Summer Reading for Kids

Our kids' book specialists have put together this list of favorites for the summer months.  We start with titles for the earliest readers and move on through chapter books to Young Adult.  With activity books, graphic novels, non-fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction this list has something for everyone! 

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Masha's World: Coloring & Activity Book Cover Image
By Suzy Ultman (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452166445
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 24th, 2018

A companion to the board book in the shape of a matryoshka doll.  Masha's World contains it all: a built-in front cover stencil, 8 pages of stickers, mix-and-match coloring pages, instructions on how to draw Masha, seek-and-find activities, masks for pretend play, cutout 3D dolls, a fold-out playset, and more!  Ages 0-5.


Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! - The Itchy Book! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, LeUyen Pham, Mo Willems (Illustrator), LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368005647
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 15th, 2018

Triceratops has an itch...so does Pterodactyl, and Brontosaurus, and T-Rex! But Dino-Mo reminds them all of the BIG rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch! What's an itchy dinosaur to do? Find out in this hilariously charming beginning reader book. Ages 4-8.


Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

An exuberant picture book celebrating self-love and individuality; a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world! Ages 4-8.


Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316362382
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

A lavish new picture book from Caldecott Medalist, Blackall (Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear), invites readers to step back in time and through the door of an iconic lighthouse into its cozy dollhouse-like interior . Ages 4-8.


Saffron Ice Cream Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338150520
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

Rashin is excited about her first visit to the beach in her family's new home and recalls what beach trips were like in Iran: the beautiful Caspian Sea, the Persian music, and, most of all, the saffron ice cream she shared with her best friend. There are wonderful things at her American beach too, maybe even a new friend. Ages 4-8.


The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation Cover Image
By Kate Messner, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452133508
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 8th, 2018

A vibrant, hopeful book telling the true story of coral restoration pioneer, Ken Nedimyer, and ongoing efforts to rebuild the world’s coral reefs. Ages 6-12.


The Honeybee Cover Image
By Kirsten Hall, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481469975
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this poetic, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous and informational picture book. Ages 4-8.


Fur, Feather, Fin—All of Us Are Kin Cover Image
By Diane Lang, Stephanie Laberis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447096
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Published: Beach Lane Books - May 2018

There are so many wild and wonderful animals in the world--and all are connected. This fact-filled rhyming exploration of the diversity of the animal kingdom celebrates mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and more! Ages 3-8.


Vacation Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781592702466
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 27th, 2018

An immersive and magical wordless story about one girl’s summer vacation with Grandpa at a tidy country house--until a new guest arrives and gray clouds roll in.  Can be read as a long picture book, or a graphic novel. Ages 4-8.


Baby Monkey, Private Eye Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338180619
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 27th, 2018

Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries--if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on. Bookmaking maverick Selznick and children's book debut author Serlin create a dazzling new form for younger readers. Ages 5-7.


Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1 Cover Image
By Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781452152325
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2018

A delightful new chapter book series. Polly loves words and writing stories. When a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, she soon learns that what she writes and what she means are not always the same thing! Ages 6-8.


Bat and the Waiting Game Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062445858
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 27th, 2018

The second book in the funny, heartfelt, and irresistible series starring an unforgettable young boy who becomes the caretaker of a baby skunk named Thor. If you haven’t read the first book, A Boy Called Bat, then pick it up in paperback! Ages 6-9.


Front Desk Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338157796
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

Fifth-grader Mia Tang is a young Chinese immigrant growing up in America in the 1990’s. This feisty and empowered heroine is partially autobiographical, and readers will surely recognize themselves and neighbors in this book’s vivid cast of characters. Ages 8-12.


Endling #1: The Last Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062335524
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2018

A new trilogy from Newbery based on the very real concept of an endling--an animal that is the last living member of its species. With its unique setting, fascinating animal and human characters, and fast-paced adventure, this series is the ideal for fans of the Wings of Fire, Warriors, and Spirit Animals series! Ages 8-12.


Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338159318
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

A room locked for 50 years. A valuable peacock ring. A mysterious brother-sister duo.  Join Paloma Marquez as she solves the mystery of Frida Kahlo’s missing peacock ring and discovers the true power of heritage, art, and family. Ages 8-12.


The City on the Other Side Cover Image
By Mairghread Scott, Robin Robinson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626724570
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Published: First Second - April 24th, 2018

When a wealthy and sheltered young girl from San Francisco in the 1900s visits her father in the country, she stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance. A unique graphic novel adventure! Ages 8-12.


Out of Left Field (The Gordon Family Saga #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780425288597
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 2018

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field! Set in 1957, the book is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age. Ages 9-12.


Rebound (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544868137
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2018

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Alexander's Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, readers get a glimpse of Chuck Bell’s childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to. Ages 10-12.


