Reading to Foster Leadership: A Summer Reading List for Young Leaders (Ages 3-8)

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Aspen Academy Contributors

Summer can be a time of great growth for students physically and emotionally. With this growth comes the opportunity to support your children by flexing their “leadership muscle,” and demonstrating their character.

Here’s suggested reading for the youngest members of our community that supports them with developing into adults who demonstrate Aspen Academy values of being kind and making the world better:


Incoming PreK/K

Suggested leadership book titles: 

  • Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
  • How Kind! by Mary Murphy
  • Is There Really A Human Race? By Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
  • When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb


Incoming Grade 1

Suggested leadership book titles: 

  • One by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  • Same Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw


Incoming Grade 2

Suggested leadership book titles: 

  • The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban<
  • Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss 
  • The Boy Who Grew Flowers by Jennifer Wojtowicz
  • The Three Questions by Jon J Muth
  • The Kindness Project: A 30 Day Challenge Workbook/Journal for Kids to Encourage Living Kind


Leadership development cannot occur in the context of one-off activities or projects. Fostering these skills requires consistent and ongoing opportunities to practice. Here’s to your childrens’ growth this summer and all the ways they’re developing into leaders who inspire us!


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