Great Books to Read Over the Summer

Readers of all ages are encouraged to explore the night this summer as The Public Library for Union County presents “Dream Big–READ!” as its summer reading program.

The summer reading program is designed to encourage children to continue to read and learn throughout the summer so they do not lose the valuable skills they learn each year in school.

To help find great books that are suitable for your child’s reading level, we have put together grade-appropriate reading lists. All books on these lists are available throughout the Union County Library System. If a book is not available at your home library, simply place a request for it! You can have it delivered to any one of the three libraries in the system for pick-up!

First Grade Reading List 2012

Second Grade Reading List 2012

Third Grade Reading List 2012

Fourth Grade Reading List 2012

Fifth Grade Reading List 2012

Sixth Grade Reading List 2012

TumbleBooks Library (For ages 1 through elementary school) is an amazing collection of 300 animated talking picture books and 40 chapter books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. Tumblebooks Library also contains 160 games, puzzles and lots of other fun activities.   Watch the Tumblebooks Library Tour.

The Union County Library System subscribes to “World Book Online,” an Internet version of the encyclopedia that includes all of the content of the print edition plus thousands of additional articles, audio, video, and image files, interactive maps, virtual tours of museum exhibits, historical sites, and interesting places. Anyone with a valid Union County Library System card can use their card number to access World Book Online. The free service includes components for children of all ages, adults, and even for Spanish language speakers.   Login to World Book Online and start exploring the world with your child today!

Follow these links to learn helpful health and safety information:

  • Getting Kids to Take Medicine One of the most common health struggles between parents and kids is about taking medicine.  Visit this PBS Parents Page for expert and parent-tested tips for giving medicine to children of all ages from infants to teens.
  • Sweating Out a Fever – New advice on treating fevers from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Home Safety Council – The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year.  Visit the site for safety tips for all ages, including games to teach children safe habits.