Be Prepared Cover Image
By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626724457
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Published: First Second - April 24th, 2018

Nine-year-old Vera attends Russian summer camp, hoping to find friends, but the camp in the Connecticut woods is not what she expected. A gripping and hilarious memoir from the author of Anya's Ghost that tells a relatable story about navigating one's own culture, struggling to belong, and the value of true friendship. Ages 8-14.


Sunny (Track #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481450218
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

The critically acclaimed Track series continues with Sunny’s point of view. Sunny seems to be a privileged, wealthy African- American boy, but his diary tells readers about the guilt that pushes him to run, and his dream to become a dancer. An effervescent addition to the series that will leave readers wanting more! Ages 10-14.


The High Climber of Dark Water Bay Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781683367796
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Published: Turner - June 5th, 2018

After the stock market crash of 1929, Lizzie Parker’s father dies. She’s sent to her uncle in a remote logging camp in British Columbia, but when she arrives, her uncle is gone. Left to fend for herself among rough loggers, she unravels the mystery of her uncle's disappearance and discovers that her life is in danger. Author event on June 9th, 4 pm! Ages 9-13.


Tiny Infinities Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452163352
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 8th, 2018

During the summer that Alice turns thirteen, her dad moves out. Alice focuses on breaking her swim team's freestyle record. Then, Piper, the mute child she’s babysitting unexpectedly speaks. A funny, honest novel about navigating new relationships. Alice's determination to prove herself rings loud and true. Ages 10-14.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

 Seventeen-year-old Zélie and companions journey to a mythic island seeking a chance to bring back magic to the land of Orïsha, in a fantasy world infused with the textures of West Africa. Powerful, captivating, and raw. This is also a timely study on race, colorism, power, and injustice. Exceptional! Ages 14+.


Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399556173
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2018

In this pulse-pounding second volume, singing skeleton Rickety Stitch runs afoul of reanimated beasts, giant spiders, and a caravan of rowdy raiders on his quest to uncover the secret of Epoli and learn his true origins.  Author event July 31st, 3pm. Ages 12+.


Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780670785063
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

A National Book Award finalist chronicles the Vietnam War through the personal stories of eight people--six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee--capturing the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history. Ages 12+.


The Astonishing Color of After Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316463997
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 20th, 2018

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she's never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird. "Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor."--John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars. Ages 14-17.


Little & Lion Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316349017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2018

Suzette returns to LA from her New England boarding school, settling into her old life while facing changes. She wants to support her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She’s also drawn to an old crush, Emil, and might be falling for someone new...the same girl Lionel loves. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette must decide between his trust and his safety. Coming July 3rd in paperback. Ages 14+.


Give Me Some Truth Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338143546
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 29th, 2018

A 1980s Native American coming-of-age story grapples with the day-to-day details of teenagers’ lives on and off the reservation. This classic teen novel is perfect for anyone who has wanted to be in a rock band or managed to find friends in a world defined by difference. Ages 14+.


Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

An instant New York Times bestseller now available in paperback from a National Book Award finalist, author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. An epic fantasy about two dreamers in the mythical lost city of Weep, a city in a Middle Eastern- esque world with invented words, biology, and mythology. Ages 14+.


Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524717797
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 6th, 2018

The hilarious, poignant, and true story of teenager Saedi, who kept a diary of her life as an Iranian American and discovered that she and her family had entered the United States as undocumented immigrants. Ages 14+.


Dread Nation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, this new novel from the author of Vengeance Bound is a fresh, stunning, and powerful meditation on race in America wrapped in an alternate-history adventure where Confederate and Union soldiers rise from the dead at the end of the Civil War. An exciting must read! Ages 14+.


Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142403709
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Published: Puffin Books - April 20th, 2006

This instant classic might inspire a summer visit to Alcatraz! Set in 1935, when guards actually lived on Alcatraz Island with their families, Choldenko's second novel brings humor to the complexities of family dynamics and illuminates the real struggle of a kid trying to free himself from the "good boy" stance he's taken his whole life. Ages 10+.


Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481440226
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

When thirteen-year-old Daine is forced to leave home, she realizes he special connection with animals is actually magic. Daine handles the horses for the Queen's Riders and meets the master mage Numair who helps guide her magic. Then, Diane encounters terrifying creatures--Immortals that have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms, but the barrier has been broken. Daine and her friends defend their world from an Immortal attack. Ages 12+.


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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

The first book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet, honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award. In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight of the realm of Tortall. Disguised as a boy, Alanna trains to be a page at King Roald’s palace. Alanna must master weapons, combat, and magic, as well as polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart. Ages 12+.


A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
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Published: Square Fish - May 2007

Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963. The adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.