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20 Great Summer Reads

By EW!DC / Published: 07/23/2012

Summer may seem to be passing by quickly, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some summer reading.  Reading Rockets and education.com offer a plethora of fantastic book ideas that are sure to be big hits with the young readers.  Here’s a list of some of the summer’s most favored books:


Camp Granada by Frane Lessac (Grades 1-4)
This book features both favorite sing-along camp songs and lesser known ones. “Camp Granada” is one of the songs featured.


Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer (PreK-1)
Includes short poems about many different animals, each accompanied by delightful photographs of summer scenes.


Katie Catz Makes a Splash by Anne Rockwell (PreK-1)
Katie overcomes her fear of swimming and learns to swim all the way across the pool!


Lucille Camps In by Kathryn Lasky (PreK-1)
Lucy, who is left at home with her mother when her father takes her older siblings camping, has a living room campout that turns into tons of fun!


On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole (PreK-1)
A young girl takes a summer morning walk to the beach and explores the woods, a marsh, and the dunes. This book features a fold-out of animals, birds, insects, and plants in each of the settings.


One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book by April Sayre and Jeff Sayre (Grades 1-4)
This book explores numbers by counting the feet of crabs and snails.


Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed by Lola Schaefer (Grades 1-4)
Explores how plants produce flowers that turn into crops, such as pea pods, raspberries, corn, peaches, peanuts, and pumpkins. Features fold out pages.


Zigby Camps Out by Brian Paterson (PreK-1) 
Zigby the Zebra goes camping with his friends in the jungle, but ends up in his backyard! 


Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert (Kindergarten)
Explores the colorfulness of nature!


S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James (1st Grade)
Explores the ABCs through a camping adventure!


Looking Closely Through the Forest by Frank Serafini (1st Grade)
Each page has a new puzzle featuring a forest item that can only be seen by looking closely.


See the Ocean by Estelle Condra (2nd Grade)

Explores ways to “see” nature with your eyes shut!


If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian (2nd Grade)
Photographs accompany text to describe all sorts of rocks and their beauty.


A Mirror to Nature: Poems About Reflection by Jane Yolen (3rd Grade)
Features beautiful poems and photographs of nature.


Sky Tree by Thomas Locker (3rd Grade)
Features pictures and descriptions of trees throughout the seasons.


Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (4th Grade)
Explore the wilderness with Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family!


A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements (5th Grade)
After starting a new school, Mark gets lost in the woods for a week!


The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker (5th Grade)
Poems, rhymes, and stories all about the magical world of fairies.


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (5th Grade)
After his plane crashes, Brian must learn to survive in the woods – while also dealing with his parents’ divorce and his aloneness.


Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch (Kindergarten)

Jule Ann keeps trying to play in her backyard, but a giant mud puddle keeps foiling her plans!

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