Books for Summer Reading

By Kaitlyn Spotts | June 10 2021 | General

Summer is the best time to spark and grow students’ love and joy for reading with exciting and adventurous books that will help them remember what’s fun about reading outside of the classroom. Reading culture is important to promote all year long, and summer is a crucial time to make sure kids keep reading and have the opportunity to reach for books they might not be able to during the school year.

We’ve compiled a collection of action-packed stories, STEM based activity books, and more that will keep kids busy on the long road to summer vacation or allow them to travel somewhere new without leaving their backyard. Give kids the chance to travel to space, the pyramids, a faraway beach, or try a new experiment as they dive into these thrilling summer reads and activities.

Check out our full list of titles here!

Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma
978-0-8234-4839-5
Explore physics in this early introduction to the states of matter, starring a goofy dog and his all-too-human family.
$8.99 US
Jan 05, 2021
Paperback
32 Pages
Holiday House
Preschool - 3

Saving American Beach
The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch
978-1-101-99629-4
This heartfelt picture book biography illustrated by the Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes, tells the story of MaVynee Betsch, an African American opera singer turned environmentalist and the legacy she preserved.
$17.99 US
Apr 13, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Preschool - 3

Fatima's Great Outdoors
978-1-9848-1695-5
An immigrant family embarks on their first camping trip in the Midwest in this lively picture book by Ambreen Tariq, outdoors activist and founder of @BrownPeopleCamping
$17.99 US
Mar 30, 2021
Hardcover
40 Pages
Kokila
Preschool - 3

Sleepover at the Museum
978-1-5247-7144-7
Imagine having a sleepover at the museum for your birthday! The perfect story for museum lovers and adventure-seekers alike!
$7.99 US
Jan 19, 2021
Paperback
40 Pages
Dragonfly Books
Preschool - 2

We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos
A Story That's Part Spanish, Part English, and a Whole Lot of Fun
978-1-62354-096-8
Six kids are ready to play: three speak English. Y tres hablan español [and three speak Spanish]. But all of them laugh alike and together! This clever playground adventure weaves together bilingual Spanish and English conversations, so two groups of children can express similar thoughts in their own languages.
$17.99 US
Apr 13, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Charlesbridge
Grades K-3

The Last Kids on Earth Mad Libs
978-1-5247-9199-5
Dive into the world of Last Kids on Earth--full of Zombies, Winged Wretches, and Vine Thingies--in these 21 stories inspired by the best-selling graphic novel!Get your catapults, dig your moat, and sharpen your PLURAL NOUN. Last Kids on Earth Mad Libs is a heart-VERB ENDING IN "ING" adventure where you get to join in the monster apocalypse alongside Jack Sullivan--and it's also so funny that you might just laugh your PART OF THE BODY off.
$4.99 US
Sep 25, 2018
Paperback
48 Pages
Mad Libs
Grades 3-7

I Heard a Sound
978-0-8234-3704-7
Learn the science of sound with easy experiments and examples from everyday life.
$18.99 US
Jul 28, 2020
Hardcover
40 Pages
Holiday House
Grades 1-4

How We Got to the Moon
The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure
978-0-525-64741-6
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • YALSA EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FINALIST • A ROBERT F. SIBERT HONOR BOOK This beautifully illustrated, oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing by award-winning author/illustrator John Rocco (illustrator of the Percy Jackson series) is a must-have for space fans, classrooms, and tech geeks.
$29.99 US
Oct 06, 2020
Hardcover
264 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
Grade 5 & Up