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BRYANT, JENNIFER. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Even as a child, Horace Pippin loved to draw. He drew pictures of his family, his home, and his neighborhood. But World War I left him unable to lift his right arm and make his art. This is the story of his come-back to the world of creativity.

CLINE-RANSOME, LISA. Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass

Reading takes center stage in this biography. Frederick Douglass spent his life advocating for the equality of all, and it was through reading that he was able to stand up for himself and others.

CLOSE, CHUCK. Chuck Close: Face Book

An autobiography of the artist in question -and- answer format, written from real questions from real kids. He talks about his art and his struggles with dyslexia and paralysis, in an inspiring story of the unbroken human spirit.

FERN, TRACEY. Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

Barnum Brown's (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary--and he did! As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.


KEHRET, PEG. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

The true story of a young girl during the polio epidemic of the '50s. Peg's life changes one day and she spends a year struggling with her illness. A story with heart and bravery.

McCANN, MICHELLE. Boys Who Rocked the World

A collection of illustrated examples of strong, independent role models----all boys who did something wonderful while still in their teens.

McCANN, MICHELLE. Girls Who Rocked the World

This time it's girls who shine......stories of girls who made an impact on the world. A fascinating collection of different kinds of heroines.

ROBINSON, SHARON. Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tested the ice for her and her brothers. A different look at a baseball and Civil Rights icon.

SCIESZKA, JON. Knucklehead

This book will tickle your funny bone as you read these mostly true hilarious stories of growing up in the fifties with five brothers.

also: Guys Read: Funny Business
STONE, TANYA LEE. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

In the 1830s girls were supposed to be wives and mothers, not DOCTORS! Elizabeth Blackwell proved them wrong and became the first female doctor in America. Her story will inspire girls to refuse to be limited and to keep striving to be their best.



Ten-year-old Leo's future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes leads Leo to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.

COLUMBUS, CHRIS. House of Secrets

J.K. Rowling calls this a “breakneck, jam-packed, roller coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books.”

GIDWITZ, ADAM. In A Glass Grimly

also: A Tale Dark and Grimm

This is a re-telling of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm, but with a grim twist. Not for the faint of heart, but for those who love the fairytales and appreciate the author's twisted takes.

HARPUR, JAMES. Mythical Creatures

This book contains tales about dragons, monsters, and mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes. One example is a Cyclops, a hideous one-eyed giant from Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. The reader can pull a tab on that picture and expose the contents of the Cyclops's belly: He has eaten Odysseus's sailors for breakfast!

HEALY, CHRISTOPHER. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Did you ever want to know more about the “Prince Charmings” in favorite fairytales? Local author, Christopher Healy presents a close-up of Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav, in all their imperfect glory. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, they encounter trolls, witches, and dragons during their quest to become heroes in this very funny, interwoven tale of mayhem.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edxM4mhyxc8

KESSLER, LIZ. Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun

Strange storms are blowing up from the ocean, caused by the nightmares of Neptune, King of the Sea. Convinced that his dreams herald an approaching threat, Neptune enlists half-mermaids Emily Windsnap and Aaron for a top-secret mission to find and eliminate the source of the trouble. But Emily and Aaron quickly get in over their heads in the frigid waters of the frozen north. Deep within an alpine lake where magical reflections show what could be rather than what is, the two discover a trove of stolen memories and Neptune's darkest secret. Double-crosses and double-takes abound in Liz Kessler's fifth magical mermaid adventure

also: the other books in the series

OLIVER, LAUREN. Liesl and Po

After her father's death, Liesl is locked away in a tiny attic room by her stepmother, where she meets Po, a lonely ghost, and Will, an alchemist's apprentice who bungles an important delivery and enlists Liesl and Po's help in setting things right.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO7ODAjwI74

SEEGERT, SCOTT. Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World

This fictionalized self-help manual calls on kids to embrace their inner evil and learn to rule the world with anecdotes, rhymes and cartoons.

