Summer is in full swing—and there’s nothing like lounging on the beach, by the pool or in a hammock with a good book. To encourage your kids to continue to hit the books on their break, local librarians have suggested these top titles.


Ages 5-8

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague

This new spin on an old favorite follows three pigs’ purchases: potato chips, ‘sody’-pop and building supplies. But this time around, when the Somewhat Bad Wolf comes to blow their houses down—the fun and friendships begin.

Ages 9-12

Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

For kids who can’t get enough of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Big Nate comes to the rescue with loads of laughs.


Ages 5-8

The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle

The Life of Ty series, a spinoff from The Winnie Years, features Winnie Perry’s baby brother, Ty, a 7-year-old dreamer with wacky, but well-intended schemes.

Ages 9-12

Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty

In this humorous and heartfelt story, Robbie Darko is a magician—if only he could pull off a great show and lose his nickname, Dorko. When he discovers his grandma was once a famous magician, he convinces her to teach him the tricks of the trade.


Ages 5-8

The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng

In this tale of friendship and family, Anna’s parents adopt a baby girl from China. As she strives to be a good sister and a good friend, the baby becomes ill and a science project created by Anna and her best friends may be the remedy.

Ages 9-12

Every Day After by Laura Golden

Lizzie Hawkins’s dad has disappeared. As she and her mom struggle with the loss and economic hardship, Lizzie finds something to rely on: herself.


Ages 5-8

What About My Goldfish? by Pamela Greenwood

When Jamie's family moves to a new town, he is concerned about how his pets will adjust. And while remedying their problems, he also finds answers to his own.

Ages 9-12

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

In the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, new and old friends combine forces to set sail on a mysterious adventure to an ancient land.


Ages 5-8

Robot Rampage by Jodie Shepherd and The Artifact Group

Austin is a robot repairman in Mega City, where robots never seem to need help…until one robot after another has a breakdown. Austin and his friends soon realize Professor Bug has taken control of all of the robots, and they must save their city from his rule.

Ages 9-12

The Lightning Catcher by Anne Cameron

The first book in a comedy-fantasy series follows 11-year-old Angus, an ordinary boy who discovers he can control extreme weather. After learning his parents, who are lightning-catchers, have been kidnapped, Angus and his friends must use their magical powers to rescue them.

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