Five For Friday — Some Summer Stuff

By Lisa Dalesandro/@abookmama
Author of “Raise a Reader: 25 Effective Ways to Get Kids Reading”

Moving through the dog days, I’ve listed a few great books that celebrate the joy of the summer season. What’s your favorite summer book?

Ages 3 – 5

SUMMER by Alice Low.  An oldie but a goodie.  Many moms and dads may remember this one from their childhood.  A boy, a girl and a dog share some summer fun.  



Ages 5 – 7

BAD KITTY by Nick Bruel.  Okay, this isn’t exactly a summer book, but because BAD KITTY  is one of my favorite series for emerging readers I listed it as light summer reading.  On the surface, this is the story of a cat that turns bad when her family runs out of her favorite food, this is really a clever alphabet book for kids old enough to appreciate the way words work.    


SUMMER ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY by Betty G. Birney.   When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he can’t believe his ears. What’s a classroom hamster to do if there’s no more school? It turns out that Mrs. Brisbane has planned something thrilling for Humphrey and Og the frog: they’re going to Camp Happy Hollow.

Ages 7 – 9



Ages 9 -12 

ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia.  Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It’s an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.



Good summer reading for grown ups.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern.   This is the last book I read that I could not put down.  Set at the turn of the 19th century, this dark mystical love story about a magical circus will steal your heart and help you kill a few hours at the beach.