Northeast Ohio Summer Reading Programs & Book Recommendations for Kids

Northeast Ohio Summer Reading Programs & Book Recommendations for Kids

Ready for your local summer reading program? Keep your kids engaged with books and learning all season long. Here are some picks to help you get started.

 

 

 

Editor’s Pick:

7 Ate 9

By Tara Lazar, illustrated by Ross MacDonald

Walking through Barnes and Noble in Mentor with my youngest son, I stumbled upon this book. This common joke from my childhood has turned into a fun and entertaining book. The Private “I” was helping 6, who came into his office fearful of 7, because 7 ate 9. However, the facts don’t add up.

 

Library Reads:

Peanut Butter and Jelly
(A Narwhal and Jelly Book)

By Ben Clanton

Best friends Narwhal and Jelly are back in their third easy reader graphic novel. This time, Narwhal discovers a new favorite food — peanut butter!  It’s up to Jelly to show Narwhal how fun it is to try new things. Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library

 

Local Author Spotlight:

Kai and The Daddyman

By Michelle Person

Kai is the luckiest little girl in the world because she has a Daddyman. Join Kai as she explores the world under the adoring eye of her Daddyman. Every day is an adventure with The Daddyman!

 

Great Books for Summer

Have your child try out these titles this season.

 

Ten Hungry Pigs

By Derek Anderson

One pig sets out to make a perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. Ten more pigs soon come along, adding all kinds of food — from pancakes and peas to macaroni and cheese. There’s a twist at the end.

 

Don’t Blink

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts

Kids love a challenge, and you can bet they’ll do their darndest to rise to the one set out in Don’t Blink!…especially when bedtime is on the line.

 

 

I am Enough

By Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

This is a lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.

 

 

Restart

By Gordon Korman

Chase wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again. Chase finds he has a messy past and has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.

 

 

Same, But Different

By Holly Robinson Peete, RJ Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

Teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and her twin brother, Rodney, who has autism, share their up-close-and-personal experiences on what it means to be a teen living with autism.

 

 

Positively Izzy

By Terri Libenson

Izzy is the dreamer. Bri is the brain. The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.

 

Rock the Reading with Summer Reading Programs from Area Libraries

Libraries around Northeast Ohio are putting out their Summer Reading programs. Find one near you! Get more details on NortheastOhioParent.com

AKRON-SUMMIT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
6/4-7/28
Mind, Body & Sole: Libraries Rock! A reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy. Register now at your nearest Akron-Summit County Public Library, akronlibrary.org

AVON LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
6/1-8/4
Libraries Rock! Come rock at the library with the Summer Reading Club Kickoff Party on 6/2. Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., 440-933-8128, alpl.org

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
6/4-7/28
Summer Lit League: Make the Most of Your World. Check out Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, all through the magic of books. 325 Superior Ave., 216-623-2800, cpl.org

CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Libraries Rock! Register online at your local branch. cuyahogalibrary.org

ELYRIA LIBRARY
6/2
Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Parties. Check your local branch. 1-3 p.m. elyrialibrary.org

GEAUGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Libraries Rock! Check out the series of rock concerts throughout the county. geaugalibrary.net

HEIGHTS LIBRARIES
6/1-8/11
Around the World in 30 Days of Reading. Reading Road Trip for Preschoolers and Reading Road Trip for Teens. heightslibrary.org

HUDSON LIBRARY
6/4-7/28
Summer Reading Program. For children entering fifth grade and younger, 96 Library St., 330-653-6658, hudsonlibrary.org

KENT FREE LIBRARY
5/24-8/4
Libraries Rock! Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St., 330-673-4414, kentfreelibrary.org

LAKEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
5/14-8/6
Libraries Rock! Lakewood Library, 15425 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8275, lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
6/2
Summer Library Program Kick-Off and Beach Party. Noon-3 p.m. 1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, lorainpubliclibrary.org

MEDINA COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY
6/1-8/11
Libraries Rock! Summer reading game for children and teens. mcdl.info

MENTOR PUBLIC LIBRARY
5/24-7/29
Libraries Rock! Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., 440-255-8811, mentorpl.org

MORLEY LIBRARY
5/29-7/30
The Summer Reading Club runs for eight weeks. Libraries Rock! Teen Summer Reading Program. 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383, morleylibrary.org

NORTH CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Beginning 6/2
It’s an Epic Summer. Reading clubs for all ages. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499-4712, ncantonlibrary.com

REED MEMORIAL LIBRARY
6/5-7/29
Libraries Rock! For all ages. Reed Memorial Library, 167 E. Main St., Ravenna, 330-296-2827, reedlibrary.org

ROCKY RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
6/11-7/28
Libraries Rock! Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, 440-333-7610, rrpl.org

STOW-MUNROE FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
5/31-7/31
Libraries Rock! Summer Reading 2018 is all about music.  Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, 330-688-3295, smfpl.org

WADSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
5/31-7/27
Summer Reading Club. Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St., 330-334-5761, wadsworthlibrary.com

WICKLIFFE PUBLIC LIBRARY
5/25-7/27
Libraries Rock! Wickliffe Public Library, 1713 Lincoln Road, 440-944-6010, wickliffepl.org

WILLOUGHBY-EASTLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY
May-August
Libraries Rock! Children, adults and teens can join to have a chance to win great prizes. we247.org

About the author

Angela Gartner is the current editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for Cleveland/Akron/Lake-Geauga Family magazines. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. She loves watching her two sons play either at the ice rink or baseball field. Her favorite things are books, spending time finding new places around Northeast Ohio and hanging out with the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger.

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