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Family Vacation Book List: Fun for the Whole Family

Going on vacation this summer? What about daily trips to the pool and back? Perhaps you have some summer evenings on the porch planned.

Sounds like you need a good family vacation book list! The books below are all excellent choices for some family reading time this summer: enjoyable for a wide variety of ages with a mix of adventure and humor.

Pick one from the classics list and one from the new books list for some good variety.

We’ve specified a good narrator if he or she is the perfect fit. Don’t overlook the value of mom or dad reading aloud–even in the car!

Family Vacation Book List


  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer narrated by Nick Offern
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, narrated by Jim Dale
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey (note: there is some language in this book!)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • Classic fairy and folk tale collections (see our Fairy and Folk Tale List)
  • Freddy the Detective, Freddy the Pilot & others by Walter R. Brooks
  • Half-Magic and others by Edward Eager
  • Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary (narrated by Neil Patrick Harris)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Anything by Wodehouse (short stories)
  • By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman
  • Joyful Noise (poetry) by Paul Flesichamn

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