Breezy Summer Reads 2023 (Grades K-2)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

From picture books to easy readers to graphic novels to chapter books, these are some of our favorite books for kids in kindergarten-grade 2 and their grown-ups. They're easy to find right near the Kids desk.

  • True You: A Gender Journey

    2022 by Agna, Gwen

    A photographic celebration of lots of different kinds of kids. Who are you, really?

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  • How to Read a Book

    2019 by Alexander, Kwame

    This lovely book begs to be touched and felt and read over and over again.

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  • Caves

    2022 by Beckerman, Nell Cross

    Gorgeous photos and lyrical text take us on an exploration into the hidden world of one of earth’s most fascinating ecosystems.

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  • Farmhouse

    2022 by Blackall, Sophie

    Step back in time as you read this enchanting book based on a real family and a real farmhouse from which the author rescued and repurposed household artifacts for the beautiful, detailed collage artwork.

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  • The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border

    2022 by Briseño, Stephen

    Noemi and her mama join so many other refugees at the border of the United States and Mexico, where they look for the person who keeps track of whose turn it is to cross the border: the notebook keeper.

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  • J. D. and the Great Barber Battle

    2021 by Dillard, J.

    In this fun, engaging story based on the author’s life, eight-year-old J.D. proves that kids can be just as talented and successful as grown-ups–or maybe even more so!

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  • The Flamingo

    2022 by Guojing

    While visiting her beloved Lao Lao (grandmother) in this almost wordless graphic novel filled with breathtaking illustrations, a girl’s vacation takes a fantastical turn when she finds a bright pink feather in her grandmother’s house.

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  • The Mailbox in the Forest

    2021 by Hara, Kyoko

    While spending her vacation with her grandparents in the country, Mayu discovers a mailbox in the forest. She is surprised when she actually gets an answer to the letter she leaves. Who could her new penpal be?

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  • Esme's Birthday Conga Line

    2022 by Heuer, Lourdes

    Esme's grandparents, Mimi and Pipo, are great at giving birthday presents. This year, she got a guitar! But they don't really know how to plan a birthday party with pinatas or cake or fun, so with the help of some neighbors, problem-solving Esme figures it out!

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  • Harlem Grown

    2020 by Hillery, Tony

    The amazing true story of how the author’s vision to transform a vacant lot into a thriving urban farm became a reality with the help of the community’s dedicated students and parents.

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  • Food Truck Fiasco

    2022 by Michalak, Jamie

    Can Frank and Bean win the food truck competition with donuts and oatmeal? Will the two friends have enough zip, enough zing?

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  • Am I Even A Bee?

    2022 by Muth, Felicity

    Is there only one way to be a bee? Osmia is not black, yellow, or fuzzy, but she really hopes she is actually a bee!

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  • Reina Ramos Works It Out!

    2022 by Otheguy, Emma

    Reina is a loyal friend. Her high-spirited antics sometimes cause chaos, but she always finds a way to make things right.

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  • The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale

    2022 by Palmer, Charly

    Gravity got his playground name for a good reason, but can he take the Hillside Projects Basketball team to win the championship? Or does it take more than one fantastic star player?

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  • Sir Ladybug

    2022 by Tabor, Corey R.

    What’s the best way to save a friend from an evil monster? With the “magical power of cake,” of course! You’ll cheer for Sir Ladybug and his pals as they save the day with effective, though unusual strategies in this first graphic novel in a series.

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  • If Tigers Disappeared

    2022 by Williams, Lily

    We’re all connected. What would our world look like without tigers?

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