also: Rule the School
SKYE, OBERT. Potterwookie

The latest creature to emerge from Rob’s closet is a cross between Chewbacca from Star Wars and Harry Potter. Rob names him “Potterwookiee” (“Hairy” for short) and soon Rob finds himself treading water as he tries to figure out how to care for his mixed-up friend. Great laughs and great books help Rob along the way.

also: Wonkenstein

ANGLEBERGER, TOM. Fake Moustache

Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend Casper and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.

also: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda; Fortune Wookie; Horton Halfpott


When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtPdqV2crQ0


As the end of sixth grade nears, Jordan Johnson, unhappy that she is only average in appearance, intelligence, and athletic ability, reveals her special skills when disaster strikes her central Illinois elementary school.

also: Troublemaker; We the Children and Extra Credit

CREECH, SHARON. The Great Unexpected

Orphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in America, and grown-up sisters Sybil and Nula, from Ireland, learn what life is truly about as they receive help from one another and open up their hearts to love and forgiveness.

GREENWALD, TOMMY. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBzmNIepzbU
GUTMAN, DAN. You Only Die Twice

As thirteen-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, continue their dangerous road trip, they find themselves being chased by an evil Elvis impersonator and trapped by flesh-eating soda pop.

also: Mission Unstoppable and Never Say Genius (books #1 & 2 of the Genius Files)

Book trailer for The Genius Files: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMsDvLAVk48


Alice and her parents spend the week of Alice's tenth birthday as they always do on Sanibel Island, Florida, but Alice gets upset when she discovers some of the people who are always there are missing and new ones have arrived, and Alice wants things to be like they have always been.

Kevin Henkes talks about his book Junonia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph0dWCn6xp8

HUNT, LYNDA. One for the Murphys

Carley becomes a foster child and moves in with the Murphys and she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed. She feels like she doesn’t belong in their perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBFUPBw7KLI
PALACIO, R. J. Wonder

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOXDD3atWco

PARATORE, COLEEN. Sweet and Sunny

Despite facing a host of problems, old and new, optimistic third-grader Sunny continues her quest to create a national Kid's Day and improve other holidays, especially the upcoming Valentine's Day, while bringing joy to those around her.

also: Sunny Holiday
PASTIS, STEPHEN. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure is the funny and clueless 11-year old CEO of the best detective agency in town and perhaps the nation. You will meet his lazy partner, a polar bear, named Total as they adventure through the story. This story has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch6eXUoe-RY


Georges has a lot on his mind. He has recently moved and his mom works long hours at the local hospital. Things get interesting when he meets Safer, another boy in the building who runs a spy club. Find out what happens when they try to solve the case of Mr. X in this realistic fiction set in NYC.

also: When you Reach Me, First Light

TASHJIAN, JANET. My Life as A Stuntboy

Derek Fallon gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to be a stunt boy in a major movie. After accepting the job he learns that he is the star's stunt double and must wear a wig! This is a great story if you don’t think you are a reader.

VAIL, RACHEL. Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom

Justin is going to start the 4th grade if he can just survive the summer and camp! With bus rides to camp, bugs, mess halls and flip-flops, Justin worries if he can survive. Join him as he works on shedding his just in case attitude on his way to being brave.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNRv-M8Z1Ro

also: Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily DIsasters


Family and friendship couldn’t be more important after Alice’s Aunt Polly passes away. But what happened to Aunt Polly’s famous pie recipe? Did she leave it in a will to somebody? Everyone in town is trying to be the winner in the next pie-contest, including Alice’s mother and some of her friends.


BRUEL, NICK. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby

Kitty's owners are home with a big surprise for Kitty. But what is it? Kitty, reeling in horror, thinks it’s a . . . dog. The neighbor cats are convinced it’s a cat. But we all know that it’s really a BABY!

also: other books in the series

HATKE, BEN. Zita, the Spacegirl

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero.

