Your Summer Reading Guide to Great Children’s Books

Reading is a great activity that will get kids away from the screens and stretch their imaginations. They can meet new characters, explore new cities and worlds, and learn something new. It’s all possible in a book!

Keep the kids reading all summer long with a variety of books by talented Canadian authors and illustrators. Pick up a copy of the Telling Tales Reading List. It includes books for kids of all ages – board books for babies and early readers, picture books for developing readers, middle-grade novels for emerging readers, novels for tweens, and young adult fiction for teens and adults to enjoy.

Visit to find a book by author, age or theme. Then check out books from the library or your local bookstore.

Enjoy these titles by authors that live right here in Hamilton and Burlington:


My Teacher’s Not Hereby Lana Button

As soon as she arrives at school, Kitty knows there’s trouble. “Smiling Miss Seabrooke should be here to meet me. But my teacher is missing and NOT here to greet me.” With no Miss Seabrooke, everyone should be sent home, right? But no! Kitty’s worries build as she wonders how she will get through the day without her teacher. What will she do when her Thermos gets stuck or her jacket won’t zip? Miss Seabrooke is the only one who can fix these things. Or is she?


Captain Monty Takes the Plunge by Jennifer Mook-Sang

Monty the Malodorous is a daring pirate. He is brave. He is bold. He is feared by all who sail the six or seven seas. But Monty has a secret: he can’t swim. He never goes into the ocean — and he never takes a bath. “Real pirates don’t bathe. Yar-har-har!” he says. But things change when he meets a mermaid named Meg. “Monty’s heart went ka-thunk. He tumbled head over boot heels in love.” And, one day, when Meg’s life is put into peril, Monty realizes he’s the only one who can jump into the ocean to save her. Monty is faced with a terrible dilemma: is his love strong enough to overcome his fear?


Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumbers by Steve Newberry

Four friends are excited to play together, but each one has a different idea of what they should do. Period (the serious one) believes they should go to the library. Question Mark (the confused one) wonders whether they can chase butterflies… or was it whether butter flies? Comma (the hungry one) just runs on and on about food. Exclamation Point (the crazy one) wants to go on lots of extreme adventures! That are dangerous! And exciting! With everyone only thinking about themselves, their friendship almost comes to a full stop, until a strange and unexpected newcomer shows them how much more fun life can be when everyone works together.

Summer is a great time to read books by Telling Tales authors and illustrators. Read their books and then meet them in person at a local community event, and at the Telling Tales Festival on September 16, 2018.

Did you know you can also win prizes for reading books? Sign up for the Summer Reading Club at the Hamilton Public Library – they have great prizes and activities to keep the kids busy this summer.

Feeling inspired? If you find a book that makes you want to write or draw, send us your creative work and we’ll publish it on our website as part of the Telling Tales Press Club

Have a great summer!


This article was first published in the Sherman Hub News, July/August 2018 issue