Summer Reading List: Children’s Lit

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Here are some of our summer reading picks for children’s literature. These picture books are sure to keep your little one entertained throughout the summer. Middle grade and YA summer reading picks are forthcoming, so stay tuned!


61+jut2htwL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Ages: 2-5

In 1914, Harry Colebourn rescued a baby bear and named him Winnie, after his hometown, Winnipeg. Colebourn takes Winnie with him to war in England, where Winnie ends up in the London Zoo and meets Christopher Robin. This is the heartwarming story of the real Winnie-the-Pooh and how he became one of the most beloved story book characters of all time. Sophie Blackall’s beautiful illustrations will make your child want to pick up this book again and again. Click here for more information. 


thunder boyThunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Ages: 2-5

Named after his father, Thunder Boy Jr. searches for a name of his own based on his life experiences. After trying several on, Thunder Boy Jr. and his dad finally find the perfect name for him. Yuyi Morales’s lively illustrations portray the special bond between father and son. Preview the book trailer here.


MARISOL_AND_THE_MONSTER_FC_lo_resMarisol McDonald and the Monster/ Marisol McDonald y el monstruo by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios

Ages: 4-8

Marisol McDonald is back at it again! This is the third Marisol McDonald book published by Lee & Low.The first Marisol McDonald picture book was awarded a Tejas Star by the Texas Library Association. The bilingual book is packed with vibrant illustrations and young Marisol learns to face her fears conquering nighttime monsters. Once night, after hearing a strange noise, Marisol concludes there must be a monster lurking in her home. She bravely ventures downstairs to confront her fears. For more, view the publisher’s summary here.


thereis a tribe of kidsThere Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith and illustrated by Lane Smith

Ages: 5-8

An endearing tale of bravery, a little boy embarks on a journey to find his tribe of friends. Lane Smith’s illustrations show boyhood bravery at it’s sweetest. Preview some of the illustrations here.




urlWhoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate

Ages: 7-10

What better way to celebrate summer than with super-soakers  and water balloon fights?  Barton explores the story behind the popular toy, the super-soaker, and the man who created them. Lonnie Johnson grew up tinkering and showing persistence in problem-solving. As an adult he became a scientist for NASA, but Johnson is most memorable for his beloved invention that has created summer nostalgia for so many. More about the book here.




61rYWtfzs8L._SX365_BO1,204,203,200_Alamo All Stars by Nathan Hale illustrated by Nathan Hale

Ages: 8-12

Nathan Hale always delivers an interesting, comedic spin on history in his stories, and Alamo All Stars is no exception. In this graphic novel, students will learn the history about the Alamo and the historic battle that happened there. Kids will crack up at Hale’s witty twist on things, making history–fun! Watch Hale talk about the book here. The Texas Library Association recommends more of Hale’s graphic novels on their brand new Little Mavericks list. See what graphic novels they suggest here!