Off the Shelf: Summer Reading

Posted June 16, 2021

By Lori Faust
Youth Services Manager with the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library

It’s June! For a children’s librarian like me, that can only mean one thing: summer reading! Library summer reading programs began in the 1890s as a way to encourage school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library, and develop the habit of reading.

Today’s summer programs encourage reading and learning of all kinds by providing incentives (prizes!) for completing various learning “challenges” and offering engaging, free activities. Once focused on school-age children, summer programs have expanded to include everyone – from babies to adults!

So, is your child (or you!) ready to earn those prizes by participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program? Following is a selection of notable new books for every age that you can check out at the library!

Birth – Preschool:

Playdate by Maryann Macdonald

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera

A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis

Grades K – 2:

Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Pena

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin

Grades 3 – 5:

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

Stella Diaz Dreams Big by Angela Dominguez

Grades 6 – 8:

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri


From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

Switch by A. S. King


Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain