My picture book favorite of the summer is Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. The illustrations remind me a little of Ezra Keats' books - colorful and easy to understand, with fun details. It won't be giving too much away to say that a bus ride can be full of interest!
My middle school favorite of the summer is Booked, by Kwame Alexander. Soccer, family, friendships, and an extremely cool librarian are reasons I'll read this again. It's a novel in verse, so each chapter is a short poem, all in different styles. This genre was new for me but made me feel like a puzzle solver at the beginning. By the end, I was so pulled into the story, I forgot to notice how it was presented.
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest, by John Lechner is my elementary graphic novel summer favorite. Sticky Burr just wants to play his guitar and hang out, but other burrs chase him into trouble where he find someone else who needs help even more than he does. Will teamwork save the day? The art is full of "Where's Waldo" moments - the longer you look, the more you find.
An elementary non-graphic novel, Fridays with the Wizards by Jessica Day George came out recently. If you loved Tuesdays at the Castle, where the children of the royal family, in their parents' absence, work to hold their kingdom together with the help of the Castle and a few other unlikely allies, you'll love this latest addition to the series.
Picture Book: Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks, Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez
Elementary Graphic Novel: Jellaby: Monster in the City, Kean Soo
Middle School Novel: Flora and Ulysses, Kate DiCamillo
What did you read? What else would you recommend?