The library will be halting in-person visits on Thursday, January 7, 2021 and resuming on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Curbside pickup and phone service will continue as normal. 

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Book Recommendations

Wondering what you should try next?

We've put together some lists of popular books that you might want to try out for yourself!

First Chapter Book Recommendations:

Ivy + Bean - Annie Barrows

Bad Guys - Aaron Blabey

Bad Kitty - Nick Bruel

Heidi Heclebeck - Wanda Coven

Mercy Watson - Kate Dicamillo

Mermaid Tales - Debbie Dadey

Owl Diaries - Rebecca Elliott

Yasmin - Saadia Faruqi

Dory Fantasmagory - Abby Hanlon

Princess Black - Shannon Hale

Ballpark Mysteries - David A Kelly

Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories - Jake Maddox

Judy Moody - Megan McDonald

Stink - Megan McDonald

Rainbow Magic - Daisy Meadows

Magic Tree House - Mary Pope Osborne

Junie B Jones - Barbara Park

Geronimo Stilton - Geronimo Stilton

Mia Mayhem - Kara West

Dragon Masters - Tracey West



Middle Grade/Junior Fiction Recommendations:

* series

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

*Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry

*The Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckley

*Land of Stories - Chris Colfer

*Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

*How to Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun - Guillermo del Toro

*Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

*Warriors - Erin Hunter

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

*A Wrinkle In Time - Madeline L’Engle

*The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann

*Fablehaven - Brandon Mull

*Eragon - Christopher Paolini

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

*Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

*Harry Potter - JK Rowling

Holes - Louis Sachar

*A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

*Wings of Fire - Tui T Sutherland



Junior Graphic Novel Recommendations:

El Deafo - Cece Bell

Awkward - Svetlana Chmakova

Narwhal and Jelly - Ben Clanton

New Kid - Jerry Craft

Real Friends - Shannon Hale

Zita the Spacegirl - Ben Hatke

Warriors Graphic Novels - Erin Hunter

Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

Positively Izzy - Terri Libsenson

Click - Kayla Miller

The Tea Dragon Society - Katie O’Neill

White Bird: A Wonder Story - RJ Palacio

Big Nate - Lincoln Peirce

Dog Man - Dav Pilkey

Bone - Jeff Smith

Lumberjanes - Noelle Stevenson

Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier

The Babysitter’s Club - Various Authors

HiLo - Judd Winick



Picture Book Recommendations:

Circle - Mac Barnett

Elbow Grease - John Cena

Hair Love - Matthew A Cherry

Love - Matt de la Pena

Friday Night Wrestlefest - JF Fox

Red - Michael Hall

Bruce’s Big Storm - Ryan T Higgins

How to Catch a Star - Oliver Jeffers

The Bad Seed - Jory John

The Rough Patch - Brian Lies

A Big Mooncake for Little Star - Grace Lin

Going Down Home With Daddy - Kelly Starling Lyons

Bear Came Along - Richard T Morris

Sulwe - Lupita Nyong’o

A Different Pond - Bao Phi

Are We There Yet? - Dan Santat

Not Quite Narwhal - Jessie Sima

Who Wet My Pants - Bob Shea

A Perfect Day - Lane Smith

If I Built a School - Chris Van Dusen


Looking for Author reccomendations?

Some of our favorite picture book authors:

Jon Agee

Mac Barnett

Eric Carle

James Dean

Matt de la Pena

Ed Emberley

Mem Fox

Kevin Henkes

Oliver Jeffers

Ezra Jack Keats

Jon Klassen

Leo Lionni

Todd Parr

Adam Rex

Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Lane Smith

Chris Van Allsburg

Mo Willems

Some of our favorite children’s fantasy authors:

JM Barrie

Holly Black

Lewis Carroll

Chris Colfer

Roald Dahl

Neil Gaiman

Diana Wynne Jones

Liz Kessler

CS Lewis

Lisa McMann

Brandon Mull

Mary Norton

Rick Riordan

JK Rowling