Books for Summer Reading

By Kaitlyn Spotts | March 25 2022 | General

This summer, let students unwind from a long school year with books that will get them excited about reading and invite them to step outdoors. We’ve compiled a collection of fun, action-packed stories and activities that will allow students to connect with nature and take them on adventures around the world without leaving their own backyard.


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Let's Get Gardening
In this colorful guide featuring 30 easy gardening projects, kids will learn to grow their own fruits and vegetables, attract wildlife such as butterflies and bees, and recycle household items into animal habitats and fun decorations. Whether they've got a big backyard or just a windowsill, kids can grow all sorts of plants with this beginner's gardening book.
$14.99 US
Feb 18, 2020
128 Pages
DK Children

Hey, Water!
Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated informational picture book for the very young. Now in paperback.
$9.99 US
Dec 28, 2021
48 Pages
Neal Porter Books

Fatima's Great Outdoors
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
40 Pages

The Madre de Aguas of Cuba
Critically acclaimed author Emma Otheguy joins Newbery Honor-winning Adam Gidwitz as co-author as the kids travel to Cuba to help the legendary Madre de aguas, now in paperback.
$8.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
224 Pages
Dutton Books for Young Readers

An Atlas of Imaginary Places
Now in paperback, this dreamy, gorgeously detailed picture book leads children on a journey to impossible but wonderfully imagined places.
$9.95 US
Sep 07, 2021
40 Pages
Prestel Junior

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World
Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature
The indispensable case for parenting tough, curious, and competent kids who feel at home in the outdoors, from the New York Times bestselling author and host of the TV series and podcast MeatEater
$26.00 US
May 03, 2022
208 Pages
Random House

Hot Dog
(Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE 2023 CALDECOTT MEDAL • This glowing and playful picture book features an overheated—and overwhelmed—pup who finds his calm with some sea, sand, and fresh air. Destined to become a classic!NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • New York Public Library“An utter joy from beginning to end!” —Sophie Blackall, two-time Caldecott Medal winner
$18.99 US
May 24, 2022
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Bug Boys
(A Graphic Novel)
Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!
$13.99 US
Feb 11, 2020
272 Pages
Random House Graphic

Whatever the Weather
Science Experiments and Art Activities That Explore the Wonders of Weather
Let the weather take the lead and never be bored again! Paint in the rain, send kites soaring in the wind, build ice orbs, and become a snowflake scientist--let the wonders of nature inspire your next adventure.
$19.95 US
Apr 05, 2016
216 Pages
Roost Books