We asked teachers to weigh in with summer reading recommendations for learners from PreK through high school. The suggestions were spectacular, and we’ve got 10 to share right here. Thank you for helping children all over the world to love reading. We can barely think of a more precious gift.

Reading Recommendations: Summer Slide Be Gone!

1. A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
Ideal for: grades PreK-2
“It’s the first day of school and Camilla Cream is worried. She loves lima beans, but is afraid of what others will think of her. She’s so worried that she stops eating them. The only problem is Camilla Cream gets a bad case of the stripes! Will anyone or anything be able to help her? This book is a great read for younger students. It shows them that it’s OK to be who they are. A funny book with a great message.” – Early Core Learning

2. Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One
by Kate Duke
Ideal for: grades K-2
“A great book that introduces kids to story elements in a fun and entertaining way. Aunt Isabel tells the kids about what a good story needs in order to make it great.  It’s got bad guys, action, and a little faux scariness. As an SLP, I’ve always used this book with kids in intervention and have read it to all sorts of other kids.” – Susan Berkowitz

3. The Book with No Pictures
by B.J. Novak
Ideal for: grades K-3

“I LOVE a good picture book, but The Book with No Pictures shows that children’s books don’t need illustrations to be hilarious.  The story makes kids literally laugh out loud as the reader must read the words on the page, no matter how goofy they may be.  Without realizing it, kids learn about text features and practice fluency as they laugh their way through this silly book!” – iHeartLiteracy

4. The Worm
by Elise Gravel
Ideal for: grades 1-4
“This is part of a series of humorous books about disgusting creatures. The text is a look at the earthworm. It covers topics including the worm’s habitats (such as living inside other animals), its anatomy (its muscle tube), and its history (worms have been on earth for 120 million years). The illustrations are fabulous. It will make kids who love worms love them even more!” – Sandra Naufal

5. What Do You Do with an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada
Ideal for: grades 1-5
“It’s a picture book, but there’s a lot of value in the story for all ages! What do you do with ideas that are big or unusual? You care for them and share them! The sweet message in this picture book is important for children big and small.” – Edventures at Home

 6. My Father’s Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Ideal for: grades 2-5
“A brave and resourceful young hero rescues a baby dragon from a passel of wild animals using nothing more than his wits and a backpack full of odds and ends!” – Carla Hoff

7. A Crooked Kind of Perfect
by Linda Urban
Ideal for: grades 4-6
“I love everything about this book! I’ve read it at least 10 times and never gotten tired of it. I’ve used it for a read-aloud and based lots of reading strategy lessons around it. The first two (very short) chapters are titled: ‘How it’s Supposed to Be’ and ‘How It Is.’ Don’t we all face that disconnect between how life is supposed to be, and how it really is? In Zoe’s case, she envisions herself as a child prodigy who will play the grand piano at Carnegie Hall, wearing a ball gown with gloves and a tiara. But her life isn’t as perfect as her dreams.”- Rainbow City Learning

8. Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
Ideal for: middle schoolers
“Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson recounts her childhood, first in South Carolina then New York, in the 60s and 70s. It’s an English teacher’s dream — powerful writing coupled with thought-provoking insights about race, prejudice, and diversity.” – Literary Sherri

9. Do They Hear When You Cry
by Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir
Ideal for: grades 9-12
“This book about female genital mutilation is one of the most powerful and moving books I have ever read. It opens students’ eyes to life outside America, the lack of rights people have, and how difficult it really can be for someone to enter America and become a citizen. For years after reading this book, I wanted to become a human rights lawyer.” – Stephanie’s History Store

10. The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

Ideal for: grades 9-12
“A parallel story of the real Sarah Grimke and the family slave Hetty, this historical fiction novel (set in Charleston in the 1800’s) takes us through Sarah’s growing up to be a powerful female abolitionist and Hetty developing her talents and finding a sort of freedom. It’s an intriguing read, and I found myself outraged, sad, inspired, remorseful, and encouraged, just from reading it. It touches on issues of slavery, women’s rights, and not accepting what shouldn’t be accepted. I couldn’t stop thinking about this story even months after I read the book.” – That Rocks Math Science and ELA

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“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

 

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