There are some big summer blockbusters coming to theaters this summer, and we've got the perfect book pairings for each one!
Research shows us that kids when kids choose the books they read, they're more likely to finish and to enjoy the reading experience, so it's important to expose your young readers to a wide variety of books that match their interests! Whether their summer obsession is Princess Jasmine or Buzz and Woody, these 30 books are sure to keep them turning the pages all summer long.
(And don't forget to encourage your child to keep track of ALL of their summer reading minutes in our Scholastic Read-a-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge! Each minute read will help unlock book donations to kids in need across the country!)
The Sun is Also a Star (in theaters May 17)
If you're looking for a summer love story, then you’ll love these sweet YA romances!
Aladdin (in theaters May 24)
Can't get enough of flying carpets and larger than life genies? Be sure to check out this spin on the story!
- Genie in a Bottle (Whatever After #9) by Sarah Mlynowski; Ages 8 to 12
Secret Life of Pets 2 (in theaters June 7)
If you want further answers to the question, what DO our pets do all day? Then be sure to check out the furry friends in these reads!
- Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #1) by Julie Falatko; Ages 8 to 12
- Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Start a Club by Accident (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #2) by Julie Falatko; Ages 8 to 12
- Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go on a Class Trip (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat #3) by Julie Falatko; Ages 8 to 12
- Ruff vs. Fluff (A Queenie and Arthur Novel) / Paws vs. Claws: A Queenie and Arthur Mystery by Spencer Quinn; Ages 8 to 12
- Tabby’s First Quest (Kitten Kingdom #1) by Mia Bell; Ages 7 to 10
- Tabby and the Pup Prince (Kitten Kingdom #2) by Mia Bell; Ages 7 to 10
- Tabby and the Catfish (Kitten Kingdom #3) by Mia Bell; Ages 7 to 10
- Felipe and Claudette by Mark Teague; Ages 3 to 5
Toy Story 4 (in theaters June 21)
If you can’t get enough of your favorite toys coming to life, read about the school where toys learn to play!
- Toy Academy Some Assembly Required (Toy Academy #1) by Brian Lynch; Ages 7 to 10
- Ready for Action (Toy Academy #2) by Brian Lynch; Ages 7 to 10
Spiderman Far From Home (in theaters July 5)
Ready for another high-flying adventure? Read these epic tales about some of our other favorite superheroes!
- The Spider Ring by Andrew Harwell; Ages 8 to 12
- Study Hall of Justice (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #1) by Derek Fridolfs; Ages 8 to 12
- Fort Solitude (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #2) by Derek Fridolfs; Ages 8 to 12
- Detention of Doom (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #3) by Derek Fridolfs; Ages 8 to 12
- Science Fair Crisis (DC Comics: Secret Hero Society #4) by Derek Fridolfs; Ages 8 to 12
- Superbat by Matt Carr; Ages 3 to 5
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1) by Dav Pilkey; Ages 7 to 10
- Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey; Ages 7 and Up
Lion King (in theaters July 19)
Looking to learn more about lions? Then read about these fierce felines!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (in theaters August 9)
Need a good spooky story to share around the campfire? Try these scary reads!
- Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories: An Acorn Book (Mister Shivers) by Max Brallier, illustrated by Letizia Rubegni; Ages 5 to 7
- Can You See What I See?: On a Scary Scary Night: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve by Walter Wick; Ages 4 to 8
- The Dummy Meets the Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #8) by R. L. Stine; Ages 8 to 12
- The Fear Zone by K. R. Alexander; Ages 8 to 12
Angry Birds 2 (in theaters August 16)
If you’re excited for this movie based on the addictive game, you’ll love this guidebook to another beloved kids’ game!
- Official Shark-Tastic Guide (Hungry Shark) by Arie Kaplan; Ages 6 to 8