The Best Books for Children to Read During the Last Weeks of Summer Vacation! ~ Dallas Mom Blog and Fort Worth Mom Blogger: Trendy Mom Reviews
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Best Books for Children to Read During the Last Weeks of Summer Vacation!


The new school year is just around the corner!  In today's post, I will tell you about trendy books that are perfect for the final days of summer vacation. We'll cover books for high schoolers down to preschoolers!  All of the books were read by my children and come highly recommended by our family. 

Let's start with the books for high schoolers.

SHE’S THE LIAR by Alison Cherry (Scholastic Press | On sale May 28, 2019 | Ages 8-12)
A new dual perspective middle-grade novel from The Pros of Cons coauthor, Alison Cherry. When Abby enters sixth grade at her new boarding school, Brookside Academy, she is determined to reinvent herself. She sheds her shy personality and starts playing the part of confident, bubbly, popular "Abbi." She quickly learns about the Committee, an all-powerful student organization that controls nearly every aspect of extracurricular life. Whatever you do, you don't want to be on the Committee's bad side. Abby's older sister, Sydney, is in eighth grade at Brookside. At home she was always a loner, but Abby is shocked to discover that Sydney has also crafted herself into a new person at school-she's the president of the Committee, and she rules the entire student body through intimidation. Each sister is a threat to the success of the other's new personality, and things grow heated as Abby and Sydney try to outmaneuver each other for power and influence. But both girls have hidden motives, and they soon find themselves hopelessly tangled in a web of lies, schemes, and blackmail.

FOCUSED by Allison Gerber (Scholastic Press | On sale March 26, 2019 | Ages 8-12)
Following Braced, which had three starred reviews, comes a story of a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD. Clea can't control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework . . . but she gets distracted. She knows she can't just say whatever thought comes into her head . . . but sometimes she can't help herself. She know she needs to focus . . . but how can she do that when the people around her are always chewing gum loudly or making other annoying noises? It's starting to be a problem-not just in school, but when Clea's playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. Other kids are starting to notice. When Clea fails one too many tests, her parents take her to be tested, and she finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be. Clea knows life can't continue the way it's been going. She's just not sure how you can fix a problem that's all in your head. But that's what she's going to have to do, to find a way to focus.


The next set of books are great for middle schoolers and high schoolers.  My oldest found them very engaging!


MAKING FRIENDS: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD by Kristen Gudsnuk (Graphix | On sale July 30, 2019 | Ages 8-12)
Dany, Madison, and...wait-another Dany?!-must navigate some very complicated friendships while trying to capture a magical dog that is turning their town upside-down! Almost everything is going great for Dany. She and Madison are still best friends, she still has her magic sketchbook, and the new school year is looking up. But when Dany creates a duplicate of herself to secretly help with homework and raise her social status, the two of them accidentally unleash a magical dog that wreaks supernatural havoc on the town. Now, with the big school dance coming up, time is running short for Dany, Madison, and their friends to set things right before the night is completely ruined!


DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS #1: SNOW PLACE LIKE HOME by Christina Soontornvat (Scholastic Paperbacks | On sale July 30, 2019 | Ages 7-10)
A brand new, fun filled chapter book series that answers the question: What if Frozen's Elsa went to regular school? Princess Lina has a life any kid would envy. She lives in a massive palace in the clouds. Everyone in her family has the power to control the wind and weather. On a good day, she can even fly! She loves making lemons into lemon ice, riding wind gusts around the sky, and turning her bedroom into a real life snow globe. There's just one thing Lina wants: to go to regular, non-magical school with her best friend Claudia. She promises to keep the icy family secret under wraps. What could go wrong? (EVERYTHING!)

DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS #2: FROST FRIENDS FOREVER (7/30/2019) It's Winter Break at Hilltop Academy and Lina couldn't be more excited. With time off from school, Lina's parents say it's all right for her best friend, Claudia, to come up to their cloud palace for a sleepover (as long as she double pinkie-swears never to tell the royal family secret!). Claudia can't wait to see what it's like to actually be a real princess! But she soon learns that all the stuffy palace protocol isn't nearly as fun as it sounds.

DIARY OF AN ICE PRINCESS #3: ON THIS ICE (10/1/2019) Princess Lina is loving groundling school. Her magic is still under wraps, she hangs out with BFF Claudia every day, and soon their class is taking a field trip to see penguins at the city aquarium! Up in the sky, Lina's Granddad has decided to invite her mischievous cousin Jack Frost to give Lina extra tutorials in Winterheart magic. But when Jack tags along with Lina to school, his tricks wreak havoc on the big field trip. Can Lina keep her cool and save the day?



The next set of books are also for middle schoolers and high schoolers.  My son stayed up all night reading each of these books and loved them. He even wrote little book reports to summarize why they are so cool!

