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Looking for some wonderful books to keep kids excited about reading all summer long? The Association for Library Service to Children has created lists of some of the best new books for kids in four age groups. No matter what your child is interested in, they’ll find something here they’ll love.

See any list by clicking on the appropriate age group. Then, click on any title to request it from your local community library.


Birth through Preschool


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

By Jane Cabrera

Black sheep graciously offers bag after bag of wool to Miss, who handcrafts mittens, a tea cosy, and more for her friends, then produces a sweater for the shivering sheep when all the wool is gone.


Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!

By Todd Tarpley

Three reluctant robots fight off sleep while their young caretaker does his best to get them to calm down.


City Shapes

City Shapes

By Diana Murray

A young girl walks through the bustling city, while a pigeon flies above, both spotting hidden shapes at every turn.


Cockatoo, Too

Cockatoo, Too

By Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Two cockatoos meet two more cockatoos in tutus and two tutued toucans. And then two more! Can they all can-can? They can!


Cricket Song

Cricket Song

By Anne Hunter

As crickets sing in the breeze, hunting owls watch over the bay, and sea otters doze on the tide, two children on different continents go to bed.


Egg

Egg

By Kevin Henkes

Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.


I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste it, Too!)

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste it, Too!)

By Rachel Isadora

Children explore their five senses, learning what they can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste.


The Lending Zoo

The Lending Zoo

By Frank Asch

Overseeing a “zoo-brary” that lends out all types of animals, librarian Miss Perkins discovers that the tiger has gone missing, a disappearance that triggers a citywide search alongside a new friend.


Let's Play!

Let's Play!

By Hervé Tullet

An adventurous little yellow dot invites young children to come along on an imaginative ride filled with color, motion and shape while exploring myriad feelings.


Looking for Bongo

Looking for Bongo

By Eric Velasquez

When a boy’s abuela accuses him of being careless with his beloved Bongo, he devises a trap and catches the toy thief red-handed.


My Heart Fills with Happiness

My Heart Fills with Happiness

By Monique Gray Smith

A board book that celebrates happiness and invites children to reflect on the little things in life that bring them joy.


Old MacDonald Had a Truck

Old MacDonald Had a Truck

By Steve Goetz

An update of the classic folk song, Old MacDonald, featuring farm vehicles like excavator, dump truck, and bulldozer.


Puddle

Puddle

By Hyewon Yum

A mother and son use their imagination to have fun on a rainy day.


Puddles!!!

Puddles!!!

By Kevan Atteberry

While out for a walk with his friends, a monster becomes excited at the chance to jump in some puddles when it begins to rain.


Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers

By JonArno Lawson

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter.


Thank You and Good Night

Thank You and Good Night

By Patrick McDonnell

Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, tire themselves, and drift off to sleep, but not before sharing their gratitude.


Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book

By Britta Teckentrup

A majestic tree and its forest inhabitants invite young children to follow along through the seasons that are reflected by the tree’s leaves and fruit while its animal residents build nests, play in the sunshine, gather food and keep warm on cold nights.


Twenty Yawns

Twenty Yawns

By Jane Smiley

Going to bed early after spending a busy day at the beach with her family, Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night to find that her imagination leads her to see things differently in the dark.


The Whale in My Swimming Pool

The Whale in My Swimming Pool

By Joyce Wan

One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but when he discovers a whale in his pool, he tries everything he can think of to get it out, eventually coming up with the perfect solution to the problem.


The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk

By Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal

In this twist on the classic song “The Wheels on the Bus,” the wheels on the tuk tuk go round and round all over the city in India.


When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

By Julie Fogliano

A poetic celebration of the seasons blends describes such elements as flowers blooming, sheets of snow, and happy frogs dancing in the rain.



Kindergarten through 2nd Grade


Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

By Bob Shea

Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super high leaps.


Beastly Verse

Beastly Verse

By JooHee Yoon

Sixteen illustrated poems from authors such as Lewis Carroll, Hilaire Belloc, and Christina Rossetti transport the reader into a richly worded world of tigers, hummingbirds, owls, elephants, pelicans, yaks, snails, and even telephones.


The Cookie Fiasco

The Cookie Fiasco

By Dan Santat and Mo Willems

There are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This is not good. This is not equal!


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music

By Margarita Engle

Based on the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, this book follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums and that Cuba has never had a female drummer.


Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Square

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression.


Get a Hit, Mo!

Get a Hit, Mo!

By David A. Adler

Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?


Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug

Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug

By Evan Kuhlman

A very busy pill bug embarks on a daily routine of nibbling leaves, climbing sticks, avoiding skateboarders and playing with a human best friend in the backyard before returning home in the evening to his cozy rock.


Ice Cream Summer

Ice Cream Summer

By Peter Sís

A little boy writes a letter to his grandfather about all the reading and studying he is doing this summer—but all his activities revolve around ice cream.


