Escape into Stories: Handpicked Summer Books for Kids to Explore

Kiko Anderson
summer books for kids

Summer is the best time to catch up on your reading list, and the same goes for the younger ones! Reading is one of the most valuable activities that a child can engage in, as it enhances their imagination, vocabulary, cognitive, and critical thinking skills. Encourage your kids to dive into the world of stories, where they can meet intriguing characters, travel to fascinating destinations, and learn valuable life lessons. Whether your child wants to explore magical lands, solve mysteries, or empathize with a relatable character, we’ve got you covered. Check out these handpicked summer books for kids to enjoy. 

1. “The Secret Zoo” by Brian Chick

“The Secret Zoo” is an exciting book series that will entice your first to fourth graders. The story follows a group of kids who discover a hidden zoo in their town where strange things are happening. They learn to solve puzzles to save talking animals from the zookeepers who intend to exploit them. This book series has a fantastic blend of fantasy, adventure, and mystery that will keep your kids hooked.

2. “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

“The One and Only Ivan” is a heartwarming and emotional story that will teach your kids empathy and compassion. The book is narrated by Ivan, a gorilla that lives in a shopping mall with other animals. Ivan’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant, and decides to help her find freedom to live in their natural habitat. This book is a must-read for kids learning about animal rights and the environment.

3. “The Land of Stories” by Chris Colfer

“The Land of Stories” is a thrilling book series that takes your kids on a magical adventure through fairy tales. The story is about two siblings, Alex and Conner, who fall into a magical book and travel to a realm of fairy tales where they meet characters like Cinderella, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood. The Land of Stories has a fantastic blend of adventure, humor, and imagination, making it the perfect book series for kids who love fairy tales. 

4. “Wonder” by R.J Palacio

“Wonder” is a powerful and touching story that teaches kids about empathy, kindness, and acceptance. The story is about Augie, a boy born with facial differences, who starts middle school after homeschooling. The book depicts the challenges that Augie faces in making friends and fitting in, but it also shows how kindness and empathy can conquer all. This book is a must-read for kids to learn how to celebrate differences and embrace kindness.

5. “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein

“Mr Lemoncello’s Library” is a thrilling and engaging book that encourages kids to think critically and solve puzzles. The story is about Kyle Keeley, who wins a contest to spend a night in a new high-tech library designed by Mr. Lemoncello. However, once the contest starts, Kyle and his friends realize they are trapped in the library and must use their wits to escape. This book is perfect for kids who love puzzles, riddles, and mysteries.


Summer is a time for exploration and discovery, and as parents, we want our kids to have a fulfilling and enriching experience. Reading is a fantastic way to achieve that balance, and these five handpicked books offer a wide range of options for your children to dive into captivating stories, learn valuable life lessons, and cultivate their imagination, vocabulary, cognitive skills, and critical thinking. Additionally, technology can play a significant role in enhancing the reading experience. With Troomi, your kids can utilize  KidSmart™ apps like Libby and OverDrive to easily access thousands of titles right at their fingertips. These kid-friendly apps provide a vast digital library, empowering children to explore various genres, discover new authors, and embark on literary adventures all summer long. So, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity—encourage your kids to grab one of these books, immerse themselves in captivating stories, and let their imaginations soar with the help of Troomi’s convenient and engaging apps.

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