Summer Reading: 2019 Edition


Summer is here and I can't think of a more relaxing way to enjoy the day than to sprawl out in the grass under a shade tree and get lost in a good book. You may have a list that's slowly been growing through the year but in case you're looking for a new suggestion, check out our top picks below.

Early Readers

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour

Lubna's best friend is a pebble. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when Lubna feels scared. When Lubna meets another scared child in a refugee camp, she must decide if she can give up her best friend, Pebble, to help him. This emotionally stirring story reminds us all that great generosity can come from the simplest of acts.

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

It's the last day of summer vacation, and Pearl really wants to finish the sandcastle she's been working on all season. She decides to join forces with her robot friend, Pascal, and use computer coding to break the project down into smaller, more manageable steps. Combining humor, sun-filled illustrations, and introductory coding steps, this book celebrates the joys of summer while teaching a little in the process.

Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd

Two city kids step off the subway and into a wonder-filled nature adventure in this delightful story. Lyrical prose and watercolor illustrations envelop you in natural beauty, reminding readers young and old that you can find a little bit of wild just about anywhere. Guaranteed to spark curiosity and an itch to explore, this book is perfect for a wild-open summer afternoon.

I Am Not a Fish! by Peter Raymundo

Edgar is a jellyfish, but he doesn't look, act, or feel very much like a "fish." With a little help though from some friendly starfish, Edgar realizes that labels aren't important, and he should celebrate what makes him unique!

Middle Grades

Sea Sirens by Amy Chu

Chu kicks off a new series steeped in Vietnamese legends, strong characters, and a love for the works of L. Frank Baum. It follows a girl named Trot and her irritable talking-cat, Cap'n Bill, as they get drawn into an undersea war between fantastical sea creatures.

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Pierce

Want to make a tween happy this summer? Mention this new series from the creator of Big Nate! Get ready for a lot of medieval jokes as we meet Max, a 10-year-old apprentice troubadour who has to save his uncle from the wicked King Gastley.

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Twelve-year-old Iris has always felt different because she was born deaf. When she finds out about Blue 55, a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales, she becomes determined to connect with the lonely sea mammal.

All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

In 1981 SoHo, 12-year-old Ollie's days are filled with art. Her dad restores antique paintings, her mom creates sculptures, and Ollie herself roams the streets of New York with an artist's keen sensibilities. But one day her dad disappears, and a stranger keeps calling about a missing piece of art. Ollie's determined to figure out what's happened in this quietly stunning debut novel.

Young Adult

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

If you enjoyed the Divergent series, you'll love this murder mystery. It's a wild ride of plot-twists, romance, and heart-stopping suspense. When you combine a theft gone wrong, a conspiracy, and four dead monarchs and you've got yourself and adventure you won't want to put down.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

A band of misfits, a girl just out of cryo-sleep, and a galaxy on the brink of a war make Aurora Rising an additive space opera you don't want to miss. Told from six alternating points of view, it promises to be an action-packed adventure set in the distant future.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

From the best selling author of Speak comes this free verse poetry memoir. Simultaneously expressing anger, hope, and understanding, this book speaks to the courageous members of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It is both a call-to-action and an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to infiltrate a Somali terrorist group and act as a spy for the American CIA. Both horrific and touching, this novel is about humanity, family, redemption, and hope.

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