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Summer Reading’s Greatest Hits

Summer Reading’s Greatest Hits

Now that the summer break is an extra two weeks longer, how are you going to keep those reading levels up? You feel like you’ve checked out every book in the Library twice and you need some inspiration. Well, never fear: your helpful Librarian is here! I bring you…


These new titles are fun, exciting, and thrilling enough to chase away the “Mom, I’m Bored!” complaints. And best of all….they are free at your local library!

Picture Books

The Baby That Roared by Simon Puttock (ages 3-5)
When Mr. and Mrs. Deer find a little antlered bundle on the doorstep, Mrs. Deer thinks their wish for a baby has come true; Mr. Deer thinks that the baby is very, very peculiar. It won’t stop roaring! (July 10)

Brownie and Pearl Make Good by Cynthia Rylant (ages 3-5)
Brownie & Pearl make a mistake—and then make it all better. (August 14)

The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf (ages 3-5)
The wonder of nighttime comes to life in this breathtaking debut. (August 16)

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer (ages 3-7)
In this picture book starring the world’s most imaginative pig, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity with very lofty goals—and being a princess is NOT one of them! (August 28)

Chapter Books

Babymouse for President (Babymouse Series #16) by Jennifer L. Holm, Matt Holm (ages 7-10)
A Cupcake in every locker! It’s election season and if anyone knows what this country… er, what the student council needs, it’s Babymouse. (July 10)

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (ages 8-12)
If any of you are Glee fans, you’ll want to pay close attention this one! Chris Colfer (aka Kurt Hummel) makes his debut in children’s fiction. (July 17)

A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House Series #48) by Mary Pope Osborne (ages 7-12)
Magic Tree House fans rejoice! The latest offering from Mary Pope Osborne is here! (July 24)

Cassidy the Costume Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Princess Fairies Series #2) (7-10 years)
Fairies and princesses — a magical combination! (Aug 1)

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda Series #3) by Tom Angleberger (ages 8-12)
Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? (August 7)

Teen Books

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (ages 10-14)
FINALLY! Finally! A new Artemis Fowl book. Critics say, “New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.” (July 10)

Wake by Amanda Hocking (ages 12-17)
Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong. (August 7)

The Kill Order by James Dashner (ages 12-17)
The prequel to New York Times Bestselling The Maze Runner Triology. (August 14)

The Demigod Diaries: The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (ages 10-14)
Rick Riordan answers to questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. (Aug 14)

See Also

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (ages 10-15)
The last time Shannon Hale wrote a book about a Princess Academy, it won the Newbery Honor Award. Check out her latest work in this companion novel. If you haven’t read the first book, no fear – this is also a standalone novel. (August 21)

For the Grown Ups

We couldn’t forget you guys! Plus, your kids NEED to see you reading. A convenient excuse, eh??

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness
Sequel to the New York Times Bestselling title, A Discovery of Witches. (July 7)

I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett’s lifelong friend Hughie McDonough dead. (July 7)

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
This spellbinding tale travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date. (July 17)

When in Doubt, Add Butter by Beth Harbison
From the New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Always Something There to Remind Me comes a delicious new novel about the search for true love and all the ingredients that go into it. (July 17)

Haven (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #13) by Kay Hooper
Another nightmare, in the woods this time. Different: She was running. Trying to escape. But the same ending. Always the same ending. Another dead girl… (July 31)

What are you reading this summer? Leave us a recommendation in the comments!


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