Can you believe we’re already in spring break season? For kids this means a week off of school, but for us parents, spring break is really more of a week of trying to find ways to entertain our children. Whether you’re able to get out of your house and take a trip, or you’re spending the week relaxing at home, books are the perfect distraction for your kids. Especially when they’re as good as these ones!

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio


This middle grade book is about a boy named Augustus who was born with a facial deformity. The official synopsis says:

“August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.” This is a thrilling, beautiful book that teaches a valuable lesson; highly recommended!

Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate


If you’re a fan of my series about a boy and his crocodile friend, you’ll love this book about a boy and his cat friend, Crenshaw! The official synopsis reads:

“Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?”

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights, by Brooks Benjamin


A boy who wants to be a dancer, vs. a father who wants his son to play football. This is another great story about finding acceptance and perseverance, and it’s pretty hilarious too! This is a great, feel-good read—perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

What books are you picking up this spring? Let me know in the comments below!