Summer Reading Top Picks

Books for Summer Reading

Now that school's out and the days are long, it's time to dive into the world of books. Discover the perfect summer reads that are not only entertaining but educational too. We've gathered some the resources you need to keep your kids engaged and learning throughout the summer months.

But that's not all - we also have tips on how to prevent the dreaded summer slide and keep your kids entertained. Make this summer a memorable one with our Summer Reading Top Picks. Happy reading!

Curated summer reading lists for readers of all ages:

Introducing a collection of captivating and educational summer reads for children ages 6-8.

Dive into the captivating world of books that are both fun and easy to read. From graphic novels to early readers, there's something for everyone. Delight in lighthearted and imaginative stories that will entertain kids while sparking their creativity.

The Kids of Cattywampus Street by Lisa Jahn-Clough, illustrated by Natalie Andrewson

Get ready to enter the whimsical world of Cattywampus Street, where a group of extraordinary friends resides. In this captivating book, each chapter presents a fascinating tale from a different child's perspective, making it an ideal choice for reading. From wacky adventures to mysterious encounters, heartfelt moments to spine-tingling scares, and moments of pure joy, each story offers its own special experience. And at the heart of it all is the neighborhood's beloved toy shop, bringing everyone together. Join this enchanting journey and discover the magic that awaits on Cattywampus Street.

The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

Looking for a captivating picture book that embodies the essence of summer in a vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood? Look no further! This incredible book transports readers to a time not so long ago, where children take charge of their block during the sunny months. From playing Double Dutch and other games to cooling off under the spray of a fire hydrant and chasing after the coveted ice cream truck, the freedom, joy, and possibility of summer come alive within these pages. Get ready to inspire your young readers with exciting summer adventures!

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Discover a spirited adventure filled with friendship, science, and excitement in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, the creators of Ada Twist, Scientist and Iggy Peck, Architect.

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters Book

Join Rosie Revere as she faces flops, fails, and challenges, showing us that engineering is all about perseverance. With a new and important project at hand, Rosie must overcome the odds and prove herself. Don't miss this informative and exciting book series about science, adventure, and the power of determination.

Mario's Big Adventure (Nintendo and Illumination present The Super Mario Bros. Movie) by Mary Man-Kong

Get kids excited about reading with this full-color Step 3 Level reader, based on The Super Mario Bros. Movie! Parents who grew up with fond memories of The Super Mario Bros. will enjoy reading this book with your children.

Introducing a collection of captivating and educational summer reads for children ages 9-12.

If you have a middle grader at home, we've curated a list of fantastic books that they can enjoy independently, with you, or even as captivating audiobooks during a summer road trip. Get ready to embark on thrilling adventures, encounter magical creatures, and witness acts of bravery. This collection truly offers something for every reader!

Ivy & Bean (Book 1) by Annie Barrows

The first book in the popular "Ivy and Bean" series, where two unusual friends meet and embark on exciting escapades.

Ivy + Bean Book 1

Meet Bean, a lively and adventurous child who loves fun and despises boredom. Then there's Ivy, the new neighbor. Ivy may look feisty and neat in her pretty dresses and sparkly headbands, but that's only the surface. Join Ivy and Bean as they prove that true friendship knows no boundaries and that even the most unlikely pairings can lead to extraordinary experiences.

Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Sugiura

Discover a world where magical stories come to life, causing ordinary to meet the extraordinary. Join Momo on her awe-inspiring journey as she goes from skeptic to believer when faced with a monstrous threat. Prepare to be enchanted as a talking fox appears to save the day, revealing the astonishing truth behind Momo's heritage - she is part human, part goddess. Brace yourself for an adventure that defies logic and embraces the power of myth and legend.

Grace Needs Space! by Benjamin A. Wilgus and Rii Abrego

Join Grace on an extraordinary summer adventure across space with her mom. But what happens when the trip takes an unexpected turn? Loneliness and homesickness threaten to ruin it all. Find out if Grace can salvage her dream vacation or if it will be a summer to forget.

Invisible Emmie (Emmie & Friends) by Terri Libenson

Discover the laughter-filled and unexpected world of Invisible Emmie, an impressive graphic novel by Terri Libenson, the talented creator behind the renowned comic strip, The Pajama Diaries, which has won the prestigious Reuben Award.

Invisible Emmie (Emmie & Friends) Book

Get ready to delve into the lives of two vastly different girls - the quiet, artistic Emmie and the popular, outgoing athlete Katie. Watch as their paths unexpectedly collide when an embarrassing note winds up in the wrong hands. Experience a whirlwind of crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama, all condensed into a single unforgettable day in this remarkable novel.

Superworld: Save Noah by Yarrow Cheney and Carrie Cheney

In Superworld, Noah is the only person who didn't receive powers after a meteor strike. Can he still stop the city's villains as a regular kid?

Introducing a collection of captivating and educational summer reads for teens.

Five Survive by Holly Jackson

Get ready for an epic spring break road trip with Red Kenny and her five friends. But hold on tight, because things take a sinister turn when their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere, in the dead of night, with no way to call for help. With eight hours passing by, tragedy strikes and one of them ends up dead. Brace yourself for another heart-pounding, expertly crafted thriller from Holly Jackson, perfect for those who love true crime and mystery.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: The Wingfeather Saga Book 1 by Andrew Peterson, illustrated by Joe Sutphin

Experience a captivating adventure full of heart, intelligence, and bravery in On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. This enchanting tale is suitable for children of all ages and perfect for families to read aloud. Join a readers' group to explore the layers of meaning embedded within this story. Discover new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, amusing footnotes, a map of the extraordinary world, creative appendices, and delightful line art reminiscent of the original Wizard of Oz books by Frank L. Baum.

The Wingfeather Saga Book 1

Stardust in Their Veins by Laura Sebastian

Enter a captivating world where three princesses, Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia, defy their royal upbringing to become fearless spies and assassins. Tasked with conquering nearby nations, these sisters begin to question their mother's plans, risking their own lives in the process. Prepare to be enthralled by a tale of enchantment, palace intrigue, familial treachery, and daring adventures in this spellbinding fantasy narrative.

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman

Join Goldie Easton as she embarks on her summer adventure at Camp Alpine Lake, accompanied by her closest friends, Ava and Imogen. As they take on the role of counselors, a tragic incident occurs by the lake - and it was no accident. Intriguingly, prior to the summer, Goldie and her friends were already harboring dark secrets. Can she rely on Ava and Imogen amidst the mystery unraveling around them? If you're a fan of Holly Jackson and Karen M. McManus, this gripping novel is a must-add to your list right away!

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

In addition to this list, be sure to learn about the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Participating is a fantastic opportunity for kids to indulge in the joy of reading and earn free books! For any eight books you read, Barnes & Noble will give you an exciting story that teenagers and adults like the most. So don't delay, start reading!