Mary McVee, director of the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction at the University at Buffalo, recommends the following books for the following age levels this summer.

“Tried and true classics are good,” McVee says, “but why not try something new?” Books with an asterisk (*) may be less familiar.

For beginning readers (with some support)

• “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” by Bill Martin Jr.

• * “Clickety Clack,” by Robert and Amy Spence

• * “Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That!,” by Leo and Diane Dillon

• “Llama Llama Red Pajama,” by Ann Dewdney

• “Sheep In a Jeep,” by Nancy Shaw

• “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?,” by Bill Martin Jr.

For grades 1-2

• * “No David!,” by David Shannon

• * “Dim Sum For Everyone!,” by Grace Lin

• “Mercy Watson” (series), by Kate DiCamillo

• “Magic Tree House” (series and companion guides), by Mary Pope Osborne

• “Stink: The Super Incredible Shrinking Kid” series by Megan McDonald

• “Junie B. Jones” (series), by Barbara Park

For reluctant readers grades K-2 (with support)

• * “The Underwear Book” by Todd Parr

• “Bad Kitty” series by Nick Bruel

• * “The Three Ninja Pigs,” by Corey Rosen Schwartz

• “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak

• “All By Myself” (Little Critter series) by Mercer Mayer

For grades 3-6

• “Zombiekins,” by Kevin Bolger

• “Bunnicula,” by Deborah and James Howe

• “Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It,” by Sundee Tucker Frazier

• “The Name of This Book Is Secret,” by Pseudonymous Bosch (follow-up, books in series)

• * “Al Capone Does My Shirts,” by Gennifer Choldenko

• * “Feathers,” by Jacqueline Woodson

For reluctant readers

• “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (series), by Jeff Kinney

• “I Got a D in Salami” (Hank Zipzer series), by Henry Winkler

• “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” (graphic novel), by Brian Selznick

• “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dave Pilkey

• “Super Slugger,” by Cal Ripkin Jr. (All Stars series)

• * “Jackie & Me” (Baseball Card Adventures), by Dan Gutman

• “True Legend (and other sports related novels),” by Mike Lupica (grades 5-8)

• “Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty,” by Joy Masoff

• * “It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles,” by Jack Prelutsky

For grades 7 and above

• * “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith,” by Gabrielle Douglas

• * “Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two,” by Joseph Bruchac

• “The Girl Who Threw Butterflies,” by Mick Cochrane

• “Divergent,” by Veronica Roth (follow-up books in series)

• “Knife of Never Letting Go” (Chaos Walking Series), by Patrick Ness

• “Maze Runner,” by James Dashner

• “Keeping the Moon,” by Sarah Dessen

• “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher

For reluctant teen readers

• “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers,” by Richard Benson

• “Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities,” by Paul Hoppe

• “My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours,” by Kristina Springer

• “The Graveyard Book,” by Neil Gaiman

• * “Illegal,” by Bestina Restrepo

• * “Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes From the Zombie Apocalypse” (A Lost Zombies book)

• “Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science,” by John Fleischman

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