5 Great Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Whether you’re lounging poolside on a hot sunny day, or snuggling by the fire on a cool summer night, these book series will keep you going all season long! Here are our top picks for great reads to add to your summer reading list.


Land of Stories (6 book series)
Author: Chris Colfer
Recommended by: Olivia V, age 10

This book series is about adventurers and kids who go into the mythical fairy tale world. It has lots of description and depth. Some parts are a little scary! There is so much depth that you feel like you are a part of the story and you are standing there in the land of stories. Alex and Connor embark on six different adventures, including battling the evil enchantress, trying to figure out a way home, going into stories, and seeing the good people you’ve always dreamed of or had nightmares about.  

“Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.” (Common sense Media)

Recommended for ages 8+

Inkheart Trilogy (3 book series)
Author: Cornelia Funke
Recommended by: Olivia V, age 10

I started reading this book on recommendation from my librarian at school. I am only half way through the first book and Mo and Meggie and Elinor have already gone on multiple adventures, including meeting the darkest and the meanest villains out of books, being captured by that villain, and being threatened with death. This book is very interesting and the story is about a book called Inkheart that Mo has and that Capricorn, the evil villain, really wants. I like this book because I enjoy adventure books with a tiny bit of romance. The stories are about the magic of books and the art of reading.

“Lengthy but rich fantasy great for book-loving tweens.” (Common Sense Media)

Recommended for ages 9+

Wild Robot (2 book series)
Author: Peter Brown
Recommended by: Jesse V, age 7

I like the Wild Robot books because they’re interesting and because it’s very exciting.

“Robot vs. wilderness in poignant survival tale.” (Common Sense Media)

Recommended for ages 8+

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The Orphan’s Tale, The Kommandant’s Girl
Author: Pam Jenoff
Recommended by: Barb K, adult

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction books set during WW2. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff is a story about two women who end up travelling with a circus during WW2. 16-year-old Noa is forced to leave her family home after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier. Astrid, a Jew, is abandoned by her German officer husband. Full of a lot of hardship, secrets, lies, and love, the novel is actually loosely based on actual characters. I always find it interesting to learn more about personal elements – how they were affected, instead of just the overall tragedy of the war. This author also wrote The Kommandant’s Girl, another good one.

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Cormoran Strike (3 book series)
Author: Robert Galbraith 
Recommended by: Jody V, Adult

I love a good crime mystery, it’s a great escape. I enjoy watching a web of lies exposed, and figuring out the twists and turns. My summer reads have included a great series that comes to life in words – like watching a great movie in your mind. When my friend Nora gave me a book by Robert Galbraith and said “trust me”, I did. That book was titled The Cuckoo’s Calling.  It was only after I’d read it that I discovered it was written by JK Rowling (read about why she did it, it’s a great story in itself!). The book was a feast, as were the others in the series: The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. The main characters are being taken to the small screen in an upcoming project. Read the books before watching!

And don’t forget to add the latest issue of WestCoast Families Magazine to your reading list this summer! Featuring a brand new look, some great ideas for summer fun with the family, stories and resources for families with special needs, and a whole lot more, you’ll definitely want to add this issue to your beach bag.

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