Summer Bliss & Books

First Book loves the summer! We especially love all of the opportunities to read a great book in great weather. First Book believes that every child should experience the joy of summer reading, but we recognize that there are children who do not have access to books to read in the summer. These children not only miss out on the joy of summer reading, but they are also deprived of the opportunity to develop their reading skills during the summer.

This summer First Book will be giving away 2 MILLION books to kids in need in order to combat summer reading loss. We also have several titles on the First Book Marketplace that are perfect for summer reading. So, if you’re a teacher or program leader who would love to provide your students with books for the summer, here are some great summer reading titles that are available on the First Book Marketplace:

Hear ye! Hear ye! Everyone knows that Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and now a visit to Boston has put her in a revolutionary frame of mind! Unfortunately, a protest for more allowance in the form of a Boston Tub Party only has her dad reading the riot act. But luckily a crisis involving her brother, Stink, allows Judy to show her courageous quick thinking — and prove her independence after all!


Bicycles—shiny, whizzing, wobbly bicycles—scare Julian more than lions or tigers. But how can he tell that to his best friend, Gloria? She can already ride with no hands. So instead of telling the truth, Julian makes up a little fib. And he almost gets away with it—until his fib backfires and Julian finds himself in the biggest, most confounding fix ever.


It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.


Check out these titles and more at the First Book Marketplace! Happy reading!