Super Summer Reads for Students

Now that it's the summer break there are plenty of hours to fill each day. What better way to reduce the summer slide than to encourage children to read books that they find engaging and are actually excited about. Here are my top Summer Reads for students.
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1. The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths 
This has to be one of the most popular books in my library! I have multiple copies of each book and they are always loaned out. The series starts with 'The 13 Storey Treehouse' and is currently at 'The 78 Storey Treehouse'. 'The 91 Storey Treehouse' is just about to be released and I know it will be hot property as soon as it hits the shelves.  Kids find these books hilarious and the illustrations by Terry Denton complement the text perfectly.

2. Dog Man- Dave Pilkey
From the author of Captain Underpants comes Dave Pilkey's latest creation- Dog Man! This book is silly, funny and perfect for anyone who loves a laugh. The story is in colored graphic novel form, which is ideal for the reluctant reader. We just purchased these for the library and I fully anticipate them flying off the shelf!

3. Harry Potter- J.K Rowling
Now we all know and love Harry Potter, and if you have an avid fan in your home or library, chances are they will have devoured the entire series. For something a little different there are a couple of new Harry Potter reads on offer. First we have the illustrated edition of Harry Potter. How amazing is that? They are being released in sequence and the next one out is 'The Prisoner of Azkaban'.
Next, you can get the original Harry Potter novel, but now in house colors! Choose from Slytherin, Griffindor, Hufflepuff or Raven Claw depending on which house your loyalty lies according to the sorting hat.

4. The Bad Guys- Aaron Blabey
'The Bad Guys' is a series from one of my favorite authors- Aaron Blabey. He has written some of my most loved picture books, but this book is another that I cannot keep on the shelf in my library. Another hilarious series with a bunch of animal misfits that will keep you laughing. There are currently five books in the series, the latest being 'Intergalactic Gas'.

5. The Babysitters Club GRAPHIC NOVEL-  Gale Calligan and Ann M. Martin
Who didn't love reading the Babysitters Club back in the 80's and 90's. I think I must have read every book detailing the babysitting antics of Kristy, Claudia, Dawn and the rest of the gang. Well, I have to admit, the few copies we have of the BSC on our shelves in the library don't get much traction. But new life has been breathed into these old stories by revamping them as graphic novels! Genius! Great for reluctant readers and we all know how popular graphic novels have become. I have actually purchased some of these for our school library and I am really interested in seeing if their popularity increases!
6. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly-Rachel Renee Russell
This is the latest series from Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell. Max Crumbly is a middle school student who manages to get himself into rather sticky situations. A great book for boys and girls alike.

7. A Different Dog- Paul JenningsI absolutely adore Paul Jennings and this short story written by him was engaging and thought provoking from the minute I picked it up. A story about a boy who is down on his luck, a unusual dog and an unlikely adventure. Definitely find place in your school, classroom or home for this one. A perfect summer read!

I hope my list of summer reads has given you a little inspiration for your summer student reading list or maybe some potential purchases to enhance your collection.

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I'd love to hear your suggestions for summer reading!


  1. Great blog post. Thanks heaps for the FREE Bingo Printable!!! :-)

  2. What a great list, thanks for sharing! And I must confess, I was a fan of the Babysitters Club too. We owned every book, even the Little Sister ones. Many a day were spent reading about the adventures of those girls (even though they were WAYYY too young to be babysitting!).


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