Here are more good book suggestions – these keep with the theme of summer. Most of the books are available in major public library systems.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Age 10 and older. Mo is a rising sixth-grader, would-be detective and a future businesswoman. Her summer in North Carolina promises to be filled with spending time with her best friend. But when a mystery surfaces just as a hurricane is about to hit, her summer takes an exciting, unexpected turn.
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker. Ages 8 to 12. This is a story of two unlikely friends: Stella, who wants more than anything to live with her great-aunt on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Angel, the foster child whom that aunt has taken into her home. At first it seems as though the two girls have nothing in common, but over the course of one remarkable summer at the beach they learn how the desire to be part of a family can unite them.
Anyway* by Arthur Salm. Ages 8 to 12. The asterisk in the title points to an explanation that says, A story about me, with 138 footnotes, 27 exaggerations and 1 plate of spaghetti. What this story is really about is a boy who takes advantage of going away to camp to assume another identity – Mad Max, a wild and reckless guy. Everything about this book screams summer fun.
The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford. Ages 9 to 12. Mintys neighborhood is filled with mysterious things and people: a spooky old farmhouse, the frightening Man-Bat and mean boys who torment Minty and her best friend. But none of that is nearly as mysterious as the tree that she discovers in the woods near her house. Its a tree that holds the secrets of everyone in the neighborhood.
Stars in the Shadows by Charles R. Smith Jr. Ages 6 to 12. Baseballs all-star game is called the Midsummer Classic, and this book takes readers to Chicago during the summer of 1934, when the Negro leagues held their annual all-star game. In 1934, blacks and whites didnt play together, but some of the games greatest players, including Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, played in the Negro leagues. This book takes you back to a time when America was different but baseball was just as special.
The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante. Ages 9 to 13. It sure seems as though Mays summer wont be much fun when she pulls a prank on her English teacher and her punishment is one-on-one summer school with the teacher she hates. But Mays spirit and her willingness to be open to lessons that are sometimes hard to learn make for a memorable summer, indeed.
Crunch by Leslie Connor. Age 10 and older. Dewey Marriss has a plan for the summer. Hell manage his familys bicycle repair business - because, after all, how can you enjoy summer if your bike isnt working? But Dewey finds himself in a crunch (as in the title) when everyone needs a bike at the same time and hes stuck watching his younger siblings. Can he keep all the wheels spinning and still have a great summer?
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech. Ages 9 and older. Mary Lou Finney is totally bummed with her assignment to keep a journal over the summer. But when Mary Lous summer suddenly gets exciting, she has plenty to write in the journal. But she also has a problem: What if her teacher actually reads it?