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.
FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY – Recommended Book List
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.
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.
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.
NORTH TEXAS READING PARTNERS – Recommended Book List
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