Monday, April 6, 2015

A Great Summer Reading List from Harper Collins Childrens

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Spring has only just begun, but it's never too early to start planning for summer reading. Check out some of Harper Collins's titles that would be perfect of your child's summer reading list (this list is from Harper Collins):


Masterminds by Gordon Korman
9780062299963 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 2/3/2015
A thrilling new high-concept middle grade series from bestselling author Gordon Korman, about a group of kids who discover they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

Shivers!: The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything by Connor White and Annabeth Bondor-Stone          
9780062313874 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 2/24/2015
Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend Margo and his loyal fishmate (yes, you read that correctly) Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon in order to save his parents from the clutches of evil.

The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
9780062275820 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 3/3/2015
A middle grade fantasy series about Horace F. Andrews, a quiet boy who discovers he possesses a power that can change worlds, and his friend Chloe, who can walk through walls with the help of a dragonfly pendant. The duo becomes entangled in a secret and ancient war that puts life as they know it at stake.

The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila Howland
9780062318695 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/5/2015
A winning middle grade story about three sisters who spend a quintessential summer on Cape Cod, filled with exciting adventures that change them all for the best.

Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
9780062071682 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/5/2015
The third installment in kid lit star, Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s heavily illustrated monotreme police procedural, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD.

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by Tom Watson
9780062278074 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/19/2015
It’s never been so hot—and the doges have never been so hungry. The temperature is rising and Stick Dog and his pals are feeling the heat! I scream, you scream, Stick Dog screams for ice cream!

For more summer middle grade reads, check out—

·         Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (On Sale 2/3/2015)
·         The Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers by Paul Durham (On Sale 3/17/2015)
·         Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly (On Sale 3/24/2015)
·         Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Anyone but Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Picture Perfect #3: Best Frenemies by Cari Simmons and Claire Zulkey (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Fart Squad by Seamus Pilger, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia and Tamera Mowry (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Big Nate Fun Blaster by Lincoln Peirce (On Sale 5/5/2015)
·         Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce (On Sale 5/5/2015)
·         Alien in My Pocket #5: Ohm vs. Amp by Nate Ball (On Sale 5/19/2015)


Aqualicious written and illustrated by Victoria Kann
9780062330161 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 3/3/2015
Pinkalicious is back with a new adventure—and a new color! A day at the beach becomes an AQUALICIOUS adventure when Pinkalicious meets a merminnie mermaid at the seashore.

Charlie Plays Ball written by Ree Drummond, illustrated by Diane deGroat
9780062297525 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 3/24/2015
There’s nothing that makes Charlie’s soul rejoice more than naps and bacon, but when he’s not sleeping or eating, he’s there to save the day-*yawn*-after he takes another nap. Charlie is back in the fifth book in the series! Back-matter includes a delicious new recipe from the Pioneer Woman herself.

Chu’s Day at the Beach written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
9780062223999 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/7/2015
In the third picture book about everyone’s favorite sneezing panda Chu, the adorable little panda with the great big sneeze spends the day at the beach with his family.

Florabelle written by Sasha Quinton, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
9780062291820 – $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/21/2015
Meet Florabelle, a little girl with a BIG imagination! Florabelle just can’t seem to pay attention, and although her family can be a bit serious at times, she knows that life is always more fun when you use your imagination.

Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
9780062294197 – $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/21/2015
Beginning readers will learn the “-eam” word family while Splat, one of this age group’s best-loved characters, gets the sweet treat of his dreams!

In the Waves written by Lennon and Maisy Stella, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
9780062359391 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 4/28/2015
Join Lennon and Maisy Stella, stars of the hit show Nashville, in their first-ever picture book adventure based on their first-ever original song! It’s the perfect day for fun in the sun. With boogie boards in tow and homemade lemonade in hand, they are ready to splash the day away. It’s a story to spark the imagination, and with a sweet surprise ending, this book is sure to bring sunshine into every home!

Touch the Brightest Star written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
9780062274472 – $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/26/2015
A companion to the popular TAP THE MAGIC TREE. Christie Matheson again shows us the true interactivity of turning a page—and this time, the magic is in the gorgeous nighttime sky, complete with sunsets, fireflies, stars, comets, and more!

For more summer picture book reads, check out—

·         My Bike written and illustrated by Byron Barton (On Sale 4/14/2015)
·         Amelia Bedelia Is for the Birds by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Gwendolyn Grace by Katherine Hannigan  (On Sale 4/21/2015)
·         Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories (On Sale 4/28/2015)
·         Pinkalicious and the Pink Parakeet by Victoria Kann (On Sale 5/12/2015)
·         What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan (On Sale 5/12/2015)

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  1. Thank you so much for the list! I'm on the look out for these books now! :-)

  2. I just realized something! It's almost SUMMER!

    *does weird dance*

  3. Masterminds was so good that I managed to pass the Accelerated Reader test on it two months after reading it. That means the story really stuck with me.

  4. Masterminds sounds really good. I've really enjoyed some of Korman's other work. And I can't wait for Stolen Magic to come out. I loved Levine's first in the series, Tale of Two Castles.


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