Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Grades K-2

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for play activities in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • Charlie & Mouse

    2017 by Snyder, Laurel

    Charlie and Mouse know how to have fun. All day, inside or outside, they find creative ways to play. My favorite story involves a surprise neighborhood party. Recommended by Caitlin

    Get this item
  • The Doghouse

    2008 by Thomas, Jan

    The expressions on the animals' faces in this early reader are priceless. Who will get the ball out of the scary dog's house? Recommended by Gudrun

    Get this item
  • A Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories

    2019 by Ruzzier, Sergio

    Fox and Chick are opposites, but they are still the best of friends. This collection of three stories in comic book form will keep readers engaged, and the antics of these friends will keep you laughing. Recommended by Katie

    Get this item
  • Pete the Cat and the Tip-Top Tree House

    2017 by Dean, James

    Who wouldn't want to play in a tree house with a movie theater, bowling alley, wave pool, skate park, and more? I sure would! Recommended by Laura

    Get this item
  • A Way with Wild Things

    2020 by Theule, Larissa

    I love this book's nostalgic artwork and the exploration of the outdoors. Recommended by Christine

    Get this item
  • 101 Games to Play before You Grow Up


    This books is chock full of indoor and outdoor games that will keep kids busy for hours! A must have for filling free time in summer. Recommended by Caitlin

    Get this item
  • High Five

    2019 by Rubin, Adam

    Think you're good at giving high fives? Think again. Full of practice challenges, this book will have you slapping hands like a pro in no time! Recommended by Caitlin

    Get this item
  • The Serious Goose

    2019 by Kimmel, Jimmy

    I love a good challenge--especially when the challenge is not to laugh. Just try it! Recommended by Caitlin

    Get this item
  • See Me Play

    2019 by Meisel, Paul

    A great, large format early reader that has fun, detailed illustrations, making it a great read aloud as well. Recommended by Gudrun

    Get this item
  • Softball Switch-Up

    2020 by Deen, Natasha

    Love Jake Maddox books? Then you'll love this one about Raisa, who suddenly has to translate her mad pitching skills into coaching skills. Recommended by Katie

    Get this item
  • Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters: Alvin Ho Series, Book 2

    2009 by Look, Lenore

    Alvin Ho has to go camping, one of his worst nightmares. I love Alvin and think you will, too. Recommended by Karen

    Get this item
  • Get the Giggles: A First Joke Book

    2014 by Davies, Bron

    Comedians aren't born, they're made! Here's the perfect starting place for your little stand-up star. Recommended by Caitlin

    Get this item