Summer is here and that means plenty of time to read in the hot sun, on sandy beaches, with the ocean’s whitecaps tickling your toes! However you spend this season, we hope that it’s filled with wondrous stories. Whether you have a budding marine biologist or voracious reader always eager for their next book, you need look no further than these recommendations.

Pearl can’t wait to dive into her new book, but the other sea creatures keep interrupting and nothing she does will keep them away—not hanging signs, not hiding under the seaweed, nor swimming away to a shipwreck. So Pearl plucks up her book and swishes down, down, down for a distraction-free place to think and to read. But just as she settles back in, here comes a light show from the comb jellies! GAH! What’s a poor fish got to do for some quiet alone time?

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

Calling all dog and book lovers! Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. Except stars are for good readers—something that Madeline doesn’t believe she is. Fortunately, Madeline finds a little help when she meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad, and when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. And Madeline discovers that it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes.

Stanleys Library

Stanley has stocked his bookmobile with lots of great books to take to the local park. Everyone stops by to borrow a book that Stanley selected just for them, and later at the main branch, he hosts an out-of-this-world author visit from Agatha Mouse!

Property Jones’s family have just won a contest for ownership of another bookstore, the Great Montgomery Book Emporium—and it’s every booklover’s dream! But there is more to the Emporium than its thousands of books in extravagant displays. In fact, the previous owner, Mr. Montgomery, has not paid a very greedy man for a very expensive book. A book which the Joneses discover Mr. Montgomery damaged. While her family worries about losing the Emporium altogether, Property begins to notice strange things about this book.