participating in. Check back here or subscribe to our newsletter for updates. In the mean time, read on below for what we've done in the past!

The official 2016 Outside of a Dog reading list is provided in the links just below. We've increased the number of books in most grades from around 50 to between 80-90 books, but these lists are intended as a sampling of our favorites and are NOT exhaustive, nor are they meant to be confining! If you want to read other books, go for it! Just read five from this list to merit a prize. After that, there's a lot more options throughout the site and listed on the booklogs. Not finding a book you want to read? Shoot us an email at by July 31 and we'll consider adding it (no guarantees). 

We haven't converted these grade level lists to a simple (printable) PDF, but these online lists offer more visual interest and quick access to more information. You can also print these lists off the website, organized by title or author.


The grade level fiction & biography lists below offer a LOT more reading than the Outside of a Dog Booklist, often with TWO to FIVE THOUSAND  titles! They are pretty overwhelming, but there is plenty to browse! Obviously, they can't all make our list of favorites, but everything listed here may be entered on your book logs. And remember, you're not limited to fiction and biographies. There are more areas like history and science non-fiction on the site and still more titles accessible on the digital logs!

Overwhelmed? We thought so. The rest of the lists group books by theme. Learn more about literature genres, sort books by time period or the area in which they were written. Look up series overviews, compare classic translations, and more...

Bible Stories for Kids

Personification Stories

Alphabet & Counting

Rhyming Books

Wordless Stories

Poetry for Kids

Picture Book Treasuries

Board Book Treasuries

Mother Goose

Little Golden Books

Peter Rabbit & friends

Apologetics Press readers

Beginner Books

BibleTime & BibleWise

Bob Books

DK Readers

I Can Read Books

Life of Fred Eden

Penguin Young Readers


Scholasitc Readers

Step Into Reading

Usborne Beginners

Usborne Discovery

Dick & Jane

Science Fiction


Nautical Fiction

Mystery & Suspense

Realistic Fiction

Adventure Stories

Humor & Comedy

Historical Fiction

Romantic Fiction

Poetry for Children

Myths & Fairy Tales

Animal Stories

Tales from Around the World


Survival Stories

Princess Stories


G. A. Henty Books

Exploring Narnia

Lord of the Rings

Little House 

Anne of Green Gables

King Arthur

Jane Austen

R. M. Ballantyne


Robin Hood

Harry Potter

Wizard of OZ

Percy Jackson

Freddy The Pig

Dear America Books

Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew

Trailblazer Books

Mandie Books

American Adventure

Magic School Bus

Magic Tree House

Encyclopedia Brown

Boxcar Children

Happy Hollisters

Best in Children's Books


Trixie Belden

Adventure Series

Jungle Doctor

Sugar Creek Gang

Bobbsey Twins

Usborne True Stories

Nate the Great

Light Keepers

Trailblazer Books

Uncle Arthur Stories

Rod & Staff Fiction

Bibletime & Biblewise

Adventure Series

Sisters in Time

Jungle Doctor

CF4Kids Trailblazers

Hero Tales

Lamplighter Books

Daughters of Faith

Building on the Rock

Grace & Truth Fiction

A. B. Books

Louise Vernon Fiction

Inheritance Fiction

Emma Leslie Series

Yesterday's Classics

Miller Family Series

Ancient Literature

Medieval Literature

Renaissance Literature

17th Century

18th Century

19th Century

20th & 21st Century



Christian Literature

Drama (Plays)

Epic & Saga

Essays & Letters

Gothic Literature

History & Biography


Magic Realism

Mythology & Folklore




Satire & Parody

Short Stories

Utopian & Dystopian

War Stories

African Literature

Asian Literature

Greek Literature

Latin American Literature

American Literature

Australian Literature

Russian Literature

German Literature

Irish Literature

British Literature

French Literature

Italian Literature

Scandinavian Literature

Spanish Literature

World Literature

Epic of Gilgamesh

Iliad of Homer

Odyssey of Homer

Histories of Herodotus

Aeneid of Virgil


Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

Divine Comedy

Canterbury Tales

Don Quixote

Paradise Lost

Pilgrim's Progress