Author Emily Giffin’s Top Summer Reading Picks — for the Whole Family

06/16/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy of Emily Giffin

Ever wondered what an author reads? Recently, writer Emily Giffin, whose newest tome Heart of the Matter is on shelves now, talked to PEOPLE Moms & Babies about what she’s reading with her kids — and for herself.

“We always read before bedtime,” she says. “It gives the kids something to look forward to. And if we can’t finish a chapter, or if it’s late, we’ll continue at the breakfast table.”

Giffin shares that her 6-year-old twins, Edward and George, are just getting into chapter books.

“I’m reading the second book in the Harry Potter series to them,” she says. “We just went through the Ramona series, too. That’s one I fell in love with, so it’s very satisfying that they’re enjoying those stories.”

Though Giffin says pictures books are perfectly fine at this age, the more words, the better. Her recommendations include Harriet the Spy, Freckle Juice, The Little Princess and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Daughter Harriet, who recently turned 3, has some favorites of her own, too. “We enjoy newer books, like Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. But I love reliving my favorites, like The Story of Ferdinand,” she says. Other picks include Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Madeline and Emily’s Balloon.

But what about moms looking for a beach read? Giffin says she’s read a lot of winners lately, including Falling Is Like This, Husband & Wife, Opposite of Me and My Fair Lazy.

As for her own book, New York Times best-seller Something Borrowed, being turned into a movie with Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski, Giffin can only say it’s surreal.

“I feel so grateful for the luck I’ve had,” she says. “It’s the cherry on top of my career! I love the casting, and I’m shamelessly into reading about celebrities, so it’s been especially fun to see it come to life.”

Learn more about Giffin’s best-selling books on her official website,

— Kate Hogan

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Stephanie on

Oh my god, how cute are those kids??? LOVE her books too.

Traci on

Love her books! So excited for something borrowed movie!:) Awesome writer. And cute family:)

maggie on

AMAZING author! actually picked up baby proof last yr coz the cover was cute and a day later rushed out a bought all her books! i was on hols in NYC at the time and used to sit up late at night reading! anytime i re read them it always takes me back there…..

Erica2 on

I am reading “Something Borrowed” before the movie comes out and I cannot put it down! I am glad that she is instilling a love of literature in her children at a very young age. Her children’s joy is written all over their faces.

Lola on

I wonder if her daughter (Harriet) was named after Harriet the Spy…

Jessica on

I have been a fan of Emily’s since her first book, i’m so happy she’s getting the praise she deserves because she puts her experiences in her books. For anyone who is not familiar with Emily, please start with “Something Borrowed”. You will not regret it.

Nella on

I love her books! The minute I started reading them I couldn’t stop. I’m so glad Something Borrowed is turning into a movie! Yay! Her kids are very cute 🙂

Stephanie Elliot on

And look how darling Harriet is posing in the first picture! Emily is great!

Aurora on

Loved all her books! They just felt real, things didn’t go perfectly, yet they weren’t one unbelievable catastrophe after another as some books are. Also love that she’s instilling a love of reading in her children. As an elementary teacher, I cannot stress to people enough how vital it is to a child’s learning that they read at home with parents or whomever. They see reading as a fun thing then, not a chore, and that attitude stays with them throughout life! 🙂

SoCal Fashionista on

I love her books! I have read Something Borrowed and Something Blue multiple times!

Joao de Matos on

I just want to say about “Something Borrowed”. GREAT!!! You mention my restaurant CHURRASCARIA PLATAFORMA, thank you so much:-)