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FbFjGdhryE

HOLM, JENNIFER. Extreme Babymouse

Grab your board! The powder's fresh and Babymouse is hitting the slopes in the 17th installment of the popular, award-winning graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm!

also: other books in the series, and the Squish series
KIBUISHI, KAZU. Amulet series

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission. Follow Emily and Navin on their adventures through an unknown world as they quest to overcome evil.



It's 1944 and W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. Courage is the key to Jayna’s happiness.

LAI, THANHHA. Inside Out and Back Again

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

MORRIS, GERALD. The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

Sir Gawain, the only undefeated knight in King Arthur's court, eventually learns the value of friendship, courtliness, and courtesy after a challenge from the Green Knight.

PATRICK, DANIEL LEWIS. Cecile’s Gift 1853

Volunteering at an orphanage, Cécile becomes especially close to one little girl named Perrine. When Cécile hears that a huge benefit will be held to raise money for all the orphanages in New Orleans, she determines to take part.

also: other books in the series

ROCKLIFF, MARA. Me and Momma and Big John

Momma comes home from work, tired and sore from a long day at her job. She used to work on the factory line, but she’s a stonecutter now, helping to build the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. She works all day on just one stone, and finally, Momma’s stone is finished. Little John and his sisters can't wait to see her special stone — in this luminous true-life story.

SCHLITZ, LAURA AMY. Splendors and Glooms

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party.

TARSHIS, LAUREN. I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

The bloodiest battle in American history is under way in 1863. Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. But things change when Corporal Henry Green brings Thomas and Birdie back to his regiment, and suddenly it feels like they've found a new home.

also: other books in the series

CRONIN, DOREEN. The Legend of Diamond Lil

Tully wants is to enjoy his retirement. But mama chick Moosh and chicks Dirt and Sugar are acting strange. A possum keeps finding its way into the chicken coop. And J.J. has questions about Diamond Lil, the fancy new dog next door. He’ll have to track down the clues and sniff out the evidence to save the day.

also: The Trouble with Chickens
McCALL SMITH, ALEXANDER. The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case

Someone has been stealing treats from her friends at school, and suspicion swirls around a chubby boy named Poloko. Encouraged by her father, who has noted Precious’ powers of deduction, the sleuth decides to follow her instincts and prove Poloko innocent.

TURNAGE, SHEILA. Three Times Lucky

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

WOOD, MARYROSE. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest

Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences—yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her.

also: The Mysterious Howling and The Hidden Gallery

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9us5ljBWKY


ARONSON, MARC. The Skull in the Rock

With the help of his curious 9-year-old son, Professor Lee Berger-- discovered Australopithecus sediba; a previously unknown species of ape-like creatures that may have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history, these fossils reveal what may be one of humankind's oldest ancestors.

also: Trapped; and If Stones Could Speak

BANG, MOLLY. Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas

Poetic language and dazzling illustrations introduce the oceanic world. From tiny aquatic plants to the biggest whale or fish, the life cycle and food chain deep within our wondrous oceans are uniquely explained.

CATE, ANNETTE LEBLANC. Look Up! Bird-watching in Your Own Backyard

This conversational, humorous introduction to bird-watching encourages kids to get outdoors with a sketchbook and really look around. Quirky full-color illustrations portray dozens of birds chatting about their distinctive characteristics, including color, shape, plumage, and beak and foot types, while tongue-in-cheek cartoons feature banter between birds, characters, and the reader.

COLE, HENRY. Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

A young girl's courage is tested in this haunting, wordless story. When she discovers a runaway slave hiding in the barn, she is at once startled and frightened. The stranger's fearful eyes weigh upon her conscience, and she must make a difficult choice. Will she have the courage to help him?

DECRISTOFANO, CAROLYN. A Black Hole is Not a Hole

If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Find out what they are and how astronomers find them. Get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor and take a journey that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h your mind.

