Summer 2020: Books Featuring Games and Sports for Grades 3-5

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

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

  • The Puzzling World of Winston Breen

    2009 by Berlin, Eric

    Can you solve the puzzles in this book? In addition to the puzzles, I really enjoyed the suspense, adventure, and villains. Recommended by Karen

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  • Sports

    2016 by Gutman, Dan

    Combine the silly humor and characters of the popular My Weird School series with a collection of bizarre sports facts and you get an entertaining and informative read. Recommended by Dave

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  • We Could Be Heroes

    2020 by Finnegan, Margaret Mary

    I love this story of two unlikely friends who explore the outdoors, and rescue a dog tied to a tree. Recommended by Christine

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  • The Gollywhopper Games

    2008 by Feldman, Jody

    Love games and puzzles? Then you'll love this story of Gil, a kid who enters the famous Gollywhopper Games to help his dad make a fresh start. Recommended by Mary

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  • Hocus & Pocus

    2018 by Manuro

    There are many ways to play this choose-your-own-path graphic novel. Grab a pencil and map your steps, or just jump into the adventure. It's fun no matter what. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Minecraft Beginner's Guide

    2016 by Zeiger, James

    If you like playing games and can't get outside, try this introduction to a very popular game. Recommended by Karen

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  • Roller Girl

    2015 by Jamieson, Victoria

    At times funny and serious, this graphic novel about a girl who falls in love with roller derby and how her friendships are affected by it is a great read. Recommended by Karen

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  • Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen

    2020 by Kapit, Sarah

    Told through letters exchanged with her favorite baseball player, Vivy is determined to become the first female Major League Baseball player. Recommended by Karen

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  • Camp

    2019 by Miller, Kayla

    Nothing says summer like sleepaway camp! This is a fun graphic novel about how friends navigate their relationships while away from home. Recommended by Karen

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  • Who Was Milton Bradley?

    2016 by Anderson, Kirsten

    Do you enjoy playing board games with friends and family in your spare time? Then you will love this informative biography of the man often credited as the father of board games, Milton Bradley. Recommended by Dave

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  • The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

    2019 by Scroggs, Kirk

    Fans of humorous stories and superheroes will love this combination of sci-fi and graphic novel in an illustrated "spiral notebook." He might be a little weird, but that's kind of wonderful! Recommended by Lorrie

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  • Mac Undercover

    2018 by Barnett, Mac

    I love Mac Barnett's sense of humor, and this series is no exception. Explore what it might be like to be a super secret undercover kid spy. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • The Breakaways

    2019 by Johnson, Cathy G.

    This heartwarming story has soccer as the backdrop and friendships and self-discovery front and center. You will be rooting for Faith and her friends! Recommended by Katie

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