Beach Reads: 10 Great New Release Books for Kids that Parents Love Too

School is out! It’s time to lounge in the sun, make popsicles and yes, get a ton of reading done. We are living in the golden age of children’s literature, and so there is no end of quality reading material to indulge in this summer.

The team at DiscoBratz has put together a top ten list of fresh-off-the-press titles for your elementary school age kids to enjoy during the lolling days of summer vacation. And the best part: these are books that grownups treasure too!


  1. If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley. You may remember this author’s first title and wise words: If you ever want to bring an alligator to school, don’t! Well this New Your Times bestseller teaches us, in silly terms, about the value of knowing when bringing belongings on an excursion is appropriate and when it isn’t.
  1. Dream Big by Kat Kronenberg. This book is a story about transformation: from caterpillar to butterfly, from tadpole to frog. It’s about aspirations that seem unattainable but with effort and hope, magic can happen.
  1. Gator Dad by Brain Lies. This little heartwarmer is a Father’s Day gem, ordinary days made extraordinary by surprisingly adorable alligators. This book illuminates the special bond between men and their children.
  1. We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner. Berkner is chart-topping kid’s song writer, and now her beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and witty lively art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
  1. Blue Sky, White Stars author Sarvinder Naberhaus creates this poetic text and stunning art make this a flag-waving book with a difference, inviting a rainbow of readers to celebrate America’s our patriotic symbols and think about its rich, multicultural history. Kadir Nelson executes a masterpiece of painterly illustration that is pitch-perfect for this story’s message.
  1. Chasing Space Young Reader’s Edition. You need to know about Leland Melvin’s kid-friendly autobiography What an incredibly talented, dedicated, and adaptable athlete-turned-astronaut! When your kid says, “I want to be an astronaut!” This book gives your kid an inside look at the long and difficult road to become a NASA scientist and the glorious journey to outer space.
  1. Soccer on a Sunday by Mary Pope Osbourne. Yes, there is a brand new addition to the never-ending excitement that is the Magic tree house series! Goal!Our intrepid time-traveling friends Jack and Annie scored tickets to one of the most exciting soccer games ever—the 1970 World Cup! Will the famous soccer player Pelé tell them a “secret of greatness”? Relive a magic sports moment through the lens of these great teammates in the 25th edition of this best-selling series.
  1. The Extraordinary Journey of Clockwork Charlie: The Kidnap Plot by Dave Butler. If you and your kids haven’t yet discovered Clockwork Charlie, yay for you! This summer is going to be fun. This wild caper about a boy hero whose father, a tinkerer and a mystery, had sequestered him away in a remote workshop. As Charlie begins to ask questions, he is led to a shadowy band of bad guys, finds an unlikely cadre of teammates and goes on a quest to finds his missing father.
  1. The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star by Jill Murphy. This poor young witch is never going to graduate from witch school, she’s like the unusual cat she just discovered: she’s just too curious! Mildred Hubble is a relatable little girl with a bunch of familiar insecurities, but a ton of gumption. This series is great for kids when they feel like they don’t fit in at times.
  1. Secret Hero Society: Study Hall for Justice by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. Secret Hero Society uses comics, journal entries, and doodles to provide an alternate origin story for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In this hilarious reimagining that will rekindle fond memories for those of us raised on DC comics, our three heroes are students in the same uppity middle school.


Summer is that dreamy time when the imagination really soars and nothing gives it wings better than a good book. Remember to support your local library by borrowing and supporting events and have a lovely, literary summer.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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