Denver Planetarium trailer for Black Holes movie: http://vimeo.com/26693043

HOPKINSON, DEBORAH. Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using real-life stories from the witnesses and survivors ‒ from the stewardess…to the Captain of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship.

McKENDRY, JOE. One Times Square

Have you ever stood in Times Square in New York City? This book brings history to life with vivid pictures and words, telling the story of how Times Square grew from a dirt road to the most famous intersection in the world.


Follow the Angry Birds as they fly through four levels, traveling farther and farther into space to learn all they can about planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and the mysteries of the universe in order to rescue their precious eggs from the evil space piggies. also: Playground Animals and Angry Birds

Book trailer for Angry Birds: Birds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXeR6FV-tM0

SMITH, CHARLES R. Brick By Brick

When the president of the United States needed a new home, who would build it? This is the story of how the White House in Washington, DC was created … by human hands working toward their

freedom, brick-by-brick. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR6aK24lnyo

SPINNER, STEPHANIE. Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird

The true story of a not-so-birdbrained African grey parrot who astonishes everyone with his ability to do math and speak hundreds of words.

Animal Planet Special featuring Alex the parrot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Fpad20Zbk

TUNNELL, MICHAEL O. Candy Bomber: the Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”

World War II was over, Berlin was in ruins, and the children were hungry and afraid. An Air Force pilot wanted to help, but what could one man in one plane do? Drop chocolate out of the plane!

WEITEKAMP, MARGARET. Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery

What in the world is Pluto? With zippy dialog and whimsical artwork, this book will help you find the answers. A very funny book from the smart scientists at NASA.


HUGHES, LANGSTON. I, Too, Am America

This visual story-poem illustrated by Bryan Collier describes the courage and dignity of the Pullman porters as they worked day in and day out on trains across America.

LEVINE, GAIL CARSON. Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It

A wickedly funny collection of snarky, false apology poems. As the book says: “If you’re looking for a nice happy book, put this one down and run away quickly. Forgive me. Sweetness and good cheer are boring.”

LEWIS, J. PATRICK. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

200 poems that squeak, soar, and roar, by various authors. With breathtaking photos for all the animal lovers in your family. Listen to one of the poems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4l_EQCwzJc

PRELUTSKY, JACK. I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus

Funny poems about real and not-so-real creatures, including this one: “I’ve lost my hippopotamus, The situation’s weird. One minute she was next to me, Then pouf! she disappeared. It’s hard to lose a hippo, For a hippo’s truly huge – I’m sensing something fishy, Some unsavory subterfuge.”

RACZKA, BOB. Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed From a Single Word

Part anagram, part rebus, part riddle – these poems capture a scene from a child's daily life and present a puzzle to solve. Sometimes sweet and sometimes funny, but always clever, these poems are fun to read and even more fun for kids to write.

also: Guyku
SINGER, MARILYN. Mirror Mirror: a Book of Reversible Verse

A collection of short poems which, when reversed, turn into fairy tales. Fun and magical!


CROWE, CHRIS. Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game

An African American family in Cleveland, Ohio, listens on their new radio to the first game of the 1948 World Series, in which Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, won the game for the Cleveland Indians.

Larry Doby Biography: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TOa9f3Z_5A

KELLY, DAVID. Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

A telling of the true story behind the creation--and breaking--of the Curse of the Bambino, inflicted on World Series champions the Boston Red Sox after they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1918.

McKISSACK, PAT. The Home-Run King

Brothers Tank and Jimbo Turner love sneaking into Nashville's Sulphur Dell Ballpark to watch the superstars of Negro League baseball. When Josh Gibson, the famous home-run hitter for the Homestead Grays, bunks at their house, the boys think they're one step away from heaven.

also: other titles in the Scraps of Time series
WINTER, JONAH. You Never Heard of Willie Mays?

A visual profile of baseball star Willie Mays, tracing his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants.

See Willie Mays’ famous catch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUK9lG-7HTc


Here are some suggestions for series books for intermediate readers.

