Summer 2020: Books about Reading for Grades 3-5

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Enjoy these books about words, reading, libraries and more. Then find lots of great reading activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • Matilda

    2007 by Dahl, Roald

    Hilarious and clever, this book about the smartest girl in the room will have you feeling great about loving to read. Best of all? Everyone gets what they deserve in the end. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: Super Diaper Baby Series, Book 1

    2012 by Pilkey, Dav

    Here comes the world's first crime-fighting super baby! If you like Captain Underpants and Dog Man, you will love Super Diaper Baby. Perhaps the first comic book written by book characters I have ever read. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Punished!

    2014 by Lubar, David

    I love this book about a boy who causes trouble in the library, and gets his just deserts, and it's no cake walk. I mean, he really had the book thrown at him, if you know what I mean! Recommended by Karen

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  • Fish in a Tree

    2015 by Mullaly Hunt, Lynda

    I love this story about kids who have trouble reading. You will love the main character, Ally, as she finally figures out that her behavioral problems are really nothing more than dyslexia, a problem she can overcome with help. Recommended by Mary

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  • Property of the Rebel Librarian

    2018 by Varnes, Allison

    The book made me grateful that my parents were supportive of my voracious reading habits when I was a child. I probably wouldn't have been as brave as the main character if they weren't, but I thoroughly enjoyed cheering June on. Recommended by Lorrie

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  • A Light in the Attic

    2020 by Silverstein, Shel

    Some are silly, some are loving, some just plain weird! Whatever you like, this is a fun collection of poems to be read and enjoyed by any age. Recommended by Karen

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  • Finding Langston

    2018 by Cline-Ransome, Lesa

    Langston discovers a poet who shares his name and is hooked. I love this well-written historical novel. Recommended by Karen

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  • Book Uncle and Me

    2016 by Krishnaswami, Uma

    Now more than ever, we need to know that what we do can make the world a better place. That's why I love this story of a girl in India who loves to read, and has to take action when her beloved books are threatened. Recommended by Mary

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  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    2013 by Grabenstein, Chris

    "Find your way out of the library using only what's in the library." Sound like a great adventure? It is! Recommended by Mary

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  • Library on Wheels: Mary Lemist Titcomb and America's First Bookmobile

    2018 by Glenn, Sharlee Mullins

    Fans of books, libraries, or just history in general will have a blast browsing this scrapbook-style nonfiction book filled with tons of archival photos and other goodies about the first bookmobile and the woman who made it happen. Recommended by Dave

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  • The Whisper

    2015 by Zagarenski, Pamela

    I love the way this book shows one way to approach the challenge of reading a wordless picture book. I also appreciate its reminder that great readers can also be amazing storytellers. Recommended by Lorrie

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  • Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

    2012 by Krosoczka, Jarrett J.

    What lies deep in the hearts of librarians? Lunch Lady is about to find out! I love this funny story about a crime-fighting cafeteria worker. Recommended by Caitlin

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