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Checkout our lists below to find some of the newest and best books available. I have read them all. They are worth checking out at your Public Library.

Picture Books

Product DetailsFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
. By Lindsay Mattick. This heartening tale is an incredible account of the friendship and love shared between a soldier and the real bear that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. (Caldecott Medal Book)


Product DetailsHippos Are Huge! By Jonathan London. Illus. by Matthew Trueman.
The hippo, with its monstrous jaw and razor-sharp tusks, is the most dangerous animal in Africa. Filled with fascinating facts about the fierce, but sometimes playful, hippopotamus.

Product DetailsLast Stop on Market Street. By Matt de la Peña. Illus. by Christian Robinson.
CJ’s journey with his Nana is not just a simple bus ride; it is a multi-sensory experience through which he discovers that beautiful music, nature, and people surround him. (Newbery Medal Book & Caldecott Honor Book)
Product DetailsLenny & Lucy. By Philip C. Stead. Illus. by Erin E. Stead.
Homemade guardians Lenny and Lucy protect Peter and his dog from the dark, scary woods and help him find fun and friendship at his new home. Pops of color bring life to the charcoal illustrations. 
Product DetailsLeo: A Ghost Story. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Christian Robinson.
‪Leo, a child ghost, leaves his home when its new occupants fear him.  He soon meets Jane and discovers the wonder and joy of a true friend. Cut-paper collages capture Leo’s emotional journey.‬

Product DetailsA Pig, a Fox, and a Box. By Jonathan Fenske. Illus. by the author.
In three humorous stories, not-so-clever Fox comes out the worst for wear when he uses a box to play tricks on his friend Pig. (Geisel Honor Book)
Product DetailsPiper Green and the Fairy Tree. By Ellen Potter. Illus. by Qin Leng.
Piper Green’s life is rich with family, friends, kittens, and magic. She meets her challenges head on and shows her spirit in everything she does.

Product DetailsRed. By Jan De Kinder. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Laura Watkinson.
A girl and her friends laugh when a classmate blushes on the playground. When one student takes the teasing too far, the girl must make a critical decision.
Product DetailsRoger Is Reading a Book. By Koen Van Biesen.
Cinematic art and text illuminate exuberant Emily, whose loud hobbies interrupt Roger as he tries to peacefully read his book.

Product DetailsThe Skunk. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Patrick McDonnell.
What is a man to do when a skunk appears on his doorstep? Readers follow the man and skunk on a quirky, humorous adventure.
Product DetailsWaiting. By Kevin Henkes. Illus. by the author.
In this gentle story of five animal figurines waiting together by the window, readers and characters meet new friends, observe the unhurried passage of the seasons, and anticipate what may come next.  (Caldecott & Geisel Honor Book)

Product DetailsThe Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. By Dan Santat.
In four delightful chapters, Beekle, an imaginary friend, undergoes an emotional journey looking for his human. Vibrant illustrations add to the fun. (2015 Caldecott Medal Book)

Product DetailsThe Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure. By Doreen Cronin. Illus. by Kevin Cornell.
Tail, a scaredy-squirrel, seeks refuge and help from the Chicken Squad, four problem-solving chicks. This illustrated chapter book brings each chicken's zany personality to life.

Books for Middle Grade Readers

Product DetailsBrown Girl Dreaming. By Jacqueline Woodson. 
Woodson’s lyrical memoir chronicles her life as an African-American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Elegant and evocative stand-alone poems weave a story of her development from a struggling reader and dreamer into a confident young woman and writer. (2015 Newbery Honor Book & Sibert Honor Book) This is a very good book for older elementary readers.

Product DetailsHalf a Chance. By Cynthia Lord.
A young girl struggles to determine her place when her family moves to a new community. An authentic story of friendship, loss, and self-identity told through the lens of her interest in photography.

Product DetailsThe Luck Uglies. By Paul Durham. Illus. by Pétur Antonsson.
When wicked Bog Noblins threaten her village, Rye turns to a mysterious stranger and the notorious Luck Uglies for help, ending up more involved than she imagined. A fast-paced fantasy.

Product DetailsA Snicker of Magic. By Natalie Lloyd.
Felicity Pickle, a word collector and poet, hopes Midnight Gulch, Tennessee proves to be a permanent home for her wandering family. She uses her words to restore the town's magic in an endearing story of community. If you like this one try her new book, The Key To Extraordinary!

Product DetailsThe Crossover. By Kwame Alexander.
Twelve-year-old narrator Josh uses the rhythms of a poetry jam to emulate the "moving & grooving/popping and rocking" of life on the basketball court. This novel in verse paints an authentic portrait of a closely-knit family on the brink of crisis. (2015 Newbery Medal Book)

Product DetailsUnusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. By Kelly Jones. Illus. by Katie Kath.Told primarily in letters, a series of humorous events kicks off when Sophie discovers chickens with astonishing abilities after her family inherits her great uncle’s farm. This is a fun and quirky book.
Product DetailsThe War That Saved My Life. By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Bradley’s powerful plot, remarkably drawn characters, and sparse language are outstanding components of this novel about courage, community, and conviction. (Newbery Honor Book) You will love this book.

Product DetailsPax. ​
By Sarah Pennypacker. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. This book is a satisfying page-turner from the very beginning.

Product DetailsCrenshaw. By Katherine Applegate.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. This is a very memorable book.

Product DetailsAll Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. By Leslie Connor. Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. I really loved this book.

Just in case you are looking for some different titles than the ones listed above you can check out these links for more lists.

Imagination Soup. This former elementary teacher loves books. Her blog is filled with lists of books designated by grade level and reading interests. Check it out.

Read Aloud America. Click on this link to find book lists designated by year and/or grade level. Click Here for the 2016 list.

The Charleston County Public Library has some Summer Reading book lists available at their website. 

Reading Rockets is just a great resource for families interested in books and reading for their children. They have some great lists organized by age levels.