Summer Reading Recommendations

Reading together during the summer is a wonderful way for families to bond and develop a love of reading and learning. Children are more motivated to read, develop positive attitudes toward reading, and improve their reading skills over the summer. Plus, adults can learn new skills and deepen relationships that improve their lives, too! Here are a few book recommendations from our faculty to consider reading this summer.

Toddler & Primary

  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  • Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
  • All Around Bustletown by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long


  • A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn
  • Kings of B’More by R. Eric Thomas


  • The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
  • Vodka Politics by Mark Lawrence Schrab
  • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David Wengrow
  • The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
  • Nature’s Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy

Browse all these books on Arbor’s Bookshop profile.

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