It’s that time of year again, the leaves are falling, the nights are chilly, and everyone is looking for a spooky read to cuddle up with! While there are many great scary novels available, gruesome graphic novels really turn up the fear-factor with their visual displays of frightening fun.
You’ll be sleeping with the lights on after indulging in one of these ghoulish graphic novels!
With the start of a new school year, sports seasons are upon us. Whether you are a player, spectator, or avid fan, sports stories can be enjoyed by all. Offering lessons in perseverance, teamwork, and respect, sports stories give us GOALS to aspire to in our every day lives. KICK OFF the new sports season with one of these HOME RUN titles!
As much as we would like these warm summer days to last forever, a new school year is right around the corner. Out with the swimsuits and sunscreen; in with the bonfires and football games. Show your school spirit with one of these fantastic back-to-school reads!
Are you a tween looking for great adventure in far off lands or looking for your first great chapter book? Maybe you’re somewhere in-between. No matter your age or interest, the library has something new waiting for you!
Notorious by Gordon Korman Age Interest: 8-12 Grades 3-7Rating: 5/5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Tweens looking for a great adventure on an island that’s half in the United States and half in Canada ( a place so well described I had to look up whether it was real or not!) Meet Keenan who has arrived to live with his father on the U.S. side of the island and Zarabeth(ZeeBee) who lives on the Canadian side of the island in a house once occupied by gangsters. She also once had a dog who was the terror of the island and the new Barny II is the exact opposite of her old dog.
I really liked how the character and the setting were developed through the making of new friends and the consistent theme of the old Barney being compared to the new Barney and the mystery of the gangsters gold. Join the adventure while Keenan and ZeeBee unravel the clues and a conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past in the 1920’s. The bad news is that someone is after them. . .
Northwind by Gary Paulsen Age Interest: 9-12 Grades 3-7 Rating: 4/5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Survival story in the Arctic! Leif is an 11 year old orphan in the wilds of the Arctic who is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe when a deadly plague reaches the small fishing camp where he lives. He flees northward and learns to survive the plague, bears attacks, Orcas and hunger along a wild shore laced with high fjords, all on his own. Leif learns to connect with the ocean and live on his own. Another great survival book by Gary Paulsen. If you like this one, read Hatchet too!
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro Age Interest: 5-8 Grades 1-3 Rating: 4/5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Do dragons like marshmallows or will they make them sick? From the Zoey and Sassafras series, Meet Zoey who can see magical animals and what’s even better they come to her barn to be taken care of. Fun read for the emerging reader who is ready for chapter books. What’s not to like about fixing magical animals?!
The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman Age Interest: 6-8 Grades 1-3 Rating: 4/5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️
From The Last Firehawk series, Magical animals abound in Perodia, but a dark magic used by a powerful vulture named Thorn is trying to destroy it. Can a young owl named Tag and Skyla, a perky squirrel, help save the island when they find the last Firehawk?
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor Age Interest:8-11 Grades 3-6 Rating:5/5❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
This is the story of two 6th graders Aurora and Frenchie. Aurora is loud and boisterous and Frenchie does not talk. But… they understand each other. They both love nature and they are both a little bit different! They live in a small town in Maine where many of the people march to their own tune. When Frenchie goes missing all of these odd ball characters come together to search for him. This story “Honors the sweet mysteries of how to communicate with each other and the world.” (Kirkus Review Feb 2022)
Alien in My Pocket – Blast Off by Nate Ball Age Interest: 6-9 Grades 1-4 Rating: 5/5 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Catch this one on Libby! The first in a series, this is a perfect chapter book for a young readers. There’s a boy – Zach, a girl – Olivia, and a 4 inch tall blue alien – Amp. Will Zach have to protect the world from an alien invasion while trying to navigate 4th Grade? Or will he have to protect Amp from the world? Highly recommend this book with a DYI science experiment ! Have fun!
Congratulations! You made it through another school year! School may be out, but reading is still totally in. The books on this list are set in the summer and contain camping, exploring, and good old-fashioned summer fun!
Check out these awesome reads sure to put you in the summertime frame of mind!
Do you love space stories, time travel, and awesome alien adventures? Well then, the Sci-Fi genre was made for you! Like the Fantasy genre, Sci-fi takes its readers on wondrous journeys to other worlds. But unlike Fantasy, all elements of Sci-Fi could actually happen in real life. These stories are packed with action, adventure, and hi-tech hi-jinks.
Travel to space and beyond with these great Sci-Fi novels!
Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox by Michael Buckley
Looking for a thrilling, exciting read this spring? Well, look no further! The ACTION/ADVENTURE genre has exactly what you need to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Books in the ACTION/ADVENTURE genre follow the main character(s) as they embark upon an epic adventure or journey filled with daring feats and non-stop action. Commonly, books within this genre overlap with other genres such as Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Historical Fiction.
Go on a journey of a lifetime without ever leaving the couch with these great reads!
Do you love solving puzzles? Are you able to guess the ending to every movie? Well, the MYSTERY genre might be just right for you! Stories in the MYSTERY genre feature a crime or mystery and allow you, as the reader, to become the detective. They can be spooky, funny, or suspenseful, but it is your job to figure out what has happened throughout the story.
Become a super sleuth with these great MYSTERY stories!
Compared to the fantasy genre, realistic fiction may seem boring. But let me assure you, these books are anything but ordinary. Realistic fiction allows readers to understand the world around them through the eyes of others. The events in these books could happen in real life, and the characters feel familiar–like old friends. Many times the realistic fiction genre tackles serious issues and gives readers the opportunity to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Check out these extraordinary realistic fiction titles!
Christmas may be behind us, but we can still enjoy wondrous worlds and extraordinary creatures within the FANTASY genre. Books written as FANTASY are set in fictional times or worlds and contain supernatural or otherworldly elements that cannot exist in real life. Unicorns, dragons, and wizards make frequent appearances in FANTASY books, and most contain an element of magic.
Make one of these fantastic fantasies your next great read!