Summer is here and kids across the country are finally able to enjoy the activities they’ve been thinking about for months! Going to the beach, swimming in the pool, and spending time with friends are all so exciting after being stuck inside all year. But there may come a time when they need a break from the sun and the surf. What better way to spend that time than to read? It’s the perfect way to relax and recoup before getting back outside. For all the kids out there who are looking for a new read, we have a great list to get you
Baseball, adventure, and a manatee with superpowers! What’s not to love? In Kahwallawallapoopoo: Maynard’s Big, Bad First Assignment we meet Jake, a regular middle schooler who thinks his life is anything but interesting. He goes to school, plays baseball, and the only vacations he takes are to his grandma’s house. But all of this changes when Jake meets Maynard the Mystical Manatee. As Maynard’s first assignment, Jake is taken on a magical adventure to an island in the South Pacific, turning his boring life upside down. Full of twists and turns, this is a book you won’t want to put down!
School may be out for a few months, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Reading about what life was like in the past can sometimes feel like a true adventure story. The Perfect Storm: The True Story of Saving Jamestown and the Founding of Bermuda is about real people who lived in the past, and their struggle for survival. Join the crew of the Sea Venture as they save the colony of Jamestown and founded the island of Bermuda. Filled with colorful illustrations and fun characters, this is a story you won’t want to miss!
As one of the newest additions to our children’s collection, Two Ways Home: A Foster Care Journey shares a special story with children and adults alike. Follow 10-year-old Levi’s journey with his new foster family. As he describes his new school, the other foster kids, and how he spends his time at home, Levi is talking to other kids like him. He wants them to know that even though joining a new foster family may seem intimidating at first, it is truly one of the best experiences. This fun and colorful read makes the subject of fostering more approachable for kids of all ages.
The last book we want to share with you was written specifically with younger readers in mind. ABCedar Key is set in the quaint island town of Cedar Key, Florida where life is peaceful and time stands still. Readers will learn the alphabet while going on a magical tour of this seaside town. With illustrated pages and rhyming text, your whole family will want to make this your next vacation destination.
We hope this list will inspire your little ones’ summer reading lists. Whether they want an adventure story or are just learning to read, there’s something for everyone. Take a break from the heat and start reading!