Books for Summer Break

Stories for all ages to explore about summer break.

Summer Break is fast approaching. While summer break is an exciting time for children to explore, it’s also a time when many children experience the summer slide and lose some of their academic skills. Parents can help prevent this by engaging children in fun learning activities, including reading. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is excited to launch Summer Break, the library’s summer learning program, June 1 with registration beginning May 21. All members of the community are encouraged to participate, from babies to adults. Here are some suggestions for great reads about summer vacation.

"Time for a Trip" by Phillis Gershator

Ages: Toddlers and Preschool


Get your little one ready for a visit to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s with this endearing story by Phillis Gershator. She perfectly captures the excitement of packing special items, the memorable times with family and the sadness that children experience when it’s time to pack up and head back home. This is a great way to introduce the concept of a road trip, prepare little ones for the eventual goodbyes and get ready for summer vacation.

"The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer" by Davide Calì

Ages: Early Elementary

In this follow-up to the popular “I Didn’t Do My Homework Because,” Calì’s main character shares a creative but unlikely story of what happened on his summer vacation in response to his teacher’s question, “what did you do on summer vacation?” Readers who may not have many exciting summer plans can relate to this exciting and comical tall tale, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud. 

"Sunny Side Up" by Jennifer L. Holm

Ages: Upper Elementary

Fans of graphic novels can enjoy Holm’s “Sunny Side Up.” In a departure of her more playful series, "Babymouse," Holm presents a character who struggles with the impact her older brother’s bad behavior has on the whole family. Readers are drawn in by the story-telling and kept engaged with the illustrations.