Summer Reading for Vacations and Beach Time

This time of year is ripe for fun and adventure. Everyone is in a good mood, the kids are out of school and involved in all kinds of great activities. When you do take that long-awaited vacation, or just take the kids to the beach, remember that reading is a great way to relax, bond and learn.

We put a tasty reading list of highly recommended, enticing books together, a couple each for different age groups, so that families can help their kids broaden their scope and support children’s authors at the same time.


For K-2nd Grade:

Hi Koo! by John J Muth. In another installment of his beautifully rendered watercolors, Muth brings ancient teachings to life in a fresh and funny way. This artful collection of haikus introduces poetry to kids, with surprise and hilarity.

All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and Nikki McClure. McClure’s stunning woodcut style art is a perfect representation of Rylant’s lilting poetry. This book has a gentle message about living in the moment, totally perfect for summer.

Sam and Dave Dig a Big Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. In his comic and classic style, Klassen tells the story of two boys and an ambitious project. For any fans of Eric Carle, this is a keeper.

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales. Are you kids working on their Spanish? This bilingual book has tons of action, where the little guy takes on some big, scary Mexican wrestlers! Watch the author reading it here:



For 3rd– 5th Grade:

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin. They may be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken! This brave team of poultry fight crime and solve mysteries, with an outrageous sense of humor.

Weird but True: 300 Outrageous Facts National Geographic Children’s Books. This is just plain fun that the whole family can rally around. Everyone loves National Geographic and this collection of interesting facts is perfect for the beach or the campfire.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.   Scieszka is a total hit with kids, he is zany, creative and speaks their language. This book satisfies a fantasy everyone has experienced: taking a pen to a picture book and transforming it into a rough and tumble adventure.


6th-8th Grade:

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen. This title is part of an electrifying series that takes place in ancient Rome. Weaving history and magic together, this book is a page turner and a vivid depiction of life in another time and place.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson. Again we are deep in chapter book territory, where a calculating grade schooler hatches a plot to throw the school elections – for the better.

Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen. And finally, a great buddy book to round out the collection, the perfect Dad and Son excursion that turns into an unexpected wild ride complete with colorful characters and a twist.

Now is the time to branch out and explore a world of literature, to discover some new stories and experience the unexpected. Reading is all these things as well as a way to entertain and bond, so grab a few of these juicy stories and no matter where you are, read!




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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