Summer Reading Recommendations from the Clinic

Are we there yet? It’s officially summer vacation for many of our families, and others are just days away. Did you sigh hugely with relief to have made it through the busy days of field trips, end-of-school parties, promotions/graduations, etc.? What does summer vacation look like in your family? Vacations, summer camps, sleeping in, picking local berries/fruits, and family adventures featuring places both near and far? Summer can also bring to mind the dreaded summer slide, so we’re again turning our attention to summer reading this year. Read on for our favorite books, and keep your ears open around the clinic for conversations about what you’re reading, recommending, and packing in your beach bag. We’re also making cute little book buddy bookmarks as our summer craft, so you’ll never lose your place in your book!


My speech buddies have spoken and our favorite books are Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne, The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl, and for an older reader, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Parents should pre-read this one for content and language).


I love any books without words. There are a ton of them: Anything by David WiesnerTuesday being one of my faves. Also Chalk by Bill Thomson. In fact, I think we could write a whole thing on books without words and how to use them. Note: We’ll have Jenny do that one of these days 🙂

Kim T.

I’m currently reading Need to Know by Karen Cleveland. I am a rather slow reader so I love finding a compelling novel that grabs my attention. Need to Know is my first spy novel and the combination of intrigue, family, trust, work, and loyalty have me hooked! I’d also recommend The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (for teens).
For therapy, I am loving Help!: A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller. This is a great picture book that lends itself well to working on S blends (stuck, snake, scared, spiky), themes of friendship, and story re-tell. It all starts when a mouse who is scared of snakes falls into a hole. And the snake is the only one who can help.


The Candymakers by Wendy Mass!!! My 11- and 13-year-old nieces highly recommend the Amulet series and the Wings of Fire series for middle readers, as well as the LumberJane graphic novels.

I am currently reading The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey, which is a great summer read — a mystery set in 1920s Bombay with the city’s first female lawyer as the main character. Really fun and super interesting. And I recently read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and can’t recommend it enough — very quirky, funny, and heartbreaking all at one time.
Fat Cat by Jack Kent, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Chalk and The Typewriter by Bill Thomson, and all of the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are high on my list of therapy books right now.


Books I am looking forward to: Something light and funny, like Calypso by David Sedaris. Preferably read on a beach somewhere.
Books my daughter enjoys right now (she is 18 months old), and wants to read over and over:
Books I enjoy using in therapy:


I love to read and am always reading! Books are my escape. I’m looking forward to Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan for my beach read. Some summer faves are Moriarty and Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Old Filth by Jane Gardam, The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. I recently read Dear Martin by Nic Stone, one my 13 year old recommended (great for teens). I’ve also rediscovered A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket and The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. I’m in wholehearted agreement with Kathleen and Alice on Ready Player One, Eleanor Oliphant and Candymakers 🙂

And if these recommendations aren’t enough, here’s a list of kid books we love in therapy from a few summers ago.

Time to get reading folks!

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