You’ve introduced them to their favorite books. You’ve helped them sound out unfamiliar words. You’ve watched them grow as readers. As the school year winds down, you’re preparing them for their transition into the next grade. With summer vacation right around the corner, here are some exciting books to help beat the heat and keep your students reading!
Early Readers: Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
Goldfish’s life is pretty simple. He swims around his bowl. He swims around his bowl again. But, one day, he gets some company: a diver figurine that just bubbles and bubbles but doesn’t say a word. And the new additions don’t stop there. Some plants suddenly appear, and then a snail, and a very crabby crab named Fred. Before long there’s a big angelfish named Cha Cha and a pair of guppies, too. With so many new neighbors, there’s barely any room to swim! What’s Goldfish going to do?
Overflowing with humor and bright, expressive illustrations, this book is sure to make young readers laugh.
More Exciting Summer Reads: Little Tiger’s Big Vacation by Mark Marshall, Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman, Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch! by Paul Bright
Grades K-1: Animals and Me
Take an original look at how bodies work—both human and animal. Did you know that we have the same number of bones in our neck as a giraffe does? That dogs can smell 25 times better than we can and that sheep need about half as much sleep as we do? In Animals and Me, young learners will discover fascinating similarities and surprising differences between the human body and animals’ bodies. Up-close photos will grab children’s attention while fun facts will capture their imaginations.
More Exciting Summer Reads: The Tiniest Mermaid by Laura Graham, The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch, The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
Grades 2-3: Summer According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birne
When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he panics. What’s a classroom hamster to do if he’s not in school? But as it turns out, there’s something thrilling in store for Humphrey and Og the frog: They are going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and lots of the kids from Room 26! Proving he’s no run-of-the-mill rodent, Humphrey meets a friendly wild mouse, tracks down Og when he gets lost by the lake, and uses his charm to help kids adjust to cabin life and make new friends.
More Exciting Summer Reads: Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar, Sassy: The Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party by Sharon M. Draper
Grades 4-6: The 39 Clues®, Book Eleven: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan
The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. But the Cahills were wrong. Powerful enemies—the Vespers—have been waiting in the shadows, and now it’s their time to rise! In this action-packed 39 Clues novel, best-selling authors Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson take on the hidden history of the Cahills and the Vespers—and the last, terrible legacy Grace Cahill leaves for Amy and Dan. This book includes six cards.
More Exciting Summer Reads: Two Hot Dogs With Everything by Paul Haven, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, Liar, Liar by Gary Paulsen
Young Adults: Raiders’ Ransom by Emily Diamand
In this 23rd-century world, climate change has caused much of England to be underwater. Lilly is out fishing with her trusty first mate, Cat, when greedy raiders pillage the town—and kidnap the prime minister’s daughter. When her village is blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl herself. She sails off in secret with something to offer as ransom—a mysterious talking jewel—and along the way, she forms a wary friendship with a raider boy named Zeph. But can she really trust him?
More Exciting Summer Reads: Kid vs. Squid by Greg Van Eekhout, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz (some mature content)