Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades 3-5

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

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

  • A Wolf Called Wander

    2019 by Parry, Rosanne

    The author deftly weaves facts about wolves into this engrossing story. The novel is action-packed and quiet at the same time. If you liked Pax, be sure to give this a try! Recommended by Laura

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  • Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl's Brave Fight to Walk

    2019 by Davis, Meredith

    I love this brave and inspiring girl who put up with so much to be able to walk, something most of us take for granted. Recommended by Karen

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  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    2009 by DiCamillo, Kate

    This is such a charming story! I love all the characters and especially how Edward learns the meaning of love. Recommended by Karen

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  • A Long Walk to Water

    2010 by Park, Linda Sue

    Based on the true story of the "lost boys" of Sudan, this riveting tale will keep you turning the pages. Recommended by Mary

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  • The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

    2018 by Bell, Alex

    This is my favorite kind of book--a book about beating the odds! Stella knows she's a born explorer, but the rules of the Polar Bear Explorer's Club forbid girls from joining. Stella's adoptive father has never obeyed rules, and off they go to explore the coldest parts of the Icelands. Recommended by Mary

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  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    2010 by Konigsburg, E.L.

    What a fascinating place to run away to: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City! What begins as an adventure ends with a mystery. Recommended by Karen

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  • This Was Our Pact

    2019 by Andrews, Ryan

    I love the way the art and story combine in this strange and beautiful nighttime trip as two boys follow paper lanterns downriver and find friendship. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Atlas of Adventures

    2015 by Williams, Rachel

    A super fun atlas for everyone who has dreamed of traveling the world. The illustrations are beautiful. Recommended by Karen

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  • Clean Getaway

    2020 by Stone, Nic

    After a spot of trouble at school, Scoob and his G'ma set off on an epic road trip in an RV. Only, Scoob is not sure where they are headed, and things start getting worrisome when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Rutabaga the Adventure Chef

    2015 by Colossal, Eric

    Rutabaga and his trusty cooking kettle, Pot, may be unlikely heroes, but that doesn't stop them from roving the world looking for amazing flavors and having adventures. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: A Story

    2011 by Auxier, Jonathan

    Danger, hardship, and epic adventure abound in this wonderful book about a young master thief on a quest. I love absolutely everything about this book, but it's not for the fainthearted. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • The Library Shelves: An Interactive Mystery Adventure

    2019 by Brezenoff, Steven

    You, the reader, hop into the driver's seat in this interactive story with 12 possible endings. Recommended by Caitlin

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