• Enoch Pratt Free Library staff recommends these books for fun, educational, and engaging summer reads. If you’d like to check out one of these books, ask your local librarian for assistance or visit www.prattlibrary.org.


    Recommended Books for Kindergarten and 1st Graders


    11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill

    Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

    Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Christian Stead

    The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward

    Charlie and Kiwi:  an Evolutionary Adventure by Eileen Campbell

    Dinosaurs? by Lila Prap

    Fall Ball by Peter McCarty

    Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka

    Hot Air:  the (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman

    Let It Blow:  Learn about Air by Julia Vogel

    Listen! :   Learn about Sound by Pamela Hall                                    

    Move It!:  Motion, Forces and You by Adrienne Mason

    No Fair Science Fair by Nancy Poydar

    Oh No! , or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett

    Pandas’ Earthquake Escape by Phyllis Jean Perry              

    Puffin Peter by Petr Horáček

    Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

    Seed by Seed:  the Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esmé Raji Codell

    Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird

    Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More! :  Poems for Two Voices by Carole Gerber

    The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin

    Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright

    Spring Blossoms by Carole Gerber

    What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward


    Recommended Books for 2nd and 3rd Graders


    Moonshot the Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

    Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy 

    Frogs by Nic Bishop

    Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    The Mitten by Jan Brett

    Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg

    The Great Cake Mystery

    A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

    Squish series by Jennifer Holm

    Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner

    No Easy Way: the story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season by Fred Bowen

    Meadowlands: a Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas Yezerski

    Kids’ Container Gardening by Cindy Krezel

    The Boy Who Loved Math: the Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman

    Me Jane by Patrick McDonnell

    The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth

    The Camping Trip that Changed America by Mordicai Gerstein

    Energy Island by Allan Drummond

    In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby

    Air Is All Around You by Franklyn M. Branley

    Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off by Herman Parish

    Unbeelievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

    Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone

    The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

    A Full Moon Is Rising by Marilyn Singer

    Toilet: How It Works by David Macaulay


    Recommended Books for 4th and 5th Graders


    The Lives of the Scientists by Kathleen Krull

    Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney

    Bomb:  the Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

    ReMake It!: Recycling Projects from the Stuff You Usually Scrap by Tiffany Threadgould

    The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

    Magic Up Your Sleeve: Amazing Illusions, Tricks, and Science Facts You’ll Never Believe by Helaine Becker

    Just the Right Size: Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little by Nicola Davies

    For the Birds:  the Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas

    Zita the Spacegirl Series by Ben Hatke

    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

    Savvy by Ingrid Law

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

    N.E.R.D.S.: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

    Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Baseball Great by Tim Green