Summer Reads

You can read anything in the summer, but there’s no denying the extra dollop of pleasure that comes from reading books that feature high-in-the-sky sun, long days, sea breezes, midsummer rituals, and icy beverages. Here is a list for every age.

Summer Song Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866134
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

The third paean to a season by husband-and-wife Kevin Henkes (the words) and Laura Dronzek (the paintings)


Swashby and the Sea Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544707375
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Who knew the ocean was such a good speller?


Sandcastle Cover Image
By Einat Tsarfati, Einat Tsarfati (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211436
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Published: Candlewick - May 5th, 2020

What happens when a day at the beach collides with a really wild imagination and a fixation on royalty.


Outside In Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Cindy Derby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328866820
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 14th, 2020

A love letter to nature that feels both elemental and profound.


Jules vs. the Ocean Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534441682
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2020

A sandcastle vs. waves story from the creator of Not Quite Narwhal.


The Camping Trip Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207361
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

That first time in the woods? So overwhelming.


Stepping Stones (Peapod Farm #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984896841
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Published: Random House Graphic - May 5th, 2020

Stepsisters working at a farmer’s market learn to appreciate one another.  A middle-grade graphic novel from Lucy Knisley, known for award-winning adult graphic memoirs.


The Water Bears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984852205
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - April 21st, 2020

Last year Newt Gomez survived a bear attack; this year he dreams of leaving Murphy Island, his isolated home, for the mainland.


Stand Up, Yumi Chung! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525554974
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Published: Kokila - March 17th, 2020

Yumi skips academic prep to participate in the summer camp of her dreams: learning stand-up comedy.


The Book of Fatal Errors (The Feylawn Chronicles #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374301194
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 7th, 2020

Rufus, whose every mistake has dire consequences, looks forward to the freedom of summer at his grandfather’s estate. A middle-grade fantasy with mischievous fairies.


The Rest of the Story Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062933621
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

A girl feels torn between the class divide of a lake resort town.


Girl, Unframed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534426979
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 23rd, 2020

An atmospheric thriller about the summer when Sydney, a celebrity’s daughter, begins to experience the male gaze. (Spoiler alert: This one is inspired by an Old-Hollywood scandal.)


Beach Read Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

For Adults - Novelists spar at adjoining beach houses--until they decide to address their writer’s block by swapping genres.


Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133510
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Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2020

For Adults - An Instagram influencer is surprised when a long-lost friend asks her to be maid of honor.


Shakespeare for Squirrels: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062434029
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Published: William Morrow - May 12th, 2020

For Adults - Missing summer performances of the Bard? Here’s a murder mystery set in A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring a fool from earlier Christopher Moore comedies.


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563389
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

For Adults - A must-read book explaining climate change that inadvertently feels summery. It evokes a past (likely from the reader’s childhood) that--because it involved less consumption-- now seems like the best way forward.