I am always on the hunt for the books, whether that’s best for children or middle schoolers, best for the classroom, or even best for teachers and adults, I’m always searching the shelves! I personally believe that you can never have too many books, or too much reading!
This summer, my search did not disappoint. From a full-length book written by a ten-year-old, to heartwarming picture books about dogs and their adventures, this list books for kids covers the younger ages, to about middle school level (and the adults who read with them, of course, because who can resist a puppy or a story about growing up?!)
Whether gathering materials for your classroom, browsing through, or reading at home, here is a list of this summer’s best books for kids.
This is a beautiful story of two young boys and their dog, Clementine, on a winter adventure. The book is filled with strong visual descriptions, breathtaking watercolor illustrations, and vocabulary that will both inspire emerging readers, and entice intermediate ones. This tale is a wonderful read for any season, and for anyone who believes in the magic of furry friends.
Teacher Tip: Use this book to teach vocabulary, instruct on the seasons, or as a creative writing tool to help students build stories that use description as the focus!
Author: Mikayla Lowery
Zoey’s Zany Life is a sweet and fun comedy written by Mikayla Lowery AT AGE TEN. Yes, you read that right. The book will be released November 2018. According to Kirkus Review, “This outspoken narrator should monologue her way into readers’ hearts and teach them a few valuable lessons along the way.”
A wonderful read for late elementary/middle schoolers with strong narration, and identity as the main theme.
This is a beautiful story about a young boy who believes he has nothing in common with his grandfather, but soon realizes that they connect through their passion of drawing and art. A visually powerful picture book, Drawn Together tells a tale of age, acceptance, and understanding throughout the generations.
4. Harbor Me
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
A strong book that teaches a message of love and understanding, plus bridges the gap between literature for youth, and contemporary societal issues. Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson, is a must-have for the classroom.
A group of six kids meet i the ARTT Room (A Room To Talk) where they discuss anything and everything that’s bothering them. Heavy topics, but written about with grace, openness, and heart, this story evokes bravery and camaraderie—two traits desperately needed in today’s world. Soon to be released August 28, 2018.
Crafted by the team behind Artemis Fowl, this is a graphic novel that tells the stories of immigration from the perspectives of children. A powerful, moving, and adventure-packed read.
Author: Brian Lies
This is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story about love, loss, grief, and hope soon to be released August 14, 2018.
Evan (main character) does everything with his beloved dog until one day he passes, leaving Evan to pick up the pieces. However, new beginnings find themselves in the strangest of places, and Evan learns to heal in loss.
This is an important book for readers, young and old, to be reminded of the meaning of life, and the importance holding loved ones close.
Author: Elizabeth Lilly
The only giraffe at a human school, Geraldine’s outgoing nature turns to quiet and reserved. Facing bullying and loneliness, Geraldine finds solace in Cassie, a human who is surprisingly going through those same emotions! Slowly a friendship is born that challenges stereotypes and celebrates uniqueness.
A great read, especially for young students, reminding them that being different is good.