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Great Summer Reads for Kids from the West Chicago Public Library District

Looking for ways to keep your child reading this summer? Here are some fun summer reading suggestions for independent readers from Dominique Roman, Youth Services Librarian at the West Chicago Public Library District.

How Tia Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alvarez.
When three girls and their father visit for a week in the summer, it takes Tia Lola to make Miguel forget his unhappiness at the absence of any boys and embrace the adventures that ensue.

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Regan Barnhill.
Jack is practically invisible at home, but when his parents send him to Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend a summer with his odd aunt and uncle, he suddenly makes friends, is beaten up by the town bully, and is plotted against by the richest man in town!

Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai.
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, 11-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.
Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

My Life As a Book by Janet Tashjian.
Dubbed a “reluctant reader” by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters spend a month with the mother they barely know.

Need more ideas? Stop by and chat with our Youth Services staff for more great summer reads.

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