Summer 2020: Books about Sharing and Caring for Grades 3-5

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

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

  • Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place!

    2019 by Shulman, Naomi

    Talking about being kind is great, and here are some simple, concrete things kids can actually do. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Song for a Whale

    2019 by Kelly, Lynne

    Iris, a tech-genius, learns about Blue 55, a whale that cannot speak to other whales. As the only deaf person in her school, Iris is able to relate to his situation and she invents a way to "sing" to him. Recommended by Meleesa

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    2018 by McAnulty, Stacy

    A freak accident makes Lucy a mathematical genius, but she doesn't know how to make connections with people. Is middle school a place she can learn? Recommended by Karen

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  • Greetings from Nowhere

    2008 by O'Connor, Barbara

    I really like how the families in this book get to know each other and learn to work together for a common cause. Recommended by Karen

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  • Seedfolks

    2013 by Fleischman, Paul

    My favorite kind of book. A community garden brings together very different people - and changes them too! Recommended by Mary

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  • Ways to Make Sunshine

    2020 by Watson, Renée

    Ryan is eternally optimistic and fiercely loyal to her friends and family. Despite setbacks in life, she knows in her heart that sunshine is always beyond the clouds. This story kept me smiling! Recommended by Mary

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  • The Storm

    2002 by Rylant, Cynthia

    Pandora the cat, the keeper of a lighthouse, along with her newfound friend Seabold the dog, open their lives to new possibilities in friendship and love. This series speaks to the beauty of a broad definition of family. Recommended by Katie

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  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

    2006 by Mass, Wendy

    Mystery and friendship in one story that will keep you reading to the very end. Jeremy and Lizzie, best friends, receive a mysterious box from Jeremy's father, who died years ago. What is inside it? And what does it mean? Recommended by Mary

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  • Best Friend Next Door

    2015 by Mackler, Carolyn

    This is the perfect book about friendship. Hannah's best friend has moved away, and moving in next door is a girl wearing the exact same shirt that Hannah has. Hannah is determined to hate her. Recommended by Mary

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  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

    2019 by Blake, Ashley Herring

    Sunny receives a new heart, reconnects with her birth mother, makes a new friend, and questions if she even wants to kiss a boy. Recommended by Meleesa

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  • Guts

    2019 by Telgemeier, Raina

    I love how this autobiographical story emphasizes the importance of sharing your feelings and finding help when you need it. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Shine!

    2019 by Grabenstein, J. J.

    Piper is worried that she's not good enough for the new exclusive school she gets to attend when her dad takes a job there as a band teacher. She is definitely smart enough, but what really matters in the end is her friendships and kindness. Recommended by Gudrun

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