Summer is here and for many children that doesn’t mean a break from hitting the books. Avoiding the ‘summer slump’ often means making it through assigned reading, but there’s room for fun, too. Picture books that fire up kids’ imaginations and smart historical fiction feeds teens’ curiosity. Join us for our annual conversation about the best summer books for kids and young adults.


  • Rachael Walker Children’s literacy and education outreach consultant with Reading Rockets and Start with a Book, multimedia education initiatives of WETA; writer/blogger
  • Mark Hecker Executive Director, Reach Incorporated
  • Meghan Cox Gurdon Children's book reviewer, The Wall Street Journal; essayist

2015 Kids & YA Summer Reading List

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