Summer Book List – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


NBC 5, Telemundo 39, the Fort Worth Public Library and North Texas Reading Partners read with you. We’ve compiled a wonderful list of books to encourage our young readers to read all summer long. The book lists below include books that can be borrowed FREE from the Fort Worth Public Library catalog and an excellent list of recommended books from our partners at Reading Partners North Texas in English and Spanish.

To request a free card from the Fort Worth Public Library, click HERE. Any student currently attending K-12 at an officially recognized educational institution in North Texas can borrow books from the Fort Worth Public Library for free. Students do not need to be residents of Fort Worth to do so. They can obtain a nonresident student library card from any Fort Worth public library location and the card gives them access to digital content as well as physical materials.


Board books

Summer Babies by Kathryn O. Galbraith. Snuggle up to your baby and read this hardback book about spending a summer day in the park. Available in the catalog HERE.

Dr. Seuss’ Summer Things. Join Thing 1 and Thing 2 as they spend their summer days on the shore. Available in the catalog HERE.

Easy readers

Ann Herriges Summer. Learn all about the season we call summer in this first non-fiction book for beginning readers. Available in the catalog HERE.

Picture books

And then comes Tom Brenner’s summer. From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice cream trucks, there’s something for everyone in this bright and vibrant celebration of the summer season. Available in the catalog HERE.

Swashby and the Sea from Beth Ferry. Captain Swashby, who is meaningless, is used to the sea meeting all his needs and when, after his retirement, new neighbors disturb his solitary life, the sea helps him in the right way. Available in the catalog HERE.

Summer Nick taught his cat to read by Curtis Manley. Nick tries to teach his cat to read. Available in the catalog HERE.

Rubin Pfeffer’s Summer Supper. From farm to table, learn all about how we get our food with the story of creating a family meal. Available in the catalog HERE.

The first day of Tish Rabe’s summer vacation. Explore all that summer has to offer in this fun picture book that adapts the 12 Days of Christmas into a summery theme. Available in the catalog HERE.

Summer Rules by Shaun Tan. Two boys explain the mysterious rules they learned over the summer learning to manage friendship and conflict. Available in the catalog HERE.

Children’s Fiction (Grades 8-12)

Syndey A Frankle’s Summer Mix-Up by Danielle Joseph. Friends Maggie and Sydney come up with a daring plan to get whatever summer school they want. Available in the catalog HERE.

Lamar Giles’ Last Last Day of Summer. Cousins ​​Otto and Sheed accidentally freeze time on the last day of summer. Available in the catalog HERE.

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn. Cat spends the summer with the grandparents she never knew in a moving book that captures the heart of summer. . . and the family. Available in the catalog HERE.

Summer of the Sea Serpent by Mary Pope Osborne. In the popular series, Jack and Annie travel to their magical treehouse in the land of mystical selkies to seek out a magical sword for Merlin. Available in the catalog HERE.

Summer of Brave by Amy Noelle Parks. Lilla is dared by her best friend to start telling the truth instead of trying to keep everyone happy and now she has to decide if it’s summer, she’ll be brave. Available in the catalog HERE.

Mike Thaler’s Black Lagoon Summer Camp. Hubie tries to survive summer ‘camp’ full of activities like dodging snakes in the lake and more in this summer episode of the popular and humorous series for young chapter readers. Available in the catalog HERE.


English K-1 grades

All are welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Evelyn Del Ray walks away from Meg Medina

Me and Mom by Cozbi A. Cabrera

A Little Turtle by Nicola Davies

See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle

Ten things I can do to help my world by Melanie Walsh

Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora

Animals Wouldn’t Sleep by Sara Levine

We are growing ! By Laurie Keller

Kindergarten to Grade 1 Spanish

Deslízate, Serpente! by Shelby Alinsky

Evelyn Del Ray Se Muda by Meg Medina

Thank you, Om! by Oge Mora

The Boca Mas Hambrienta del Mar by Peter Walters

Las Espinacas de Sylvia by Katherine Pryor

English from 2nd to 3rd year

Deep in the Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald

Geeger the Robot to the Rescue by Jarrett Lerner

Henry and Bea by Jessixa Bagley

Milo imagines the world of Matt de la Peña

My Favorite Book in the Whole World by Michael Robertson

Please Make the Bees Happy by Gerald Kelley

The Dirt Book by David L. Harrison

Demi’s empty jar

Tudley Didn’t Know by John Himmelman

Spanish from 2nd to 3rd grade

La Maceta Vacía for Demi

Milo Imagina el Mundo by Matt de la Peña

No Se Permiten Elefantes by Lisa Mantchev

Tudley No Sabia by John Himmelman

Una Casa Para Cangrejo Ermitaño by Eric Carle

English from 4th to 5th grade

Queen of the World Baby Mouse by Jennifer & Matthew Holm

Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Mistakes that worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones

Return to sender by Julia Alvarez

Serena said by Tanita S. Davis

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

The Amazing Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Compton Cowboys: Young Readers’ Edition by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

What is climate change? By Gail Hermann

Spanish from 4th to 5th grade

Devolver al Remitente by Julia Alvarez

Escuela de Espías by Stuart Gibbs

La Matadragones: Cuentos de Latinoamérica by Jaime Hernandez

Maya Erikson and El Misterio del Laberinto by Jack Chabert

A Chico de lo Más Normal by Gordon Korman


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