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The Ultimate 2020 Summer Reading Guide

Posted by Danielle Brown on May 19, 2020

The Ultimate 2020 Summer Reading Guide

2020 Summer Reading Guide

More than 65 summer reading rec's for students of all ages

Keep your kids reading all summer long with our 2020 Summer Reading Guide. We're featuring the most popular and trending titles for children, totaling more than 65 books for kids and students of all ages.


The Little Engine That Could1. The Little Engine That Could: 90th Anniversary Edition by Watty Piper, Dan Santat (Illustrated by), and Dolly Parton (Introduction by)

2. A World of Opposites by Gray Malin

3. Little Rabbit, Big City!: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway by Frederick Warne

4. No!: My First Book of Protest by Julie Merberg and Molly Egan (Illustrated by)

5. The Night Before Election Day by Natasha Wing, Amy Wummer (Illustrated by)


Milo and Monty

1. Milo and Monty by Roxana De Rond

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

3. First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John and Liz Climo (Illustrated by)

4. Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big by Chris Paul and Frank Morrison (Illustrated by)

5. Hundred Feet Tall by Benjamin Scheuer and Jemima Williams (Illustrated by)

1st Grade

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

1. Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua (Illustrated by)

2. Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

3. Molly of Denali: Crane Song by WGBH Kids

4. Mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer and John Butler (Illustrated by)

5. Grandma's Gardens by Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Carme Lemniscates (Illustrated by)

2nd Grade

Sulwe1. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o and Vashti Harrison (Illustrated by) | 2019 OWL Award Winner

2. Jane Goodall: A Champion of Chimpanzees by Sarah Albee and Gustavo Mazali (Illustrated by)

3. Cece Loves Science: Push and Pull by Kimberly Derting, Vashti Harrison (Illustrated by), and Shelli R. Johannes

4. I Am Alexander Hamilton by Nancy Parent

5. Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman and Archana Sreenivasan (Illustrated by)

3rd Grade

Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code (A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book)1. Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code (A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book) by Rebel Girls and Marina Muun (Illustrated by)

2. My Brother Made Me Do It by Peg Kehret

3. Ida B. Wells: Discovering History's Heroes by Diane Bailey

4. Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson, Who HQ, and Nancy Harrison (Illustrated by)

5. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lai

4th Grade

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls1. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

2. Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow

3. Slamdown Town by Maxwell Nicoll and Matthew Smith

4. When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrated by), and Iman Geddy (Illustrated by)

5. Girl Genius by Carla Sinclair and Georgia Rucker (Illustrated by)

5th Grade

Guts1. Guts by Raina Telgemeier | 2019 OWL Award Winner

2. Refugee by Alan Gratz

3. The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate and Patricia Castelao (Illustrated by)

4. Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas

5. Holes by Louis Sachar

6th Grade

The Giver1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

3. Spaceman (Adapted for Young Readers): The True Story of a Young Boy's Journey to Becoming an Astronaut by Mike Massimino

4. The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd

5. The Skin I'm In (20th Anniversary Edition) by Sharon Flake

7th Grade

Scars Like Wings1. Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart | 2019 OWL Award Winner

2. Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller

3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

4. Adrift by Paul Griffin

5. To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

8th Grade

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

2. Clique Bait by Ann Valett

3. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

4. Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky

5. Goodbye from Nowhere by Sara Zarr

High School

Same But Different1. Same But Different by Holly Robinson Peete, RJ Peete, and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

4. Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward

5. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Advanced Reading

I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying1. I'm Telling the Truth But I'm Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi | 2019 OWL Award Winner

2. Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney

3. Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel by Celeste Ng

4. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

5. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Illustrated by) | 2019 OWL Award Winner

Teacher Resources

Entry Level Boss1. #EntryLevelBoss: How to Get Any Job You Want by Alexa Shoen

2. Wild and Free Handcrafts: 32 Activities to Build Confidence, Creativity, and Skill by Ainsley Arment

3. Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work by Crystal Chatterton

4. The Organized Teacher's Guide to Being a Creative Teacher, Grades K-6, Third Edition by Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, and Kimberly Persiani

5. The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource, 2nd Edition: Making Every Moment Intentional and Instructional With "Best Friend Books" by Lester L. Laminack

But the list doesn't end here...

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This post was written by Danielle Brown, Ecommerce Specialist at BookPal. She is currently reading A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen.