Summer Reading 2024

We hope you have a wonderful summer 

filled with adventure and exploration! 

Happy Reading! 

Dear Students & Families, 

We just wanted to share these great resources and summer reading events to encourage summer reading.

Check out the Clark-Wilkins June 2024 Summer Reading Challenge!

The Amherst Town Library Children’s Room. The library staff has many wonderful books and activities planned for the summer. They also have a monthly newsletter to subscribe to help you be informed.

Scholastic Summer Reading 

Scholastic is committed and knows that summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading.  With this in mind, Scholastic Summer Reading Promises to help get books in the hands of kids, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create a community among kids. Scholastic, along with its partners, have found new ways to get millions of books to children who were unable to attend schools while also supporting remote, hybrid, and in-person learning.  Explore Scholastic Summer Reading to learn more about fun, free and safe programs for kids sponsored by Scholastic and its partners.  You can also call Scholastic at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC for more information.

BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually. Since then, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program has been dedicated to encouraging reading in schools nationwide. BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun, and free to use at home or in the classroom. For more information, visit BOOK IT! for Parents.

What Should I Read Next?

Plug in the title of a book you like, and it will recommend titles you might like!

What Should I Read Next?

Balin Books a small book store in Nashua at the exit 8 plaza right next to Market Basket has a nice selection of children's books.

Barnes & Noble has summer reading activities.

Here are just a few summer book recommendations

Books for Grades K-2

Caldecott Medal Winner

Winner of the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

A lyrical story about a child's journey through two forests where he learns the truth about two dragons.

"Lean in close,

my darling bao bei,

and I will whisper

a most precious secret

about a powerful magic

that lives inside you."

Caldecott Medal Winner

A story told in the form of a meditation about love, hope, and gratitude. Celebrating life's moments and emotions, both big and small. A calming and positive book to read before bed.

Caldecott Medal Winner

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

A rhythmic celebratory book about the talented writer Langston Hughes.

"His ABCs became drums, bumping jumping thumping like a heart the size of the whole country."

Caldecott Medal Winner

Newbery Honor Book

APALA Award Winner

New England Book Award Winner

A New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year

A story about the power of

sharing memories—including the painful ones—and the way our heritage stays with and shapes us, even when we don’t see it. 

Caldecott Medal Winner

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Caldecott Winner

From the New York Times best-selling author comes a mindful contemplation on the many ways nature affects our everyday lives, even when we're stuck inside. 

Books for Grades 3-5


Animal Fiction

Great Stone Face Winner

The story of Odder the sea otter who encounters a great white shark. Inspired by the true story of a Monterey Bay Aquarium program that pairs orphaned otter pups with surrogate mothers. This poignant and humorous tale is told in free verse form.


Graphic Novel

Great Stone Face Winner

Maggie is finally allowed to get her own puppy only to discover that---she’s ALLERGIC. Will she ever find a pet that is perfect for her? A fun read for animal lovers.

          Animal Fiction 

Gus is happy as the gentle leader of the pets that have been rescued by Miss Lottie---until the arrival of Decker, an aggressive bully of a dog. Will Gus be able to save his pack?

Graphic Novel/


Find out how the Moon Landing happened, in comic book style. This first installment starts with early rocket science, details the Apollo 11 mission, and ends with Gene Cernan, the 12th and last (so far) Earthling to walk on the moon.

Happy Summer! Happy Reading!

Mrs. Strauss


Mrs. Hargreaves