We’re down to the final weeks of summer. So fill them with lots of fun, sun, and good books. Here are more summer reading choices for everyone.
“Real of Fake? Far-out Fibs, Fishy Facts, and Phony Photos to Test for the Truth” by Emily Krieger and illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos
Test your detective skills with this crazy book of lists, photos, facts, and games. Can you spot the truth?
“125 Wacky Roadside Attractions: See All the Weird, Wonderful, and Downright Bizarre Landmarks from Around the World” by National Geographic Kids
A giant floating faucet. A hot air balloon shaped like Darth Vader’s head. A bathroom shaped like a giant fire hydrant. These are only a few of the insane things found in this photo and fact book. Lovers of the weird will enjoy every page.
“Master-Mind: Over 100 Games, Tests, and Puzzles to Unleash Your Inner Genius” by Stephanie Warren Drimmer with puzzles by Julie K. Cohen
This interactive workbook offers loads of mind-mastering challenges. Take it on a road trip or just chill out on the couch. Either way, you’ll discover your inner genius.
“Ocean Animals: Who’s Who in the Deep Blue” by Johnna Rizzo
Meet the coolest creatures around. Learn about your favorite fish, including those that inspired favorite characters Nemo and Dori. With beautiful photography and interesting facts, kids who love the ocean will love this book.
“On Bird Hill” by Jane Yolen, pictures by Bob Marstall
This charming picture book follows the birth of a baby bird with short text and beautiful illustrations.
“Let’s Garden: A Step by Step Introduction” by Clara Lidstrom and Annakarin Nyberg
Spark a child’s love for growing things with this adorable book. From planting seeds to painting silly pots, “Let’s Garden” is the perfect summer companion.
“My Body: Explained and Illustrated” by Antje Helms, illustrated by Golden Section Graphics
For the little scientist in your house, I highly recommend this brilliant book. Fun, detailed illustrations and easy-to-read text take the reader through all the major systems of the body with ease.
“Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X” by Frank Beddor with Adrienne Kress
Hatter Madigan, the favorite character from the “New York Times” bestselling series “The Looking Glass Wars” is back in his very own series. Teenage Hatter will face swords, bullies, spies, assassins and much more in this action packed fantasy.
“The Truth About Fragile Things” by Regina Sirois
Regina Sirois is a graceful, powerful storyteller. Her new book, “The Truth About Fragile Things” is a delightful, emotional read with a unique and gripping premise. The characters are so alive, the writing beautiful, and the story unforgettable. A must-read!
“A Season for Fireflies” by Rebecca Maizel
A new contemporary young adult novel about first love, second chances, and the power of memory. Penny had it all a year ago: a boyfriend, great friends, popularity. But now she is hated and alone. When she’s struck by lightning and looses the memories of that last year, Penny may get a second chance to make everything right.
Note: I haven’t read this one yet—the book was delayed coming from the publisher—so I can’t comment on content.
ALL GROWN-UP KIDS
“Beauty and the Clockwork Beast” by Nancy Campbell Allen
Think “Jane Eyre” meets “Beauty and the Beast” in a steampunk world. Yep, it’s as cool as it sounds. Lucy journeys to Blackwell Manor to help her sick cousin, but what she finds there is far from ordinary. The Lord of Blackwell has a secret, there have been mysterious deaths, and Lucy starts to fall in love despite his beastly ways. A fun, clean romance.
“Darktown” by Thomas Mullen
In 1948, responding to big pressure, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to take on the first black officers. These new men face hostility, harsh limitations, and segregation. When a black woman, las seen in a car with a white man, is beaten to death, two of those new cops, Boggs and Smith, refuse to dismiss her murder. A “vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga.”
Note: I haven’t read this one yet. I’m assuming the content will be highly violent, with tough social issues, possible frequent foul language, and possible sexual content.