“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place,” wrote Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. We agree. Stories can lead you into great adventures, make you laugh, and break your heart. The tough part was choosing just 50 books, out of hundreds, to feature in this year’s Summer Books issue. But we had some good help! Besides our wonderful teacher and librarian reviewers, we enlisted authors Marc Brown (the Arthur series), Dan Gemeinhart (Good Dog), and Angela Cervantes (Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring). Are you ready to meet Esther the Wonder Pig, a whale named Franklin Roosevelt, and a “trap builder” who calls himself Wily Snare? We think you’ll love them!


Want to share these books with your students? First, download the easy-to-print PDF of our Summer Book List at the end of this article. Then, check the boxes for books you recommend for your class!