D65 Elementary School 2024 Summer Reading List

Kids , Book List

Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year

Title: Lila Greer, Teacher of the Year
By: Beaty, Andrea
Published: 2023

Suggested ages are from publisher's website and/or library catalog record.

When Lila, a worrier, moves to a new town, the what ifs only grow, and she feels alone and invisible until her teacher finds a creative and kind way to make Lila feel welcome and open to new experiences, a lesson that will stay with her long after second grade.

Ages 5 to 7

The Girl in the Lake

Title: The Girl in the Lake
By: Brown, India Hill
Published: 2022

Soon strange things start happening--the sound of footsteps overhead late at night. A flickering light in the attic window. And Celeste's cousins start accusing her of pranking them when she's been nowhere near them! Things at the old house only get spookier until one evening when Celeste looks in the steamy mirror after a shower and sees her face, but twisted, different...

Ages 8 to 12

Please note: this title is in our Bluestem display.

The Wild Robot

Title: The Wild Robot
By: Brown, Peter
Published: 2016

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? Most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants.

Ages 7 to 10

Pa, Me, and Our Sidewalk Pantry

Title: Pa, Me, and Our Sidewalk Pantry
By: Buzzeo, Toni
Published: 2023

Together Pa and Jelly Bean build a sidewalk pantry right next to their sidewalk library, and as they get more visitors, Jelly Bean comes up with the idea to combine the books and food so neighbors feel invited to take a meal and a good book.

Ages 4 to 8

What Happened to You?

Title: What Happened to You?
By: Catchpole, James
Published: 2023

Joe, a young boy trying to play pirates at the playground, keeps getting interrupted with questions about what happened to his leg, and gets more and more fed up until the kids finally understand they don't need to know what happened.

Ages 4 to 8

She Persisted in Sports

Title: She Persisted in Sports
By: Clinton, Chelsea
Published: 2020

"Stories of American woman Olympians who persisted and succeeded against the odds.

Ages 4 to 8

Welcome to the Island (Isla of Adventure)

Title: Welcome to the Island (Isla of Adventure)
By: Costa, Della
Published: 2022

Eight-year-old Isla Verde loves living on the ever-adventurous island of Sol with her best friend, a gecko named Fitz, but when a new girl moves next door, Isla has a hard time keeping her big secret--that she can talk to animals!

Ages 5 to 9

Lost in the Mountains (Survival Scout)

Title: Lost in the Mountains (Survival Scout)
By: Eaton III, Maxwell
Published: 2023

In this adventure-filled travel companion, Scout endures various natural disasters as she treks through the mountains and explains how to survive if ever lost in the wilderness.

Ages 8 to 12

Cicada Symphony

Title: Cicada Symphony
By: Fliess, Sue
Published: 2023

There are about three thousand different kinds of cicadas but only the males make the sound we know. Some cicadas appear every year but other kinds only show up every seventeen years, but no one knows why. And there can be trillions of them!

Ages 4 to 8

A Walk in the Woods

Title: A Walk in the Woods
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2023

A grieving son follows a treasure map his late father left him through the woods they used to explore together.

Ages 4 to 8

Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

Title: Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue
By: Harrison, Paula
Published: 2019

Kitty wants to be a superhero like her mother, once she gets over her fear of the dark, but when Figaro the cat needs help she springs into action.

Ages 5 to 8

Temple Alley Summer

Title: Temple Alley Summer
By: Kashibawa, Sachiko
Published: 2021

One rainy night, Kazu sees a strange figure in a white kimono sneak out of his house--was he dreaming? Did he see a ghost? The next day at school, the very same person is sitting in his class--and all his friends are convinced that the ghost-girl Akari has been their friend for years.

Ages 8 to 13

Field Trip (Geeger the Robot)

Title: Field Trip (Geeger the Robot)
By: Lerner, Jarrett
Published: 2023

Class trip surprise! Geeger can't wait to go with his class on a field trip to the Amblerville History Museum! Walking through the halls, he's excited to see displays of everything from ancient fossils to yummy food. But when he comes face-to-face with an awesome exhibit on bots--WOW!--he can't believe his eyes!

Ages 5 to 8


Title: Mexikid
By: Martin, Pedro
Published: 2023

Pedro/Peter Martín is a Mexikid, or a kid born in the U.S. to parents from Mexico, a kid who doesn't quite belong to either place. So he's not sure what to expect when his dad announces that the whole family (all 11 of them!) will be piling into their Winnebago to drive 2,000 miles down to Mexico with a mission: bring their mysterious, Mexican-Revolution-era abuelito home to live with them. But their grandfather has a mission of his own, and he won't leave Mexico until it's complete.

Ages 10 to 13

Not a Monster

Title: Not a Monster
By: Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe
Published: 2023

An axolotl egg hatches and matures in the Xochimilco canals in Mexico City, the only natural habitat of these unique salamanders that spend their lives in water.

Ages 3 to 7

A Veces, Yo Soy Todo Lo Que Necisito

Title: A Veces, Yo Soy Todo Lo Que Necisito
By: Perdomo, Juliana
Published: 2022

Conoce a una niña a quien le encanta estar en su hogar, que huele a té de canela y se siente como un pijama calientito. Pero todo es diferente cuando se va de paseo.

A young girl finds comfort and confidence within as she makes the best of any situation, in a text that highlights the themes of resiliencey, mindfulness, and self-care.

Ages 2 to 5

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts

Title: Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts
By: Tsang, Katie
Published: 2018

After an embarrassing incident on his school field trip, Sam is determined to prove that he is not afraid of ghosts.

Ages 7 to 12


Title: Loteria
By: Valenti, Karla
Published: 2021

In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate.

Ages 8 to 12

Wretched Waterpark

Title: Wretched Waterpark
By: White, Kiersten
Published: 2022

Twins Theo and Alexander and their sister Wil are abruptly dropped off at their Aunt Saffronia's house, where they learn they must complete a series of tasks in order to see their parents again--and their first assignment is at a waterpark.

Ages 8 to 12

Please note: this title is in our Bluestem display.

The Awakening Storm (City of Dragons)

Title: The Awakening Storm (City of Dragons)
By: Yogis, Jaimal
Published: 2021

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real.

Ages 8 to 10

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