summer reading

Dial Books

Summer vacation has officially started and for many parents, that means a lot of free time to fill for their kids.

How about a trip to the ancient Martial Empire or to a faraway desert island? These summer reading picks will take your young ones to some of the most remote edges of the earth.

Johnson County Librarians Dennis Ross and Kate McNair and retired librarian Debbie McLeod selected some titles to keep kids and teens reading all summer long.

Recommendations for ages 3-10

  • Smick! By Coreen Cronin, illustrated by Juana Medina. Ages 3 – 6.
  • Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, Ages 4 - 8.
  • Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, Ages 5-10.
  • Billy’s Booger: a Memior (Sorta) by William Joyce and his younger self. Ages 5 – 10.
  • Princess In Black by Shannon Hale, Ages 6-9. 
Penguin Books

From haunted hotels, to the real life story of Nazi hunters in Argentina, these summer reading picks are sure to get your young ones' imaginations churning.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Johnson County librarians Kate McNair and Dennis Ross, and retired librarian Debbie McLeod bring their recommendations to keep kids and teens occupied during the dog days of summer. 

Recommendations:

A supernatural secret intrigues a 7-year-old, and two girls embark on an ill-fated adventure that ends mysteriously in New York City’s East River. Inside the twisted world of bullying culture, a journalist looks at the power of social media, and we re-visit one woman’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. 

Hot Summer Reads For Kids

May 28, 2013
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When you read a children’s book, you can peek in on aliens, take a nature hike or learn about friendship from a couple of hippos. 

The Book Doctors

Jun 12, 2012

It’s summertime, and with high gas prices, a vacation may be out of reach for your budget.  But no matter what your finances look like, you can definitely afford a trip to your local library.

School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.

Summer's almost here, and if you're anything like Steve Kraske (that may be a good thing...or maybe not) you're searching for some great vacation reads.