Little Elliot, Big Fun

Little Elliot, Big Fun

By Mike Curato

Elliot the little elephant is terrified when his friend Mouse introduces him to the carnival, but Mouse helps him to have fun.


The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

By Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Discovering that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into the shape of a wise owl overnight, young William revels in a sequence of elaborate topiaries that are created throughout his town by a mysterious talented night gardener.


¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado/Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest

¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado/Olinguito, from A to Z!: Unveiling the Cloud Forest

By Lulu Delacre

This bilingual alphabet book introduces readers to a cloud forest in the Andes; the plants, animals, and other organisms found there; and the newly-identified olinguito, a South American mammal.


The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

By Pat Zietlow Miller

Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta’s family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers—but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph’s three Olympic gold medals.


Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants

By Lisa Mantchev

When the local Pet Club will not admit his tiny pet elephant, a little boy discovers a way to help everyone understand that pets, like friends, come in many shapes and sizes.


Surf's Up

Surf's Up

By Kwame Alexander

While his friend Bro reads his book, Dude takes him to the beach, but when they get there Dude wants to know how the story ends.


They All Saw a Cat

They All Saw a Cat

By Brendan Wenzel

An ordinary housecat is seen from the different perspectives of a child and various animals.


Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider

Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider

By Dosh Archer

A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout?


Waiting for High Tide

Waiting for High Tide

By Nikki McClure

While waiting with family members for high tide to come in, a youngster who is very knowledgeable about the seashore and what lives there helps to build a raft.


We Are Growing!

We Are Growing!

By Laurie Keller and Mo Willems

Observing how his fast-growing friends are becoming the tallest, curliest or silliest members of their grass patch while he appears to stay the same, spindly little grass blade Walt discovers his own special distinctiveness in the wake of a big surprise.


We Found a Hat

We Found a Hat

By Jon Klassen

Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but, with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.


What Do You Do with a Problem?

What Do You Do with a Problem?

By Kobi Yamada

A child experiences an unexpected problem, worrying and wrestling it through until he realizes it’s not really a problem after all—it’s an opportunity.


Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

By Kate DiCamillo

Baby Lincoln has had enough of her older sister, Eugenia, telling her what to do and sets out on her own on a journey of self-discovery.



3rd through 5th Grade


Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World

Ape and Armadillo Take Over the World

By James Sturm

Armadillo is trying to come up with a plan for global domination, but with every new idea, being a bad guy seems a little less fun—especially if ruling the world means losing your best friend.


The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, a testament to the power
of words and reading and a celebration of culture during some turbulent years.


A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

By Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder

Crusty dragon Miss Drake’s new pet human, precocious ten-year-old Winnie, not only thinks Miss Drake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her “sketchlings” of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents.


Fable Comics

Fable Comics

By Chris Duffy

A treasury of classic and lesser-known fables, retold in comics format, includes “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Grasshopper and the Ants,” and “The Frogs Who Desired a King.”


Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

By Ellen Oh

An anthology of short stories by such leading children’s authors as Tim Federle, Grace Lin and Walter Dean Myers explores diverse themes ranging from basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods.


Fort

Fort

By Cynthia DeFelice

When older boys tear apart the fort where they have been enjoying a wonderful summer, Wyatt and Augie team up with another bullied kid to exact revenge, with unexpected consequences.


Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

Freedom over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

By Ashley Bryan

A portrait of eleven slaves that uses original slave auction and plantation estate documents to contrast the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of the life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.


Full of Beans

Full of Beans

By Jennifer L. Holm

Ten-year-old Beans Curry is a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida. He engages in various schemes to earn money while “New Dealers” from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.


Garvey's Choice

Garvey's Choice

By Nikki Grimes

Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to pursue, insecure Garvey comforts himself with food and endures teasing by bullies before joining the school chorus, where his musical talents help him accept himself and bond with his father.


Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

By Robbie Robertson

Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his family by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear.


Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

By Roxane Orgill

An uplifting collection of poems captures the world of mid-20th-century Harlem while recounting the efforts of Esquire magazine graphic designer Art Kane, who despite limited resources attempted to photograph a group of famous jazz artists in front of a brownstone.


Juana and Lucas

Juana and Lucas

By Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.


The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth

By Max Brallier

After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.


Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

Lola Levine Is Not Mean!

By Monica Brown

Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess after accidentally hurting classmate Juan during a soccer game.


Makoons

Makoons

By Louise Erdrich

Living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866, twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee must learn to become buffalo hunters, but Makoons has a vision that foretells great challenges that his family may not be able to overcome.


Moo

Moo

By Sharon Creech

Twelve-year-old Reena has to adjust to a new environment when her family moves to rural Maine, and unexpectedly bonds with an ornery cow.


Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

By Ben Clanton

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures.


Nothing but Trouble

Nothing but Trouble

By Jacqueline Davies

Maggie, a budding scientist, and Lena, a mischief-loving artist, team up to pull epic pranks all over town.


Oona Finds an Egg

Oona Finds an Egg

By Adele Griffin

Oona brings a giant egg back to West Wog to care for it, but others in the cave want to claim her egg, particularly the nasty kid Bruce Brute, and when the baby stegosaurus hatches it will have to choose who it wants to live with.


Pax

Pax

By Sara Pennypacker

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.


Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

By Kate DiCamillo

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds while outmaneuvering a drama queen and a saboteur who become her unlikely friends and allies during a painful challenge.


Two Naomis

Two Naomis

By Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

When their parents start dating seriously, Naomi Marie and Naomi E. struggle with the changes and finding their place in the family.


Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

By Kelly Jones

Feeling like a fish out of water when her family moves from Los Angeles to a recently inherited chicken farm, 12-year-old Sophie encounters a telekinetic chicken and her equally unusual flockmates, who are endangered by a thieving farmer.


Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

By Bob Raczka

A collection of concrete poems whose shapes convey their meanings.



6th through 8th Grade


As Brave as You

As Brave as You

By Jason Reynolds

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.


Beetle Boy

Beetle Boy

By M.G. Leonard

When his father goes missing from his job at the Natural History Museum, Darkus Cuttle moves in with his eccentric uncle and cousins and discovers that the beetles infesting their home are an intelligent super-species in danger of extermination at the hands of a mad scientist.


Booked

Booked

By Kwame Alexander

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.


The Boys who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

The Boys who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

By Phillip M. Hoose

At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.


Dream on, Amber

Dream on, Amber

By Emma Shevah

Amber’s Japanese father left when she was little and her sister Bella was just a baby, so now she fills in the frustrating gap in her life with imagined conversations, and writes letters to Bella that seem to come from their father.


Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

By Gail Jarrow

In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year, and their efforts to trace the outbreak to its source.


Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness

By Hal Johnson

This reworking of American tall tales features stories of fearsome legendary creatures of the wooded wilds of early North America, including the snoligoster, the hodag, and the hoop snake, with glow-in-the-dark illustrations.


Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree

By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Hiding the truth about her inability to read from a highly motivated new teacher, Ally eventually discovers that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of and gains new confidence as she finds alternative ways to learn.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By Kelly Barnhill

Luna was raised in the forest by a witch, a swamp monster, and a dragon, but when a young man from the Protectorate is determined to kill the witch, Luna must use her magic to protect her family.


Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

By Megan Morrison

Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so. When Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.


Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees

By Lindsay Eagar

At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.


The Inquisitor's Tale, or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

By Adam Gidwitz

Crossing paths at an inn, three 13th-century travelers impart the wryly whimsical tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl, who must escape evil knights, sit alongside a king, and save their land from a flatulent dragon.


In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

By Joseph Marshall III

Teased for his fair coloring, Jimmy McClean travels with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior.


Listen, Slowly

Listen, Slowly

By Thanhhà Lai

Assisting her grandmother’s investigation of her grandfather’s fate during the Vietnam War, Mia struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family.


Lost in the Sun

Lost in the Sun

By Lisa Graff

As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.


Mark of the Thief

Mark of the Thief

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave boy Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War.


Masterminds

Masterminds

By Gordon Korman

A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.


Me and Miranda Mullaly

Me and Miranda Mullaly

By Jake Gerhardt

The fates of three eighth grade boys converge in biology class one day, as each falls desperately in love with the same girl.


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

By Steve Sheinkin

The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.


One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

By Nikki Grimes

Selections from the author’s poems combined with works of the Harlem Renaissance poets illustrate the experiences of African Americans facing discrimination and hardship in America.


Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man who Invented the Wild West

Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man who Invented the Wild West

By Candace Fleming

A lively, visually detailed look at not only the life of “Buffalo Bill” Cody but also the history of his traveling show, which shaped America’s view of the western frontier.


Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip through the Motown Sound

By Andrea Davis Pinkney

A narrative history of the Motown music label covers the historical context, personalities and ongoing legacy of the “sound of young America.”


Roller Girl

Roller Girl

By Victoria Jamieson

Astrid discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend Nicole are growing apart.


Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

By Pamela S. Turner

The true story of the legendary samurai who was raised in the household of the enemies who killed his father before being sent to live in a monastery where, against the odds, he learned and perfected his fighting skills.


Short

Short

By Holly Goldberg Sloan

A girl who is rather petite for her age is cast as a Munchkin in a regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz before she bonds with a director who admires her can-do attitude, an adult with dwarfism who does not let size define her and an artistic neighbor who encourages her resolve to stand out.



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