Welcome to our first summer reading media list! OPL children's librarians have selected some titles (available both online and, once our branches reopen, in person) for you to read with us during this first week of summer. Looking for something to read or watch on your own or as a family to get your summer started off? Let us know if you want more recommendations—you can submit a request through Book Me!, or email us with other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you'd prefer, you can leave a voice mail with your full name and details at 510-238-3134. And for even more ebooks, eaudiobooks, and more, you can browse Overdrive, Hoopla, Tumblebook, RB Digital, and all of our other online resources!
Kitten's Summer, by Eugenie Fernandes: Animals in the wild and on the farm scramble to avoid the rain. Will the kitten make it home before it is soaked? Read it on Hoopla, read it on Overdrive, or check it out at your library when you can.
Mama, Is It Summer Yet?, by Nikki McClure: As spring slowly turns to summer, a little boy builds a fort and plants a garden in impatient anticipation. Read it on Hoopla, or check it out at your library when you can.
Perfect Season for Dreaming / Un tiempo perfecto para soñar, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, illustrated by Esau Andrade Valencia: Ninety-two-year-old Octavio Rivera has been visited by some very interesting dreams—dreams about piñatas that spill their treasures before him, revealing kissing turtles, winged pigs, and hitchhiking armadillos! Octavio doesn't tell anyone about his dreams except his young granddaughter Regina, because she alone understands beautiful and fantastic dreams... Read it on Hoopla, or check it out at your library when you can.
Taking a Walk: Summer at the Seashore, by Sue Tarsky, illustrated by Claire London: Join the fun of finding and counting all the animals, flowers, and insects, as more and more appear on a walk along the seashore during the summertime. Read it on Hoopla, or check it out at your library when you can.
The Forget-Me-Not Summer, by Leila Howland: When their parents, a screenwriter and a film editor, go off on summer projects, Marigold, twelve, Zinnia, eleven, and Lily, five, must visit their Great Aunt Sunny in Cape Cod, where they learn much about themselves and each other and grow closer than ever. Read it on Hoopla, or check it out at your library when you can.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath: Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends. A great family readaloud! Read it on Overdrive, or check it out at your library when you can.
Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass: Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find. Read it on RB Digital, listen to the audiobook on RB Digital, or check it out at your library when you can.
The Summer We Saved the Bees, by Robin Stevenson: Wolf's mother is obsessed with saving the world's honeybees, but Wolf and his siblings all have their own reasons to not want to take her Save the Bees show on the road in their beat-up van. Wolf doesn't want to miss weeks of class, his teenage stepsister doesn't want to leave her boyfriend, and one of his little half sisters has stopped talking altogether. But it isn't until the kids take some drastic action of their own that their mother finally realizes something big is going on with her family. Read it on Hoopla.
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams Garcia: In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Read it on Hoopla, listen to the audiobook on RB Digital, or check it out at your library when you can.
All Summer Long, by Hope Larson: Thirteen-year-old Bina faces her first summer without her best friend, Austin, who has left for soccer camp. Read it on Overdrive, or check it out at your library when you can.
All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, film by Weston Woods: Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky. Watch the animated video on Kanopy, or check it out at your library when you can.