SUNNY ROLLS THE RICE by Jennifer L. Holm , illustrated by Matthew Holm (Graphix | On sale September 24, 2019 | Ages 8-12)
From the award-winning duo of Jennifer and Matthew Holm comes the third book in the bestselling Sunny series, Sunny Rolls the Dice -- full of heart, laughs, and adventure! Too cool for school . . . or the least groovy girl in the grade? Sunny's just made it to middle school and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you're swordfighting and spider-slaying, it's hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it's your turn to roll the 20-sided die. Trying hard to be cool can make you feel really uncool . . . and it's much more fun to just have fun. Sunny's going to find her groove and her own kind of groovy, with plenty of laughs along the way.

PROJECT Z: A ZOMBIE ATE MY HOMEWORK by Tommy Greenwald (Scholastic Paperbacks | On sale May 14, 2019 | Ages 8-12)
Arnold Z. Ombee has escaped a secret government zombie project -- but now can he survive human elementary school? From the hilarious mind behind the Crimebiters series comes a new trilogy that fans of The Last Kids on Earth will love to pieces (literally). Arnold Z. Ombee has escaped a secret government lab that's developing zombies. Young, scared, and alone, he is found by the Kinders, a warmhearted couple who take him in. The Kinders decide Arnold will become part of their family. They help him disguise his undead appearance and teach him how to act like a human boy. After a lot of practice, he's ready for the ultimate test: Fifth grade!

PROJECT Z #2: ZOMBIES ARE PEOPLE, TOO (9/3/2019) The zombie secret is out! Sort of... Scientists at the lab that Arnold escaped from claim they've changed their tune. Instead of creating super zombie soldiers, they just want humans and zombies to be friends. Too good to be true? Probably. But Arnold agrees to help teach other zombies everything he's learned so far about being a real human boy. But there's something that seems strange about these new "zombies" (well, stranger than usual). Arnold knows it's up to him to unearth the secret before it eats him up inside. And outside. And everywhere else.

WEIRDO by Anh Do (Scholastic Inc | On sale January 29, 2019 | Ages 7-10)
From bestselling author Anh Do comes the hilarious hit chapter book series, WeirDo. These illustrated books will keep readers laughing as Weir and his friends navigate the trials of elementary school. Meet Weir Do. No, that's not a typo, that's his name! Weir Do's the new kid in school. With an unforgettable name, a crazy family, and some seriously weird habits, fitting in won't be easy . . . but it will be funny!
WEIRDO #2: EVEN WEIRDER (1/29/2019) Weir's back and extra weird! Dad's working on his cool dance moves for the local talent search, while Weir's trying out for the school soccer team! Will Weir score a goal, or fall flat? It won't be easy . . . but it will be funny!
WEIRDO #3: EXTRA WEIRD (4/30/2019) Dad's working on his cool dance moves for the local talent search, while Weir's trying out for the school soccer team! Will Weir score a goal, or fall flat?
WEIRDO #4: SUPER WEIRD! (9/3/2019) Dad's training to become a firefighter, while Weir's busy with Pet Day! Will FiDo and Blockhead freeze-up or find fame?


The next book is great for preschoolers and elementary school children. My youngest son loves to pull fruit out of our fruit basket, ice cream cones out of our cabinet, and produce out of our refrigerator when we read it. It's an interactive book that is educational and fun!

NOW YOU KNOW WHAT YOU EAT by Valorie Fisher (Orchard Books | On sale October 15, 2019 | Ages 4-7)
From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to macaroni and cheese, Valorie Fisher explores the science behind our most delicious dishes! Valorie Fisher dives deep into the science of what we eat and where ingredients come from by exploring what happens behind the scenes of favorite, everyday foods like pizza, honey, milk, maple syrup, vegetable soup, and more. With the help of bold, eye-catching yet simple graphics, inquisitive minds will love discovering what makes popcorn pop, why bread rises, and how bees make honeycomb. With this book peppered with facts like how many eggs a hen lays in a year and how many gallons of sap it takes to make one gallon of syrup, readers will be fascinated by all the amazing things they never knew about the food they eat! Now You Know What You Eat also includes a glossary, and a graphic about the food groups, as well as an introduction to vitamins and minerals. With a growing focus on STEM for this early age group, this book encourages readers to ask their own questions about the world around them, and to fall in love with discovering the answers!


Finally, our latest go-to book at bedtime is, Two Tough Trucks. My son loves these clever little trucks that pair up for the new school year. The book is perfect for the new school year!

TWO TOUGH TRUCKS by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung (Orchard Books | On sale September 17, 2019 | Ages 3-5)
Do you have what it takes to be a tough truck? Rev up those engines with Hensel and Gretel authors Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca Gomez and Will Bear Share? creator Hilary Leung! Two trucks off to school for their first day of class. One riding the brakes. One hitting the gas. Mack and Rig couldn't be more different. One loves the fast lane. The other, the off-ramp. But when they're forced to pair up on their first day of school, can Mack and Rig figure out a way to get along and learn what it really means to be a tough truck? Get ready to vroom and zoom your way to fun and friendship with these two lovable and tough trucks!

We hope that your little ones are able to enjoy these trendy books on the remaining laid back and peaceful summer days before the new school year!  

Finally, if you have old books that your children have outgrown, consider sharing them with others in your community. Personally, our family restocks Little Free Libraries in our area when our children are done with books.  The end of summer vacation is a great time to donate books for other children to enjoy!

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