Looking For Some Great Books to Read?
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.
Finding 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)
Hippos 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.
Last 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)
Lenny & 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.
Leo: 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.
A 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)
Piper 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.
. 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.
Roger 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.
. 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.
. 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)
The 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)
The 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
Brown 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.
Half 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.
The 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.
A 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
. 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)
Unusual 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
All 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.
is just a great resource for families interested in books and reading for their children. They have some great lists organized by age levels.