Your Summer Reading Guide

There’s nothing quite like cracking open a good book! Summer is the perfect time of year to head outside, find a nice shady spot under a tree, and get lost in a fantasy, romance, or some science fiction. It is also a great way to encourage your kids to read, too. By reading a book, you are teaching your tiny ones to enjoy reading and you are keeping your school-aged kiddos engaged during their summer breaks.  kids reading

There are awesome opportunities all over Kansas City that can help get your whole family into a good book! Here are just a few:


Johnson County Libraries – Find a story time, check out a “Books To Go” kit, and sign up for the summer reading program. Join a book group for yourself!

Olathe Public Libraries – Story times, summer reading programs, and a “Meet and Eat” lunch program for the little ones.

Story time in the Village – Attend a Wednesday story time under the clock tower.


Kansas City Public Libraries – Reading programs for the whole family. Don’t forget to check out the Event calendar!

North Kansas City Public Libraries – Find story times, get the whole family involved in a reading program, learn to crochet, or attend a community education event.

Mid-Continent Public Libraries – So many great opportunities for summer reading.

Rainy Day Books – Author events abound! Moms, this is for you! Find a great new read and sit in on a conversation with the author.

If your summer reading programs are inspiring you to open a new book, here are a few reads that are perfect for this summer:

Book Suggestions for Mom

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Will be hitting theaters soon!

The Goldfinch – Also hitting theaters soon.

Daisy Jones and the Six – This book has been hitting all the bestseller lists recently!

Book Suggestions for Older Kids

Harry Potter – Always a good choice, but even better as the illustrated versions are being released!

The Hate U Give – Recently turned into a movie and culturally relevant, this one is a great conversation starter.

Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark – Warning: these are truly scary! I was haunted by these as a kid, and I’m currently working up the courage to see the new film when it comes out.

Book Suggestions for Younger Kids

Good Night, Little Blue Truck – Every little one’s favorite blue truck is back!

Jabari Jumps – Swimming pools and bravery make a great summer combo.

Even Super Heroes Have Bad Days – A great book about character.

For more suggestions, check out Amazon’s list of top New Releases for Kids!


Britt is a former nomad, who happily put down roots in the Kansas City suburbs to start her own family close to her parents and siblings. After three professional degrees and a brief stint as an elementary teacher with Teach for America, Britt now spends 40 hours a week working in the legal world. In what little free time she has left over, she pretends to do yoga, installs toilets, cans vegetables, quilts, entertains family and friends, and seeks adventure around KC and beyond with her two favorite boys. Though she and her husband, David, are new to parenting their 8 month old son, Benja, they already agree that they love him more than coffee. They just not-so-secretly hope that no one ever makes them choose between the two.