Great Summer Reads

By ParentsCanada on July 06, 2016
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Whether you’re on the beach, sitting by the pool, relaxing inside on a rainy day or snuggling before bedtime, a book is the perfect accessory. Here are a few summer must-reads for the whole family.

Baby & Toddlers 0-2 years
Preschoolers 3-5 years
Early Readers 6-8 years
Young Readers 9-12 years
Teens 13-17 years

All of these books are available at and where books are sold.

Baby & Toddlers 0-2 years


The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Abc

by Eric Carle; Penguin Young Readers Group

A bright and beautiful alphabet book featuring Eric Carle's wonderful creatures.

Explore the amazing animal alphabet with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this delightful board book. Featuring Eric Carle's bright, distinctive artwork, each letter introduces beloved animals, big and small.

Where Did All the Dinos Go?

by Jim Benton; Illustrator Jim Benton; SCHOLASTIC INC

A dino-mite funny story for toddlers and preschoolers by the hilarious Jim Benton!

From Jim Benton, the international bestselling author and illustrator of Dear Dumb Diary and It's Happy Bunny, comes the latest board book addition to his series for Scholastic's youngest readers!

We Love to Sing Along: A collection of four preschool favorite

by Jimmie Davis; Illustrator Caroline Jayne Church; SCHOLASTIC INC

The perfect first book for every preschooler! Introduce children to four classic sing-alongs with this cheerful padded board book with illustrations by talented bestselling illustrator Caroline Jayne Church. The soft padded covers, rounded corners and sturdy board pages make this collection a perfect fit for preschoolers ready to turn the pages, read the rhymes, and sing along!


Preschoolers 3-5 years

Fly Into the World of Birds

by National Geographic

Keep younger readers engaged and learning all about their favorite feathered friends with the latest book in the popular Little Kids First Big Books series. From penguins and puffins to ducks and geese to common backyard visitors, this book profiles all kinds of birds and will delight kids with its bright design, fun text, and big, beautiful photographs.

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Peppa Pig And The Treasure Hunt n

by Candlewick Press

Aar! Peppa Pig and her little brother, George, are following a map to find hidden treasure in Granny and Grandpa Pig’s backyard!
Peppa Pig and her little brother, George, are excited about spending the day with Granny Pig and Grandpa Pig. But when they arrive, they’re even more excited to find Grandpa Pig wearing a pirate hat and Grandma Pig holding a map. It’s time for a treasure hunt in the backyard! X marks the spot?—?but how will they get there, and what will they find?


Let's Play!

by Herve Tullet; Chronicle Books

A brilliant new companion book from the creator of PRESS HERE and MIX IT UP! It's only a yellow dot? but what a dot it is! Readers won't be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Thus begins a spectacular ride of color, motion, shape, and imagination, filled with the artistry and delight that we know and love so well from Press Here and Mix It Up! But on this journey, prepare to leap headlong into a completely new dimension: emotion. Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through-and even off!-the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up! 

Early Readers 6-8 years


Paint by Sticker Kids: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time


Paint by Sticker Kids is the same compelling craft first introduced in Paint by Sticker, but just for kids! The book includes everything you need to create 10 bright, playful, full-color illustrations—illustrated templates printed on perforated card stock, and 10 pages of stickers to fill in and create the artwork. The fun, vibrant images are rendered in “low-poly,” a computer graphics style using geometric polygon shapes to create a 3-D effect. As in paint-by-number, each template is divided into hundreds of spaces, each with a number that corresponds to a particular sticker. Find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right space. Add the next, and the next, and the next and voila!


Disney Frozen: A Year with Elsa & Anna (and Olaf, Too!)

by Matthew Sinclair Foreman; Studio Fun International

Learn all about Anna and Elsa's lives throughout the year--their customs, favorite shops, vacation, charity work, balls, and festival in this must-have for Frozen fans!  Get a peek as some letters written to the queen from children of the kingdom and view maps of Arendelle. Fold out flaps will reveal saved shopping lists, invitations, and posters from local events.


Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #10: My Autosaurus Will Win!

by Geronimo Stilton; SCHOLASTIC INC

When you're with Geronimo Stilton, It's the start of an exciting cavemice contest - a race to the bay to supply the village cheese makers with special hot peppers! Unfortunately, Geronimo Stiltonoot's autosaurus (the cavemouse mode of transportation) is very lazy, putting them far behind and in the path of danger. Can they reach the finish line without going extinct on the way?


Young Readers 9-12 years


Weird But True Fun

by National Geographic

Kids love Weird But True and the latest title in this hit series might be the greatest yet! This wacky write-in activity book is the perfect summer boredom-buster, packed with outrageous facts (did you know giraffes only need to sleep 90 minutes a day?), 150 cool stickers, brain-busting puzzles, and activities. Creative prompts get kids reading and thinking, writing, stickering, and, of course, doodling!

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The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4: Claudia and Mean Janine (Full Color Edition)

by Ann M Martin; Illustrator Raina Telgemeier; SCHOLASTIC INC

his graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile, is now available in full color!

Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her artwork and The Baby-Sitters Club than her homework, feels like she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, gets straight As, and even takes college-level courses! But when something unexpected happens to the most beloved person in their family, will the sisters be able to put aside their differences?

Raina Telgemeier, using the signature style featured in her acclaimed graphic novels Smile and Sisters, perfectly captures all the drama and charm of the original novel!


The Trials Of Apollo Book One The Hidden Oracle

by Rick Riordan; Disney-Hyperion

How do you punish an immortal?  By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor.

But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


Teens 13-17 years


The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

A Court Of Mist And Fury: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

by Sarah J. Maas; Bloomsbury Press Agency

The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas' New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and actionpacked series to new heights.

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne; Random House Children's Books

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

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