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Summer Reading

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Never before has this quote been more appropriate.  Where will reading take you this summer?  The Serengeti, Paris, or perhaps Narnia?  We truly can go anywhere through the pages of a book.  As we head off into a very different summer than many of us imagined, I hope that reading is still part of whatever your plans may be.  Books are a reliable outlet for our curiosity, our desire for adventure, escape, human connection, and sometimes, just a good laugh.

Below you will find my tips for fostering a summer of reading, including a Weekly Goal Tracker, for those who find that helpful.  We also have a link to our Carey Digital Library and recommended books from the collection, in case you're wondering what to read next.

I truly wish you all a healthy and relaxing summer.


Ms. de Sousa

Access the Carey Digital Library here - ebooks, audiobooks and read-alongs(hybrid). Check your email for your child's username and password.  To find all the read-alongs easily, do an advanced search and check the "Read-Along titles" box.  Also find titles in French and Spanish!

Need some inspiration for what to read next?  Below are some popular titles. Please note: items in italics are available in the Carey Digital Library

Graphic Novels

  • The Dog Man series
  • El Deafo​
  • Noodleheads see the Future
  • Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea
  • The Big Bad Fox​
  • Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
  • The New Kid
  • Click​
  • Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades
  • The Pudding Problem
  • Real Friends​
  • Babymouse series

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Parker Inheritanc​e
  • Aru Shah and the end of Time
  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears
  • Dragon Pearl
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
  • You Go First
  • One-Third Nerd
  • Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows
  • Love Sugar Magic series
  • Holes
  • Chocolate Factory Ghost

Everybody Chapter Books

  • Dragon Masters series
  • Notebook of Doom series
  • Owl Diaries
  • Kung Pow Chicken​
  • Treehouse books (Andy Griffiths)
  • Star Friends series (Linda Chapman)
  • The Year of Billy Miller
  • Ballpark Mystery series
  • Miniature World of Marvin and James (Masterpiece series)
  • Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
  • Wedgie & Gizmo
  • Un-friendship Bracelet


  • The Harry Potter series
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  • Inkheart
  • Fortunately, the Milk
  • Spy School
  • The Bad Beginning (Series of Unfortunate Events)
  • The BFG
  • The Penderwicks
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Front Desk
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
  • Holes
  • The Wild Robot, and sequel
  • Ballpark Mystery Collection

Read Alongs

  • Mercy Watson series
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
  • I Got the Rhythm
  • Bagel King
  • Maggie’s Chopsticks
  • Dino-Swimming
  • Ling & Ting
  • Hammerhead Sharks

Picture Books

  • Ling & Ting
  • The Good Egg
  • The Dinosaur’s Diary
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
  • Astronaut Annie


  • The “Who Was” series (some titles available in Digital Library)
  • What is NASA?
  • Lonely planet travel guides (Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Rome, Washington D.C, and NY)
  • What was the Vietnam War?
  • DK Findout! Sharks

Titles in Spanish

  • Construir una carretera
  • Demolición
  • a cosa más magnifica
  • Bunny Cakes
  • Chicken Little
  • La Doctora Dora

Titles in French

  • Marion prend l'avion
  • Fourchon
  • Les chausettes de Miss Abeille
  • Les vetements dans la valise
  • Les fruits
  • Jouer dans le sable