15 Top Books Your Kids Should Read This Summer

Suzee Skwiot | May 1, 2014 Big Kid

The school year is winding down, and soon enough, the kids will be home bugging you that they have nothing to do. Oh no, is it August yet?!

Not to worry, we've got the answer to their question: Read!

We've put together a  book list of new releases -- and old classics -- that your kids (and you) will love.

  • Summer Book List for Kids

  • 'The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning' by Chris Colfer


    Written by the Golden Globe-winning Glee star, this is the third book in The Land of Stories series. The latest installment has the twins, Conner and Alex, trying to decipher an ancient clue from the Brothers Grimm and working to become the next Fairy Godmother. But not all is well in the Land of Stories, and the duo has to figure out how to come together to save their world!

    Publication date: July 8, 2014

  • 'The Forbidden Library' by Django Wexler


    For any kid who's read and loved Coraline and Inkheart, The Forbidden Library is a natural fit. 

    After her father passes away, Alice is sent away to live with her secretive uncle, who lives in a massive mansion with a gigantic library. Soon, she meets a talking cat and a feisty boy who dares her to open a book. Suddenly, she's transported into the book, and the only way out is by beating the creature that lives within.

    Publication date: April 15, 2014

  • 'Maleficent' by Elizabeth Rudnick


    The Angelina Jolie-led movie comes out May 30 of this year, so have the kids get ready for it by reading up on the novel. The story follows the devil-horned villain from Sleeping Beauty and shows how her story intersects with Princess Aurora's.

    Publication date: April 29, 2014

  • 'My Life as a Joke' by Janet Tashjian


    The next installment in the popular My Life series follows Derek Fallon as he battles the mishaps of middle school. From passing out during a science class dissection to stumbling and falling in gym class, the disasters are too real and completely hilarious.

    Release date: April 1, 2014

  • 'Slaves of Socorro' by John A. Flanagan


    From the author of Ranger’s Apprentice, the new novel follows Hal and the Herons as they battle with and try to prevent the Shark Brotherband from selling 12 Araluen villagers as slaves.

    Publication date: July 15, 2014

  • 'Stay Where You Are and Then Leave' by John Boyne


    The novel follows the story of Alfie Summerfield during the immediate years after the start of World War I. When his father was taken away, Alfie had no idea where he might be, but then he came across his name as a shell shock victim in a soldier's hospital. No matter what, he's determined to find his dad.

    Publication date: March 25, 2014

  • 'The Crossover' by Kwame Alexander


    Twin 12-year-old brothers Josh and Jordan Bell are basically basketball prodigies. But Josh also has super sick beats, and along with his brother, they're battling with growing up on and off the court. And when they break the rules, it's a total game-changer for the whole family.

    Publication date: March 18, 2014

  • 'Ruin and Rising' by Leigh Bardugo


    The final installment in the Grisha trilogy picks up after the fall of the capital. In the tunnels and caverns, Alina is on the hunt for the firebird, and she will have to make new allegiances and side with her rivals. She quickly begins to discover the Darkling's secrets and must reconcile them with her past.

    Publication date: June 17, 2014

  • 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry


    The movie version will be released on August 15, 2014 and will have an all-star cast (Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, and Alexander Skarsgard, just to name a few). Get the kids to read the book, a 1994 Newbery Medal winner, before the movie is released!

    The story centers on 12-year-old Jonas who lives in a bleak, colorless world and becomes society's Receiver of Memory. Then he understands all of the community's secrets.

    Publication date: April 26, 1993

  • 'Seven Wonders Book 3: The Tomb of Shadows' by Peter Lerangis


    From the author of the Percy Jackson series comes the Seven Wonders book. It follows Jack McKinley in his race to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus as he and his friends duel with ancient foes. Ultimately, the Select have to make a major life-changing decision that may alter their entire future. 

    Publication date: May 13, 2014

  • 'Dork Diaries 7: Tales From a Not-So-Glam TV Star' by Rachel Renée Russell


    In book seven of the series, readers will finally learn whether or not Nikki Maxwell and Brandon actually kissed. But in the midst of all her romantic drama, Nikki and her friends are being taped for a reality TV show about their hit song. With all her commitments, what problems will Brandon and Nikki run into next?

    Publication date: June 3, 2014

  • 'When Audrey Met Alice' by Rebecca Behrens


    Audrey Rose, the First Daughter, lives in the White House. But then she discovers Alice Roosevelt's long-lost diary and her life immediately changes.

    Publication date: February 4, 2014

  • 'The Staff of Serapis' by Rick Riordan


    Annabeth Chase is teaming up with Sadie Kane, and the duo take on a massive villain from the ancient world. But the real climax begins when they discover someone very close to Sadie is controlling the monster.

    Publication date: May 20, 2014

  • 'The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story' by R. J. Palacio


    For readers who have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman's story, they will now get the chance to get the perspective of Julian, the bully. You'll finally discover why Julian hasn't been nice to Auggie and about his possible chance for redemption.

    Publication date: May 13, 2014

  • 'Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day' by Sarah Mlynowski


    Abby and Jonah have ventured into the story of Rapunzel. And they get completely tangled. It's hilarious, quirky, and a fairy tale adventure of two siblings looking to turn around their bad hair day!

    Publication date: April 29, 2014

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