With many girls already in their last few weeks of school, it’s the perfect time to pile up some summer reading books for girls! Stake out your favorite spot under a shady tree, in the hammock, or on a lawn chair and dig into these great summer reads!

When Life Gives You Mangos

Clara has holes in her memory that began after last summer’s hurricane. Some of the memories comes back in drips, and some of it her mother has filled in. But this summer will be better, even if Clara’s best friend is acting different lately. A new girl has come to Clara’s Jamaican island, and she’s about to give Clara a summer she’ll never forget.

The Devouring Wolf

This is it — the summer that Riley will finally transform into a wolf. But when the first full moon of summer comes and goes and Riley doesn’t shift, not even her pack’s leaders can explain it. Along with four other kids who also failed to transform, Riley begins exploring the possibility of the Devouring Wolf, who consumes magic inside young werewolves. Is it possible the Wolf is more than a scary campfire legend?

A Comb of Wishes

Ever since her mother’s death, Kela feels as broken as the shards of glass littering the Caribbean beach. But one day, she finds something else on the shore — a comb belonging to an ancient mermaid. The mermaid will grant Kela one wish in return for her comb. Of course Kela wishes her mother back to life, but a wish that big comes with a price she doesn’t expect.

Rethink the Internet: How to Make the Digital World a Lot Less Sucky

If you spend more time online when you’re out of school, read this book before logging onto your favorite website or social media account. Entrepreneur and inventor Trisha Prabhu, who was bullied online as a teen, has made it her mission to stop internet hate. You can join her by learning how to be a kind, upstanding digital citizen.

This Book Will (Help) Cool the Climate

Did you know that summers are getting longer because of climate change? By the end of the century, they might even last half the year. If you want to use your summer — and beyond — to help slow climate change, this book is a great place to start. It includes 50 ideas for cutting your carbon footprint, changing your habits, and more to help the earth.

More Summer Reading Books for Girls

Katie’s best friend has been acting strange since summer camp, and now Katie can’t stop worrying — or control the behaviors, like tapping a certain number of times, that help her worry a little less in Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee.

In Happily for Now by Kelly Jones, Fiona thinks spending the summer at her aunt’s house will be the perfect time to work toward becoming a fairy godperson — but fixing people’s problems in the real world isn’t as easy as in stories.

Bo and her mom have always had their own rhythm — until the summer they move in with Mom’s boyfriend, his daughter, the twins and their parents, and a host of animals in Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich.

Viv just wants to spend the last summer before high school on the beach with her friends — until an entire alien race escapes Area 51 in Alien Summer by James Murray and Carsen Smith.

In Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage, Ada Ru thinks she’ll hate spending the summer in Scotland for her dad’s new job. But then she makes friends with a tour boat captain, and the two embark on an epic quest to find the fabled sea monster.

What about you? What do you plan to read this summer? Do you have your own recommendations for summer reading books for girls? Leave a comment below!

Lacey Louwagie is an adult writer and editor who got her first editing job with New Moon Girls in 2002. She is currently a freelance writer and editor and stay-at-home parent of 2 little boys. She has been a teen services librarian and coordinates book-related goodies for New Moon Girls. She is the author...

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  1. Hi, Mika! Thanks so much for your comment. I try to always feature books that embody feminist values, such as care for the earth, respect for diversity, and portrayals of girls and women as strong and true to themselves. So even though a description of a book might not specifically mention feminist, I choose books to recommend from a feminist perspective. I will definitely take your request for books that are more directly about feminism or feminists into account. Happy reading!

  2. I think all of these books are cool. I am wondering if you can talk about feminist books in the future?