Summer reading recommendations!

Naches Trail Elementary School Librarian Kelly Racca was nice enough to put together an informal list of books that elementary-age students might enjoy reading this summer. You can also check out Bethel’s official summer reading list here.

(Book summaries courtesy of Goodreads and Amazon)

Roller Girl

by Victoria Jamieson (Genre: Graphic Novel/Fiction)

Astrid has always done everything with her best friend Nicole. So when Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for a summer camp, she’s sure Nicole will be right by her side — until Nicole signs up for ballet camp instead, with Astrid’s biggest rival. So begins the hardest summer of Astrid’s life, as she struggles to stay on her skates, to learn who she is without Nicole . . . and to find out what it takes to be a strong, tough, awesome roller girl.

(Book summary courtesy of Penguin Random House)

El Deafo

by Cece Bell (Genre: Graphic Novel/Based on a true story)

With hearing loss at a young age, The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear (including some things she wasn’t intended to hear), but it also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” In this funny story, Cece declares a place for herself in the world and finds the friend she’s longed for.

The Terrible Two

By Mac Barnett and Jory John (Genre: Fiction)

When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate (Genre: Fiction)

Based on a real-life gorilla that lived in a mall in Tacoma, Ivan the gorilla spent twenty-seven years behind glass walls with humans watching him. In the book, Ivan hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, he occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.


By Jude Watson (Genre: Fiction)

Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, falls to his death from a rooftop. As he’s dying, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: “Find jewels.” March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He’s talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they’re picked up by the police and sent to the world’s worst orphanage. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father’s business inside and out, and they’re tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they’ll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals

By Jess Keating (Genre: Non-fiction)

Pinkalicious meets National Geographic in this nonfiction picture book introducing the weirdest, wildest, pinkest critters in the animal kingdom! Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it’s so much more. Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it’s also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish. Isn’t it about time to rethink pink?

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