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Kids & Young Adult Summer Reading

School may be out, but the season of summer reading is in full swing. Whether your kids are reluctant readers or literature lovers, we've got suggestions for series, picture books and novels the whole family can read together at the beach or in the backyard hammock. See our book suggestions.

Book Suggestions For Children And Young Adults

Monica Hesse's Picks

For Middle Graders

Image of Boys Camp: Zack's Story
by Cameron Dokey
Sky Pony Press

Image of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers

Image of Paperboy
by Vince Vawter
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

For 12 And Up

Image of Now I'll Tell You Everything (Alice)
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Image of Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

Image of Allegiant (Divergent)
by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books

Image of Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) (The Ender Quintet)
by Orson Scott Card
Tor Science Fiction

Image of Stray
by Monica Hesse
Hot Key Books

Edie Ching's Picks

Picture Books

Image of Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle
Chronicle Books

Image of Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Chronicle Books

Image of Stripes of All Types
by Susan Stockdale
Peachtree Publishers

For 2-5 Graders

Image of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Franklin School Friends)
by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Image of Boys Camp: Zack's Story
by Cameron Dokey
Sky Pony Press

Image of Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson
Katherine Tegen Books

For 6-8 Graders

Image of The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic Press

For High Schoolers

Image of The Tragedy Paper
by Elizabeth Laban
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Image of Discovering Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

For The Whole Family

Image of The World Is Waiting For You (Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations)
by Barbara Kerley
National Geographic Children's Books


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