With kids and other little minions at home for the summer, it can be hard not to fill their days with them staring for hours at the television and/or computer.
To help peel their little eyeballs away from the screen, here is a list of some fun summer reads the kids will love, and maybe some you just might enjoy yourself.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy # 2: Return of the Padawan
Jeffrey Brown‘s long awaited sequel follows young Padawan learners from around the galaxy as they navigate the most wretched hive of scum and villainy: Middle School. Our hero, Roan Novachez, will have to face a second year of school that is anything but what he expected it to be. Will he survive alien poetry class, an online bully, and worst of all, an angry friend? Brown uses the fantasy world of Star Wars to touch on some very real things kids face every day, helping readers feel less alone while they laugh at the wonderful doodles and journal entries of a Jedi Padawan learner. A wonderful book for kids who aren’t quite ready for a hardcore novel, and a fun read for grown ups wanting to relive those awkward days of early adolescence. Plus, Lightsaber battles! Available for purchase July 29th.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
If you have read any of Rick Riordan’s other work, you will know he enjoys a bit of a tongue-in-cheek take to the heroic classics of antiquity. His newest book, a handbook of sorts for mortals and half bloods alike, is no exception. Told from the perspective of our demigod hero, the son of Poseidon himself, Percy Jackson, this book is a fun and exciting way to introduce younger readers to the myths and legends of the Greek gods. Jackson/Riordan give you the run down of the gods’ stories with a bit of a sarcastic flair. Complete with full color illustrations by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this book is both educational and entertaining. It is a perfect companion piece to the Percy Jackson saga, as well as a stand alone for those interested in some fun takes on stories of Greek mythology. Look for this one this August.
My Little Pony: The Journal of the Two Sisters – The Official Chronicles of Celestia and Luna
Inspired by the hit television show My Little Pony:Friendship is Magic, this book chronicles the adventures of two sisters. For those not familiar with the show, the princesses have a sorted history in which they drifted apart, became enemies, fought epically and were reunited by the magic of friendship. The book contains journal entries from the two rulers, as well as some by the Mane 6: Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Apple Jack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. Written with the same wit that has made the show such a fan favorite, the story is suited for little girls and Bronies (adult fans of the show) alike. If you’re looking for something a little more hardcore, IDW puts out some pretty amazing Pony comics as well. Look for this one June 10th.
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000
The ultimate in potty humor, Dav Pilkey’s hero Captain Underpants is back. Though he may have thought he flushed the problem in The Attack of the Talking Toilets, the bowls are back and badder than ever. The brain child of two young cartoonists/best friends George and Harold, the character of Captain Underpants came off the page and became real when their principal Mr. Krupp is hypnotized by the boys in the first book. The series consists of ten books and won the Kid’s Choice Award in 2007. Full of toilet humor and silliness, George and Harold are just as much heroes as they are to blame for the misadventures of Captain Underpants, and it is so fun to read how they get out of mess after mess. Great for readers looking for something more funny than serious, complete with some pretty hilarious doodles. Another gem form Scholastic, the books hits stores August 26.
The Grave Yard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1
P. Craig Russell’s graphic novelization of Neil Gaiman’s award winning novel The Graveyard Book follows the life of Nobody Owens, a would-be murder victim who finds himself at the age of 18 months being adopted by the ghosts that populate a nearby graveyard. The graphic novel will cover chapter one through the interlude, and will include art from Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott, each lending their own unique style to the tale. While the story sounds rather dark, the adventures of Bod, as he is called by his friends, touches on some rather lighthearted ideas and shows that love, no matter its source, can get us through even the most terrible of situations. Gaiman’s voice is that of a man who doesn’t underestimate the intelligence of children, and the book is enjoyable for both young readers and adults. Look for Volume One July 29.
Minecraft: Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book
The ultimate resource for the 8-bit gamer, this book covers everything you need to know to survive everything from creepers to enemy players. While the game can be played as a basic building game, older players tend to enjoy the PVP and PVE modes, in which you must even remember to eat. The book includes tips from Minecraft experts, developer Jeb and game creator Notch himself. The guide helps you learn to do everything from build a fort to battle your way out of the Nether. Perfect for those new to the game, or as a fun supplement to what players may have already learned, the handbook hits stores August 26.
If you or your little reader get through this list before summer’s end, check out GoodReads for more wonderful suggestions, and check out Geek’s grown-up summer reading list too. Happy reading!
Images: Scholastic, Disney-Hyperion, DC Comics
Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Harper Collins