fbpx

2023 Summer Reading List (6-8)

2023 Summer Reading List

I Love Being Me!

Author: Mechal Renee Roe

Celebrate diversity with this bright, joyful level 1 Step Into Reading book that will have girls everywhere repeating the book’s chorus: “I love being me!”

Ages: 4-6

Price: $4.99

Ty's Travels: Beach Day! (My First I Can Read)

Author: Kelly Starling Lyons 

Illustrator: Nina Mata 

Ty turns an ordinary day in the sandbox into a fun beach day. He wiggles his toes in the sand, finds seashells, builds a castle, and splashes in the ocean. Splish, splash! When his neighbor’s beach ball flies into his backyard, Ty learns that a beach day is even better with a friend.

Ages: 4-7

Price: $4.99

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things

Author: Lenore Look

Illustrator: Leuyen Pham

Alvin is a middle child and is afraid of many things; elevators,  airplanes, tunnels, substitute teachers, wasabi, and school, especially SCHOOL!  This year is different though, it’s 2nd grade.  He HAS to make friends.  But making friends is difficult when you’ve never spoken a single word at school.  

Ages: 6-9

Price: $5.99

You Can Do It Yasmin!

Author: Saadia Faruqui

Illustrator: Hatem Aly

4 great Yasmin stories packed into this one book. Readers will find Yasmin coming up with creative solutions for any problem she encounters.

Ages: 5-8

Price: $5.99

Welcome to Ryan's World

Author: Ryan Kaji

Join YouTube star Ryan on a tour of Ryan’s World, a place filled with all his favorite things. In Ryan’s World, you can play sports, eat pizza, and pretend to be a superhero. You can even meet Ryan’s friends like Combo Panda and Gus the Gummy Gator!

Ages: 4-6

Price: $4.99

Sadiq and the Gamers

Author: Siman Nuurali

Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

Sadiq and his friends are starting a video game club at school. They have fun playing together and planning a tournament for the whole school to participate in. But when their club needs a service project, the club members are stumped. How can they help people with video games?

Ages: 6-9

Price: $6.99

Your Friend, Parker (Ready-to-Read Level 1)

Author:  Jessica & Parker Curry

illustrator:  Brittany Jackson & Tajaé Keith

Parker is writing to her friend, Gia, about the exciting sights she sees during her road trip across America. Even though Parker and Gia are far away from each other, they can still be best friends!

Ages: 4-6

Price: $5.99

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

Author: Nikki Grimes

illustrator: R. Gregory Christie

Dyamonde is brilliant, outspoken, curious, and empathetic.  When Dyamonde enters a new school, she longs to find a friend.  Dyamonde is curious about another new kid, Free,  that seems to be a moody, grouchy bully.  She’s determined to figure out what’s his problem.  Readers learn an important lesson about judging a book by its cover. 

Ages: 7-9

Price: $7.99

Astrid & Apollo and the Puppy Surprise

Author: V.T. Bidania

Illustrator: Evelt Yanait

The twins’ birthday is coming! Astrid and Apollo each have a special, surprise gift planned for the other. Astrid thinks she has guessed what Apollo is giving her, but as she puts more clues together, she realizes she’s in the middle of a birthday mystery

Ages: 6-8

Price: $6.99

Jada Jones: Rock Star #1

Author: Kelly Starling Lyons

When Jada Jones’s best friend moves away, school feels like the last place she wants to be. She’d much rather wander outside looking for cool rocks to add to her collection, since finding rocks is much easier than finding friends. So when Jada’s teacher announces a class project on rocks and minerals, Jada finally feels like she’s in her element. The only problem: one of her teammates doesn’t seem to like any of Jada’s ideas. She doesn’t seem to like Jada all that much, either. Can Jada figure out a way to make a winning science project and a new friend?  

Ages: 6-8

Price: $6.99

Ling & Ting Not Exactly the Same

Author: Grace Lin

Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving–people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.

Ages: 6-9

Price: $7.99

J.D. and the Hairshow Showdown

Author: J. Dillard

Illustrator: Akeem S. Roberts

At only eight years old, J.D. the Kid Barber has already won a barber battle and appeared on local TV. Now he’s the youngest barber to be invited to the Beauty Brothers Hair Expo in Atlanta! At the show, there are hair classes to take, product samples to try, and some of J.D.’s favorite hair influencers to meet.. But what J.D. is most excited about is snapping a pic with eleven-year-old rap sensation Li’l Eazy Breezy, which is harder than it sounds.  Will he get his chance?

Ages: 6-8

Price: $7.99

The Missing Cupcake Mystery: Ready-to-Read Level 2

Author: Tony Dungy

Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

When Mom brings home cupcakes for dessert, all the Dungy kids are thrilled. “These are for after dinner,” she tells the children, and they all agree. But when she opens the box after dinner, one of the treats is gone! Who took the missing cupcake? Justin, Jordan, and Jade all have the same answer—“Not me!” Dad says it’s a real mystery, and that they must all look for the missing cupcake. But Jade has a heavy heart—and cupcake crumbs on her bedroom floor. Was Jade the one who couldn’t wait for dessert? 

Ages: 5-7

Price: $4.99

Juana & Lucas

Author: Juana Medina

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl.  Juana loves many things: drawing, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense?

Ages: 5-8

Price: $7.99

Mindy Kim and the Birthday Puppy

Author: Lyla Lee

Illustrator: Dung Ho

All Mindy Kim has ever wanted is a puppy of her very own. After all, having all the toy dog plushies in the world isn’t quite the same thing as a real one!  She thinks a dog would be a perfect gift for her upcoming birthday. But her dad isn’t so sure she’s ready for the big responsibility. Can Mindy prove to her dad that she can handle a new addition to the Kim household?

Ages: 6-9

Price: $5.99

Jojo Makoons Fancy Pants

Author: Dawn Quigley

Illustrator: Tara Audibert

First grader Jo Jo Makoons knows how to do a lot of things, like how to play jump rope, how to hide her peas in her milk, and how to be helpful in her classroom.But there’s one thing Jo Jo doesn’t know how to do: be fancy. She has a lot to learn before her Aunt Annie’s wedding!  Favorite purple unicorn notebook in hand, Jo Jo starts exploring her Ojibwe community to find ways to be fancy.

Ages: 6-10

Price: $4.99

Camila the Record Breaking Star

Author: Alicia Salazar

Illustrator: Thais Damião

After reading about kid record-breakers, Camila dreams of breaking a record of her own. But which world record should she tackle? No matter what she tries, Camila finds that breaking records is hard. Will she ever become a record-breaking star?

Ages: 5-7

Price: $5.99

The Magnificient Makers: How to Test a Friendship

Author: Theanne Griffith

Illustrator: Reggie Brown

Perfect for STEM lovers.  When Violet and Pablo discover the Maker Maze, it opens up the door to so many scientific adventures.  Comes complete with activities kids can do at home.   

Ages: 7-10

Price: $5.99

Miles Lewis: King of the Ice

Author:  Kelly Starling Lyons

Miles Lewis loves science and sports. But when his teacher announces a class field trip to an ice skating rink to learn about physics, he isn’t so excited. He’s never ice skated before, and his friend RJ won’t let him forget it. RJ even challenges him to a bet: If Miles skates without falling, RJ will put a “Miles is the man” sign on his backpack. But if Miles falls, he has to put one on his that says the same about RJ. Miles can barely focus on the bet, though, because he suspects his beloved Nana has plans to move out of his family’s house—and that’s just too much to bear. Can he keep his cool with all the pressure from RJ while finding a way to make his grandma stay?

Ages: 6-9

Price: $6.99

[]