Children’s Summer Reads: Chapter Books

Summer is almost here, along with Summer Reading programs, days at the beach, camping, and a much deserved respite from school. Now is the time for some fun, recreational reading. These new titles are sure to put kids in a summer state of mind:

Animal Rescue Team: Gator on the Loose! , by Sue Stauffacher

Keisha’s family specializes in rescuing wild animals. When an alligator is discovered in the city pool, the Carter family comes to the rescue, but finding a home for an alligator in Michigan proves to be something of a challenge.

The Deadlies: Felix Takes the Stage, by Kathryn Lasky; illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

The Deadlies are a very kind and respectable family of incredibly poisonous spiders who would never intentionally harm anyone, but the musicians in the philharmonic hall, where the Deadlies have made their home, are not convinced. Will the Deadlies escape before the exterminator arrives?

Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Secret Ferret, by Patricia Hermes

Emma’s family is heading to Maine for their summer vacation. Not wanting to part with her beloved pet ferret, Emma decides to smuggle him in her backpack, with uproarious results.

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

In the newest installment of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, Lunch Lady has taken on a summer camp cafeteria, where she faces a swamp monster with her usual aplomb.

Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up, by Sarah Albee

Let’s face it; there is nothing more entertaining than a book about unmentionable bodily functions. Even the most reluctant summer reader will find this history of chamber pots, moats, sewers and water closets engrossing.

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