Send your kid to Hogwarts for the summer! Late elementary- or early middle-school is a great time for your child to embark on this much-adored series full of magical potions and endearing characters. The writing is so good you might want to read along if you haven’t already.
This book explores the thought-provoking, conversation-starting theme: What if you could live forever?
This blockbuster book, which sparked the “Choose Kind” movement in schools, centers on Auggie, a fifth-grader with a facial deformity who is going to a mainstream school for the first time. Most kids will relate to the broader theme of the book—choosing kindness as a way to combat bullying.
If your child likes fantasy books, this three-part series, about best friends who are seemingly placed in the wrong schools, is packed with plot twists.
Even though it has quirky characters and situations (a reality-TV show is part of the plot), this book tackles social and ecological issues.
This series of 13 books follows the lives of three endearing children after their parents’ death in a fire. Hope and kindness are among the key messages.
Encourage your child to study the pictures—more than 250 pages of drawings are interspersed about the same amount of prose in this clever format.
In this popular graphic novel, sixth-grader Raina falls after a Girl Scout trip, hurting her two front teeth. Between that, an earthquake, and boy confusion, there’s plenty of middle-school drama going on. If your child likes this book, read Sisters by the same author.
Written in narrative poetry, this account of a spirited 10-year-old fleeing Vietnam is a great book to read with your kids because you’ll enjoy it as much as they will.
For children who like supernatural books, this spellbinding adaptation of a Haitian folktale is just scary enough.