Thanks to our friends at American Girl for providing us with Summer reading material and the Award Winning Doll Z Yang. All opinions expressed here are my own.
American Girl Inspired Summer Reading List for Girls
Welcome to Summer! I hope your Summer has been great so far and filled with fun in the sun! My family has been taking it easy, and doing a lot of impromptu enjoyable activities. During the summer we relax on our schoolwork, but as unschoolers learning never stops and can be found in everything; and of course anything you want to know can be found in a book. My girl BabyCake LOVES to read! She goes to sleep reading a book, and wakes up reading. Her favorite books are really anything that is American Girl, so this Summer I created this list for her, and hopefully you all can grab some of these books for your daughters.
American Girl Summer Reading List
- Luciana by Erin Teagan – Luciana is over the moon—she’s going to Space Camp! But when she’s picked to lead her team in a robot challenge, instead of rocketing her crew to success she steers them straight into trouble. After that, her teammates don’t trust her. In fact, Luci’s pretty sure they don’t even like her. It’s great to be good at science—but Luci learns that it’s not enough. If she’s ever going to make it to Mars, she’s got to be someone her crew can depend on, no matter what.
- Luciana: Braving the Deep by Erin Teagan – In her second novel, Luciana is off to youth astronaut training camp! She hopes to be chosen to dive to an underwater habitat where real astronauts train for life in space. But when Luci accuses her diving partner of sabotage, no one believes her and her chances of making the diving team sink fast. Things hit rock bottom when Luci has an underwater crisis. Suddenly, making the dive team isn’t her biggest worry. She’ll have to conquer her fears if she ever wants to make it to Mars. If she can’t, will she have to kiss her dreams of becoming an astronaut good-bye?
- Luciana: Out of this World by Erin Teagan – In her third story, Luciana and her family are headed to Chile for winter break. Luci can’t wait to see her cousins – but the reunion doesn’t go as planned, and Luci feels like an outsider in her own family. Just then she receives a surprise invite from Claire Jacobs, her frenemy from astronaut training camp, to join her at the Mars habitat in the desert and watch NASA scientists at work. It’s an offer too good to refuse, so Luci decides to leave her cousins and give her friendship with Claire a second chance. But what if Luci has made the wrong decision? What if she still can’t trust Claire? When disaster strikes in the desert, Luci finds out the truth.
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4. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Sports & Fitness by Therese Kauchak Maring – Whether she likes a team sport or a solo activity—whatever she plays, whatever her reason or her level, this book is for her. She’ll find exercises to make her stronger and last longer, confidence-building tips and brainpower drills, team- and spirit-building activities, and tons of ideas from other girls!
5. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Knowing What to Say by Patti Kelley Criswell – Help girls find the right words to fit more than 200 situations! With the advice in this latest addition to the Smart Girl’s Guide series, girls will learn smart words to choose when stressed, shy, sad, or facing other awkward moments. Girls will find real-world ways to ask a teacher for help, stand up to a bully, or express sympathy for the loss of a loved one. Plus, the tools, tips, and techniques (plus actual words!) will help girls untangle their tongues and speak out with confidence and grace.
6. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Liking Herself by Laurie Zelinger – Has a bad day got her down? In this advice-packed book, girls will learn how high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while low self-esteem can make a bad day even worse. She’ll learn tips for trusting herself, ideas for boosting her self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel her best in all kinds of situations. She is perfect just as she is, and this book will help her believe that to be true!
7. The Legend of the Shark Goddess: A Nanea Mystery by Erin Falligant – The is the AG Book Club July Pick! Ever since the war started, Nanea’s done her best to follow all the new rules. When she meets a boy named Mano in her grandparents’ market, Nanea is shocked to hear him admit to breaking some rules. And when things start to go missing from the market, Mano is the first person Nanea suspects. Nanea’s determined to protect her grandparents, but Mano—whose name means “shark“—seems to be hanging around the market more and more. What can Nanea do to keep her family safe from this dangerous boy?
8. Menace at Mammoth Cave: A Kit Mystery by Mary Casanova – Kit is in Kentucky to visit her brother, Charlie, and her Aunt Millie. She’s looking forward to riding horses and touring Mammoth Cave. But trouble has come to the quiet Kentucky hill country, and with locals blaming the CCC workers, Kit fears that Charlie’s life is in danger. Then Kit discovers that the culprit may be someone she knows. Soon, Kit isn’t sure who she can trust. But one thing is certain: she’s got to find the culprit—before things get worse.
9. The Showstopper: A Rebecca Mystery by Mary Casanova – Rebecca and Ana take jobs at a Broadway theater, where Rebecca hopes to use her acting skills. She’s thrilled to meet Ollie, a beautiful actress working at the theater across the street. But when a series of mysterious accidents befall the young starlet, Rebecca begins to wonder whether someone is trying to keep Ollie off the stage. Can Rebecca find the culprit before Ollie breaks a leg—or worse?
There are so many fun titles for girls to read this Summer! You can find more plus join the American Girl Summer Reading Challenge HERE!
Also this Summer, Z Yang has joined our American Girl collection! My daughter loves stop motion videos, and Z develops her own stop motion videos and movies! She’s inspired us to create some exciting videos, so stay tuned! Follow my Instagram as Z will be joining us on some summer unschooling exploration.
Hopefully these titles can give you a good idea of where to get started for your daughter. For more American Girl titles and products visit AmericanGirl.com!