By Guest Blogger Ellen Lloyd

As Gershwin wrote, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy!” Summer is finally here, signaling time for more relaxed schedules, fun times with family and friends and lots of time to enjoy great summer reads! Whether you enjoy lazy days by the pool or beach, go on long car rides, or relish relaxed time at home, make sure you always have lots of great books at hand. Consider encouraging family members to keep a reading log so you can compare notes of what you liked and would recommend to others, or even start a family book club and select a book to read and discuss together. Whatever you do, embrace all the delights of the summer months and the wonderful adventures and tales that await you in your summer reading!

Picture Books 

Middle Grade 

Young Adult 


Due to the long list of books and the possibility that some titles might not be available at this time, we are not giving away a book this month. Thank you for understanding and enjoy your summer reads!

Ellen Bryant Lloyd is the author of FRECKLES and FRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue. Please visit and to learn more about Freckles. Ellen writes a blog about her perspectives on life and parenting at and tweets at @EllenBLloyd. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and two children.