Summer Reading Suggestions: Hardships, Science Fiction, Nature & Animals

If you have children participating in the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program and need reading suggestions, look no further. We will have reading suggestions during the summer to help narrow down selections for your children. This list is made for children between the ages of 8 and 11 and for younger children.

Children’s Pack – Animals

  1. Gorilla LT008647
  2. The Fire Cat DB044921
  3. Ookpik the Arctic Owl BRX00178
  4. Happiness is a Warm Puppy BRX00226
  5. Millions of Cats BRX00640
  6. Beavers Beware! LT022809
  7. The Curse of Catunkhamun DBC02492
  8. Elephant Families DB042955
  9. Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue DBC05093
  10. Why Can’t I Fly? LT036269

Nature for Ages 8 to 11

  1. The Deep-Sea Floor BR017182
  2. San Francisco Earthquake LT015418
  3. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill LT015419
  4. Mount Saint Helen’s Eruption LT015416
  5. Parks for the People: A Story about Frederick Law Olmsted DB046952
  6. Rainy Days: Stories and Poems DB028430
  7. The Underwater World of the Coral Reef DB012225
  8. Mud Matters DB047776
  9. How Did Life Get Here? DB008852
  10. Watch Out, it’s Poison Ivy! DB009841
The words Kids Summer Reading appears in green yellow and red letters respectively. There is a personified book presenting the title on the beach with a beach ball behind him.

Summer Reading has begun!!!

If you are participating in the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program here are some reading suggestions to consider. The lists are split for children aged 10 to 13 and 14 to 21.

Science FictionA girl is relaxing in a grassy field enjoying a book.

Ages 12 – 15

  1. 7th Sigma DB076412
  2. Revived DBC01397
  3. Ghost of the Jedi LT022804
  4. Ashen Winter DB076173
  5. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment LT029790
  6. George’s Secret Key to the Universe LT032457
  7. The Testing BR020506

Ages 16 – 21

  1. Interstellar Pig DB022792
  2. Dead Zone DB080732
  3. The Birthmarked Trilogy DB077240
  4. All These Things I’ve Done DBC05454
  5. Invitation to the Game LT029924
  6. Leviathan DB070906
  7. This Place has no Atmosphere LT013472

If you are participating in the 2017 Adults Summer Reading Program and you don’t know what to read next, here are some reading suggestions. The list is broken in to Downloadable books, Large Print books, and Braille books.

Overcoming Hardships


  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn DB010426
  2. Half Broke Horses DB069651
  3. Life of Pi DB054950
  4. Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison DB077538
  5. Steve Jobs DB073682
  6. This Boy’s Life DB030165
  7. Man’s Search for Meaning DB066557

Large Print

  1. Half Broke Horses LT033724
  2. Unsung Heroines: The Women Who Won the War LT017181
  3. The will to live: the story of Dame Margot Turner LT009610
  4. Who am I, God? LT003229
  5. The Painted Bird LT024625
  6. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius LT024546
  7. The Goldfinch LT037106


  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings BRX00853
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl BR000927
  3. Long Walk to Freedom BR009951
  4. The Last Lecture BR017828
  5. All the King’s Men BR013840
  6. East of Eden BR012565
  7. Brave New World BR001601

All of these reading suggestions are available for download on our website here.

The theme "Build a Better World" in multiple colors

It’s that time of year again. If you are a patron of NCLBPH and you haven’t registered for the 2017 Kids Summer Reading Program, you may register in the link provided below. Be sure to register before the closing date! Time to Build a Better World!!!


About nclbph

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
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