With Spring Break upon us (or quickly approaching, for some), that means an entire week of trying to find ways to entertain your children! Whether you’re planning a beach trip, road trip, or just hanging out at home, it’s the perfect time to get a book in your kid’s hands. Here are my top 3 recommendations!

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio


This middle grade book is about a boy named Augustus, who was born with a facial deformity, and his and his communities search for acceptance. 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


As an author who writes about a boy and his crocodile friend, I have to recommend the 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?” It’s a charming middle grade book about friendship, what’s not to love?


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. Yes, please! This is another great story about finding acceptance and perseverance, but filled with excellent humor! This is a great, feel-good read—perfect for a relaxing day at the beach!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you think, or leave your recommendations for me in the comments!