Reading Recommendations for our Vintage Kidlit Summer

by | May 21, 2023 | Books, Reading | 8 comments

Recently, I announced that I teamed up with my friend Faith Elizabeth Hough (who blogs HERE) to create a fun reading challenge called Vintage Kidlit Summer. If you missed any of the details on how this challenge works, just go here and you can catch up!

Basically, we will have 12 categories over 12 weeks, and each week has its own theme. All you have to do is choose a vintage/classic book that fits that weeks theme, read it, and share about it! You can write about it on your blog, or you can post your thoughts on Instagram (or Twitter) as well, by using the hashtag #vintagekidlitsummer.

And guess what? Faith and I compiled a list of recommendations to get you inspired to build your own booklist for this challenge. (I just finished making mine the other day, using some of our suggestions and then other books I’ve been wanting to read!) Without further ado, here are our suggested titles for each week of the challenge:

If you haven’t already, please leave a comment if you hope to join in on the Vintage Kidlit Summer!


  1. Mary

    I grew up in the shadow of Sleeping Giant mountain in Hamden, Connecticut, which is the one Eleanor Estes wrote about in The Sleeping Giant. I never heard anyone else reference it before. I actually still have many of these books in the Scholastic Book Club edition, since I am vintage myself.
    I live in Michigan now, and enjoyed your book, Anna Rose.

    • Anna Rose Johnson

      Oh, that’s so cool, Mary! I am going to have to track down a copy of the book. 🙂

  2. Marion

    Hi Anna;
    Congratulations on the award for “The Star That Always Stays” Some of your suggestions we have.
    We have planted a few pansies and Geraniums. The Lily Of The Valley and the Azalea bushes are bloomed. The Rose bushes are budding.
    i am reading “Middlemarch” Very hard read and very long.
    Happy Reading and Gardening

  3. Marilyn

    Hi Anna Rose, I ordered four Geraniums and they are a bright red They love the heat so they should survive any extreme hot spells. I have a new lawn mower to try out. The old mower died. The grass needs a cutting and I will cut it this week. I am the official mower. I am reading “An Unquiet Soul” by Margot Peters. It is the life of Charlotte Bronte. I am finding it quiet enjoyable and interesting. Enjoy your gardening reading. Thank You for the recommendations .

    • Anna Rose Johnson

      That does sound like an interesting book! Best of luck with the geraniums!

  4. Megan Atkinson

    I’m so excited that you guys have put this challenge together! I see many summer reading lists, but they are always contemporary books. My sweet spot is older/traditional middle grade, so you guys have set me up for an exciting summer of reading. I have some of these books on my shelf already, a few of which I’ve read. I have others ordered and on their way. Some are not findable for me, but I will keep my eyes peeled at used book sales. Thanks for the great summer reading challenge! Every one of these titles has been added to my TBR, whether I get to them this summer or not.

    • Anna Rose Johnson

      I’m so glad you’ll be joining us, Megan! I think it’s going to be so much fun 🙂


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