Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades K-2

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

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

  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus

    2010 by Viorst, Judith

    When Lulu learns that her parents aren't going to get her what she wants for her birthday, what choice does she have but to run away into the forest? I love reading this hilarious story out loud. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • River

    2019 by Cooper, Elisha

    A woman embarks on a 300-mile adventure in a canoe, from the Adirondacks to New York City. The illustrations swept me away and made me feel one with the water. Recommended by Katie

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  • Yasmin the Explorer

    2019 by Faruqi, Saadia

    I love this spunky heroine with her big heart, big dreams, and big ideas. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Our Great Big Backyard

    2018 by Bush, Laura Welch

    Have you ever thought of the entire United States as your backyard? Put down your device and go on a road trip to see the country's National Parks.n Recommended by Holly

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  • When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex

    2019 by Buzzeo, Tony

    From a young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things. This curiosity led her to become a paleontologist and her biggest discovery of all: Sue the T. Rex! Recommended by Katie

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  • My Father's Dragon: Book 1

    2013 by Gannett, Ruth Stiles

    A great early chapter book about a boy who rescues a baby dragon. Together they explore the world. The pictures are wonderful. Recommended by Karen

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  • Wabi Sabi

    2008 by Reibstein, Mark

    I love Ed Young's illustrations in this story of a cat that goes on a journey to discover the meaning of its name. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Now

    2017 by Portis, Antoinette

    This book perfectly illustrates how kids can live in the moment instead of always wanting more or different things. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Flat Stanley: Book 1

    2010 by Brown, Jeff

    The beginning of adventures with Stanley, who has been flattened by a bulletin board and travels the world--sometimes rolled up and put in an envelope. Recommended by Karen

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  • Straw

    2020 by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse

    Fun and funny (actually punny!) story about the value of slowing down and savoring things instead of always being in a rush. Recommended by Lorrie

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  • Layla's Happiness

    2019 by Tallie, Mariahadessa Ekere

    Layla shares what brings her happiness--her family, her community, her neighborhood. She asks us to think, "What is happiness to you?" Recommended by Katie

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  • Walk This Wild World

    2018 by Brewster, Sam

    Walk through all the wonderful habitats around the world and meet the animals who live in them! A lift-the-flap board book for older kids. Recommended by Mary

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  • The Mystery of the Stolen Painting

    2019 by Paris, Harper

    This series is perfect for kids who are just confident enough for chapter books. I love that you don't have to read them in order, just pick the destination that interests you. Recommended by Gudrun

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