A few weeks ago, my five-year-old asked to read some library books in bed. When I told her we didn’t have any library books in the house, she cocked her head to one side and squinted at me like I was speaking a foreign language. We are serious about the library around here, but things got busy (and I got tired) in April. It was a strange feeling not to have a single library book anywhere. Now that school is winding down, I’m ready to max out the library card again. I’ve been scouring the internet for book ideas and placing holds left and right. If you are looking for some summer reading too, start with one of these:
For the little book worms:
100 Picture Books to Read this Summer from Everyday Reading. We’re starting with It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton and A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins. If 100 picture books just isn’t enough, she made similar lists in 2015 and 2016 as well.
Summer Reading: Books Lists and Tips for Every Age from Brightly. You’ll find book lists for early readers up to teenagers here, but I’m pulling most of my books from the 9- to 12- year-old list since our rising fourth grader is our most voracious reader. I think he’ll enjoy Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel and Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Tod Olson.
Recommended Summer Reading from the Collaborative Summer Library Program. This year’s National Summer Reading Champion is Kwame Alexander and his list includes Love That Dog by Sharon Creech which was one of our family’s favorite books last year. You already know how much I love Kate DiCamillo and her list from 2016 is still available on the site as well.
2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists from the Association for Library Service to Children. The reading lists are grouped by the grade of the reader (from birth-8th grade) and seemed to be digital versions of a trifold brochure, so you might find the same list at your local library. The first books we’re requesting are Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones from the 3rd-5th grade list and Duck, Duck, Dinosaur! by Kallie George from the Kindergarten-2nd grade list.
What Should You Read This Summer? A mega reading list from over 40 TED speakers. I love reading the book recommendations along with the title of the speakers’ TED talks. I clicked over to watch more than one new (to me) TED talk while browsing this list. Be prepared to give it some time if you enjoy following wherever curiosity leads you online. As for books, I’m going to start with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.
Pack These Pages: 7 Professional Booksellers Select Your Summer Reading from NPR. I was already getting ready for school when this list was published in August last year, so I see nothing wrong with reading the books now. I can’t decide if I’d rather read Empire of the Southern Moon by S.C. Gwynne or The Bad-A** Librarians of Timuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer first, but I’m definitely drawn to the non-fiction part of the list the most.
Summer Reading Guide: The 136 Books You’ll Want to Read from the LA Times. Speaking of old lists, this one is from 2015, but I’ve still only heard of a handful of the books. I like that many of the books are older (but still new to me) because it sometimes feels like the same 8 books get all the buzz in a given year. I’m starting with The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley and I’m saving their list of The 5 Most Entertaining Literary Classics for this fall.
Your Ultimate Summer Reading List from Real Simple. If you don’t mind clicking through a slideshow, Real Simple’s list of 40 books recommended by 40 authors and book sellers is fun to peruse. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Italy lately, so I’m planning on reading The Terra-Cotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri first.
Our library has a 100-book limit per card and Josh and I both have cards. I’m not kidding when I say I’m looking for tons of great books this summer. Have you seen any summer reading lists I shouldn’t miss?