Adventures of Ook and Gluk series by Dav Pilkey

Al's World series by Elise Leonard

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke

also: No. 1 Car Spotter series by Atinuke

Babymouse series by Jennifer Holm

also: Squish series

Beast Quest: The Dark Realm series by Adam Blade

Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce

Blast to the Past series by Stacia Deutsch

Bone series by Jeff Smith

Calendar Mysteries series by Ron Roy

also: Capital Mysteries series

Calvin and Hobbes series by Bill Watterson

Charlie Small series

Chet Gecko series by Bruce Hale

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

Complicated Life of Claudia Cristina Cortez series by Diana Gallagher

Cool Sports Facts series

Cupcake Club series by Sheryl Berk


avid Mortimer Baxter
series by Karen Tayleur

Dessert First series by Hallie Durand

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Doodles of Sam Dibble series by Judy Press

Dragon Slayer’s Academy series by Kate McMullan

also: Myth O Mania series

Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

Dyamonde Daniel series by Nikki Grimes

Easy-to-read Spooky Tales series by Veronika Charles

Ellray Jakes series by Sally Warner

Field Trip Mysteries series by Steven Brezenoff

Franny K. Stein series by Jim Benton

My Weird School series by Dan Gutman

also: My Weird School Daze series; and My Weirder School

Geronimo Stilton series

also: Thea Stilton series

Jake Drake series by Andrew Clements

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald

also: Stink series also: Sisters Club: Rule of Three series

Keena Ford series by Melissa Thomson

Liberty Porter, First Daughter by Julia DeVillers

Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka

Magic Thief series by Sarah Prineas

Max Disaster series by Marissa Moss

Max Finder Mystery series by Liam O’Donnell

Merlin’s Dragon series by T.A. Barron

National Geographic Kids Everything series

Oggie Cooder series by Sarah Weeks

Pandora series by Carolyn Hennesy

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

also: The Kane Chronicles series

Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry

Ready Freddy series by Abby Klein

Secret Agent, Jack Stalwart series by Elizabeth Hunt

Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen

Simon Bloom series by Michael Reisman

Sister Magic series by Anne Mazer

Sisters 8 series by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

also: Nerds series

STAT (Standing Tall and Talented) series by Amar’e Stoudemire

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

Third-Grade Detectives series by George Edward Stanley

39 Clues series

Usborne True Stories series

Warriors series by Erin Hunter

also: The Seekers series and The Warriors Graphic Novel series

Weird But True! series by National Geographic Kids

Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski

Willimina series by Valerie Wesley

Who was . . .? biography series

Zack Files series by Dan Greenburg

also: Weird Planet series

Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series by Sharon Draper

also: Sassy series


Here are some great authors to explore for intermediate readers:
Nic Bishop, Andrew Clements, Kate DiCamillo, Hallie Durand, Dan Gutman, Mary Downing Hahn, Carl Hiaasen, Gordon Korman, Kathleen Krull, Wendy Mass, Gary Paulsen,

Jack Prelutsky, Graham Salisbury


Author James Patterson works with children’s book expert, Judy Freeman, to present a resource-rich website full of “unforgettable titles bound to turn kids on to books.”

Author, Jon Scieszka has created a wonderful websites of suggested titles specifically aimed toward boys; but, don’t kid yourself, girls will love these books as well.


A book and a hug was created to help you find a book for your child. It's important to match children up with books they want to read and this website can make all the difference in the world helping your child figure out their "reading personality."
This list was created by the public and school librarians of Maplewood and South Orange and is available on our websites. Books may be borrowed from the public libraries:
Maplewood Memorial Library South Orange Public Library

www.maplewoodlibrary.org www.sopl.org

51 Baker Street, Maplewood 65 Scotland Road, South Orange

(973) 762-1622 ext 5005 (973) 762-0230
Maplewood Library Hilton Branch

1688 Springfield Ave., Maplewood

(973) 762-1688

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