Summer

Remember when summer seemed endless? The hazy days were filled with trying new things, making new friends, visiting family, and having fun in the sun. And there were special moments–even stay-at-home adventures–you treasured long after the season had gone. Savor summer memories–and turn students onto literature–with these great reads.

The Summer of May

By Cecilia Galante, Tad Carpenter
Begrudgingly, May chooses summer school and ultimately learns that her teacher has a secret past—and might just hold the key to answers no ...
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths

By Sara Pennypacker
Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes ...
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A Long Way from Chicago

By Richard Peck
This year's Newbery Honor book is a collection of stories about a very different kind of grandmother. Each August from 1929 through 1935, ...
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Canoe Days

By Gary Paulsen
"Across water so quiet it becomes part of the sky, the canoe slides in green magic without a ripple." Even readers who have never been in a ...
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Floating Home

By David Getz
Eight-year-old Maxine doesn't create a world, but gets a glimpse of her own from a new perspective--she blasts into space. Despite extensive ...
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Ugly Vegetables

By Grace Lin
A little girl can't help but wonder why she and her Mom are growing plants in their garden that are so different from the pretty flowers ...
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The Big Field

By Mike Lupica
For Hutch, shortstop has always been home. It's where his father once played professionally, before injuries relegated him to watching games ...
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Summer

By Karen Kingsbury
Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Ind., where Dayne has found a solution to his on-camera ...
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The Lemonade War

By Jacqueline Davies
As the final days of summer heat up, so does a sibling showdown over a high-stakes lemonade stand business. Jessie and Evan Treski compete ...
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Sand Castle

By Brenda Shannon Yee
In this cumulative story, five children share the satisfaction of building a sand castle--and the even greater pleasure of knocking it down. ...
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Umbrella Summer

By Lisa Graff
Annie Richards knows there are a million things to look out for—bicycle accidents, food poisoning, chicken pox, smallpox, typhoid fever, ...
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Just Grandma and Me

By Mercer Mayer
Little Critter and his grandmother spend the day at the beach in this funny-and-true picture book about Mercer Mayer's popular character. ...
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Lawn Boy

By Gary Paulsen
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted ...
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Come On, Rain!

By Karen Hesse
Not a word is wasted or out of place in this description of how the residents of one city block react to a quenching cloudburst after weeks ...
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