Summer Reading


Barbara J. Feldman

Beaches and books just seem to go together, but even if your summer plans do not include any beaches, hopefully it will still include some warm, lazy days curled up with a good book. To get you in the mood, I’ve corralled the following booklists for your family’s summer reading pleasure.

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  • America Library Association: Notable Children's Books5 stars

    Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) compiles a list of "notable" children's books. "As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways."

  • Goodreads5 stars

    Recently purchased by Amazon.com, Goodreads is a social network for readers over thirteen. As such, you'll get more out of it if you create a free account, rate some books, and add some friends. My favorite Goodreads feature is the book recommendations organized by genre. Follow me and see what's on my book shelf by clicking here.

  • The Horn Book: Summer Reading5 stars

    "Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to camp? We've hand-picked some favorite new titles, all published within the last year, that are ideal for the season." From Picture Books to Young Adult Fiction, Horn recommends newly published books that may not be on your radar yet, with an emphasis on fun, summer reading. In addition to this list, they also produce a book review podcast, and have dozens of other reading lists for children and young adults. You'll find these links at the bottom of the page.

  • International Reading Association: Children's Choices Project5 stars

    "A booklist with a twist! Children themselves evaluate the books and write reviews of their favorites. Since 1974, Children's Choices have been a trusted source of book recommendations used by teachers, librarians, parents — children themselves." Visit to download this year's winners, or any of the previous booklists, going back to 1998. The K-6 lists are available online, as well as in two PDF formats: annotated or compact (which is just titles and authors).

  • Scholastic Summer Challenge5 stars

    "Summer can be a season full of fun memories, good times . . . and declining reading scores. Research shows that students who don't read over the summer typically score lower on reading tests when they return to school. What's the solution? It's simple: READ 4 or MORE!" Sign up for a free account, and log your summer reading minutes. The top twenty schools with the most minutes read will be featured in the 2010 Scholastic Book of World Records, along with the one student who sets a world record for summer reading minutes.

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  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Summer Reading." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 9 Jul. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/summer-reading/ >.


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