Dog Man book cover

CASA GRANDE — It’s summer, school is out and some kids are looking for good books to read.

Between its digital library and traditional books, the Casa Grande Public Library has thousands of titles to keep people reading.

This year, graphic novels and the “Dog Man” series by “Captain Underpants” creator Dav Pilkey are expected to be among the top picks for area kids to read while they idle away the summertime hours, said Casa Grande Public Library Youth Librarian Julie Martinez.

Each year, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, puts out a summer reading list of books it suggests young people read.

Some of the ALSC suggestions are listed below. The full list is online at

Kindergarten through second grade

  • “All Are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold
  • “Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings” by Francie Latour
  • “Camp Tiger” by Susan Choi
  • “Just in Case You Want to Fly” by Julie Fogliano
  • “Mia Mayhem is a Superhero” by Kara West
  • “My Papi Has a Motorcycle” by Isabel Quintero

Grades 3 to 5

  • “Aquicorn Cove” by Katie O’Neil
  • “Granted” by John David Anderson
  • “The Lost Girl” by Anne Ursu
  • “Rocket to the Moon! Big Ideas that Changed the World” by Don Brown
  • “Ruby in the Sky” by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
  • “The Simple Art of Flying” by Cory Leonardo
  • “To Night Owl from Dogfish” by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

Grades 6 to 8

  • “Be Prepared” by Vera Brosgoi
  • “Each Tiny Spark” by Pablo Cartaya
  • “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks” by Jason Reynolds
  • “Pay Attention Carter Jones” by Cary D. Schmidt
  • “The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise” by Dan Gemeinhart
  • “Song for a Whale” by Lynne Kelly

Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at