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Great Reads For Summer Trips!

Even though June and July seemed to have gone by in the blink of an eye, there's still plenty of getting to be done before the school bell rings! And when traveling with kids of any age, one of the concerns many parents share is how to get our kiddos to stop staring at their screens so much. But as the hours on a trip by car or plane tick by sometimes it can feel like the only alternative is the tablet or mobile device you have that love hate relationship with.

We reached out to the great those awesome literary perusing minds at our own Converse County Public Library for input on some gripping and amazing page turners for a wide range of ages. These titles are sure to keep your kids enthralled, moved, and on a literary journey outside of the screen!

Young Adult Road Trip Reads

  • An Abundance of Katherine's – John Green
  • See You in the Cosmos – Jack Cheng
  • The Fault in our Stars – John Green
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  • Hatchet – Gary Paulson
  • We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
  • The Book Thief – Mark Zusak
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell *

Children's Road Trip Reads

  • The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket *
  • How to Train your Dragon – Cressida Crowell *
  • A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L'Engle *
  • Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  • The Penderwick's: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall
  • Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
  • Ralph S. Mouse – Beverly Cleary*
  • Bow Wow – Spencer Quinn*
  • The Great Treehouse War – Lisa Graff*
  • Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 ½ Days – Megan McDonald

*Items available at CCPL in both audio and book formats.

There you go: excellent summertime reads. And even if you aren't going anywhere anymore this summer, these make excellent ways to not only pass the time but help your kids take that bold step to becoming lifelong learners! Reading for leisure at a young age can help them come to have a lifetime love of reading, which pays dividends for decades!