5 Enjoyable Reads for the Final Days of Summer

Before your little ones head back to school, embark on a final summer adventure with one of these exciting tales!

By A. Noelle

Journey Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker (Ages 3 – 7)

Make bedtime an adventure with this 2014 Caldecott Honor Book, starring a young, lonely girl and her red marker! Through the drawing of a magic door on her bedroom wall, she begins her journey and escapes into a new world. When an evil emperor captures her, only a tremendous act of courage and kindness can free her.

All the World

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon (Ages 4 – 8)

From a summer morning on the beach to a cozy home in the evening, one multicultural family celebrates life, the world, and mankind. Together with his parents and younger sister, a boy explores a farmer’s market, a lakeside pavilion, a musical gathering, and much more within a small and diverse community. This is the perfect read if you want to find a few ideas for educational and inspiring outings with the kids!

Plunked Michael Northrop

Plunked by Michael Northrop (Ages 8 – 12)

It’s still baseball season! Young rookies and fans will enjoy this story about 6th grader Jack Mogens. With a stellar batting routine and a potential starting spot in Little League, it looks like Jack is in the zone. That is until a stray pitch knocks him over and he realizes that he needs to do something fast in order to get back his game!

A Snicker of Magic Natalie Lloyd

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (Ages 8 – 12)

Have a magical summer’s eve with this story set in Midnight Gulch, a mysterious town where people could once sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. To 12-year-old Felicity, a “word collector” who sees words everywhere, Midnight Gulch is the first place she has ever seen the word “home.” In order for her to stay in this mystical town, Felicity must first figure out how to bring back the magic.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Ages 9 – 12)

At the bottom of the Fruitless Mountain, Minli and her parents work in the rice fields every day, barely growing enough food to sustain their small family. At night, Minli’s father tells her the tale of the Jade Dragon who keeps the mountain bare, the Magistrate Tiger who is filled with greed, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone’s destiny. Determined to change her family’s fortune for the better, Minli embarks on a remarkable journey to find the Old Man with the help of a talking goldfish, a flightless dragon, and an orphan.

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  1. Pingback: 7 Enchanting Children’s Tales for Autumn | The Chelsea Foundation's Official Parenting Blog

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