THEMES FOR EVERY HERO HAS A STORY: Astronauts – Batman – Community Helpers – Community Helpers – Community Helpers – Crime Fighters! – Doctors and Nurses – Firefighters – Firefighters – Firefighters – Heroic Animals – Knights – Legendary Heroes – Ninjas – Police Officers – Police Officers & Firefighters – Sidekicks – Superhero – Superhero – Superhero – Superhero – Superhero – Superhero – Superhero – Superheroes – Superheroes – Superheroes – Superheros – Superheroes – Superhero Song – Superhero Storytime Pinterest Board.
Abby the Librarian: Storytimes (Abby Johnson, New Albany Floyd County Public Library) – Baby Storytime – Birthdays – Bugs – Candy – Cats – Cats and Dogs – Chickens – Chickens – Clouds – Colors – Colors – Construction – Cows – Cuddle Up – Dance – Dance – Dogs – Ducks – Eat Me – Fall – Fish – Float or Sink – Fruit Salad – Homes – Horses – In Like a Lion-Out Like a Lamb – Jungles – Ladybugs – Mice – My First Storytime – Penguins – Picnics – Pizza – Pumpkins – Seuss – Snow – Spring – Storms – What to Read at Baby Storytime – What to Read to Baby at Storytime – Winter – Woods – Zoos.
Awesome Storytime (Sarah, Children’s Librarian at a public library the Chicago area) – Apples – Audrey & Don Wood – Back to School – Barnyard – Beach – Bedtime – Birthdays – Blue – Brushing Your Teeth – Bugs – Colors – Cows – Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Earth Day – Elephants – Fall Leaves – Falling Leaves – Falling Leaves – Fish – Fish – Frogs – Garden – Green – Grumpy Storytime – Halloween – Halloween – Halloween – Hats – Hello! Hola! – I Love You – I’m Hungry – It Looked Like Spilt Milk – Kangaroos – Leaves – The Library – Little Movers – Mice – Monsters – Monster Mania – Music – Mustaches – Octopus – On the Move – Orange – Owls – Pajama Storytime – Penguins – Pets – Picnic – Pigs – Pizza – Pumpkins – Rainbows – Red – Robots – Senses – Snow – St. Patrick’s Day – Stinky Smelly Storytime – Thanksgiving – Tiny Dancers – Tools – Tropical – Trucks – Turtles – Under the Sea – Valentines – Valentine’s Day – Yellow, – Zoos.
Baby Storytimes (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) – Tips for Choosing Books – CLEL Bell Awards (annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children).
Bayviews ACL – There are too many themes here to list them all, but here are their themes for Every Hero Has a Story: Astronauts – Doctors and Nurses – Firefighters – Heroic Animals – Legendary Heroes – Sidekicks – Superhero.
Esther Story Times Wiki – Alligators & Crocodiles – Apples – Art – Baby Storytime – Bats – Bears – Bees – Birthdays – Boxes – Bubbles & Bath – Bugs – Butterflies – Candy Corn – Cars – Caterpillars – Cats & Kittens – Chickens – Clothing – Colors – Cookies – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Ducks – Easter – Elephants – Fall – Favorite Crafts for Storytime – Fishing – Frogs – Fruit – Gardening – Gingerbread Men – Halloween – Ladybugs – Mittens – Monkeys – Monsters – Mother Goose – Music – Ocean – Octopus – Oranges – Owls – Pajama Time – Pancakes – Penguins – Pigs – Pizza – Potatoes – Princes / Princesses – Pumpkins – Raccoons – Rainy Days – St. Patrick’s Day – Salad – Seashells – Sensory Storytime – Shapes – Sheep/Lambs – Snakes – Snow/Winter – Snowmen – Spiders – Spring – Stars – Storytime Handouts – Sunflowers – Sunshine – Thanksgiving – Tools – Valentine’s Day – Wind – Winter Stockings (Christmas) –
Harris County Public Library – 4th of July, Acceptance, Adventure, Africa, African Animals, African Folklore, Aliens & Space, All About Me 2, Alligators & Crocodiles 2, Alphabet 2, Animal Sounds Animals 2 3, , Ants, Anxiety 2, Apples, Arbor Day, Arctic, Around the House 2, Art, Artists, Asia, Asian Pacific Heritage Month, ASL Colors, Attitude, Australian Animals, Baby Animals, Baby’s First Books 2 3 4, Babytime Babies, Babytime Bedtime, Back to School, Chained Dog, Emotions, Grandparents/Abuelos, A Home to Call Their Own, … (more)
Jbrary (Dana & Lindsey, Canadian children’s librarians) – Alligators and Crocodiles – Bears and Berries – City Kids – Earth Day Storytime – Hats – Library – Making Food – Numbers and Counting – Opposites at Storytime – – Transportation – Weather
Jbrary (YouTube Channel) – Videos of storytime songs and rhymes.
Lapsit Storytime (Allentown Public Library) – Crunchy Munchy Storytime – Families – Families – Hide & Seek – Me – Me Baby – Nightime/Sleepytime – Playtime – Rhymes – Snow – Spring & Bugs – Teddy Bears – Teddy Bears – Things to Eat – Winter,
Laptime and Storytime (Amy at Orem Public Library in Utah) – Alphabet, Animals Christmas, Barnyard, Bedtime, Bees, Body, Color, Colors/Counting, Counting, Dinosaurs, “Earthquake Prep for Laptimers”, Eggs, Farm Day Fun, Frogs, From Winter to Spring, Green, Halloween 2, Hibernation, Individuality, Jungle, Love, Monkeys, Monsters, Monsters & Aliens, My Day, Picnics, Pirates & St. Patrick’s Day, Seashore, Thanksgiving, Things That Go, Tickle, Witches, Zoo.
Library Palooza (Stephanie Stokes) – Ants – Arbor Day/Trees/Leaves – Birds – Bugs / Caterpillars – Bugs / Moths – Cats & Cupcakes – Chickens – Dragons – Eggs – Fish – Halloween – Hawaii – Monsters – Moose – Old Lady – Pancakes – Peacocks – Pirates – Raccoons – Sea Serpent – Spiders – Valentine’s Day.
Literary Hoots (Emily, an Arizona Children’s Librarian): Autumn – Baths – Bilingual – Birds – Birthday – Bugs – Christmas – Clothing – Dentists – Desert – Dogs – Easter – Eggs – Emotions & Feelings – Family – Favorites – Firefighters – Flowers – Football – Friends – Frozen – Halloween – Hygiene – Ireland – Jobs – Kites – Libraries – Mrs. Claus – Myself – Names – Ninjas – Opposites – Owls – Polar Friends – Presidents’ Day – Rabbits – Royalty – Space – Sports – St. Patrick’s Day – STEM – Thanksgiving – Valentine’s Day – Veterans’ Day – Weather – Winter – Zoo
Loons and Quines @ Library Time (a British blog, so lots of the books would not be available here)
Mel’s Desk (Melissa Depper, Children’s Librarian in the Denver metro area) Baby Storytimes – Early Literacy Storytimes – Animal Sounds – Birds – Bodies – Fall – Fall Colors – Farms – Gratitude – Messy & Clean – Moon & Rockets – Noisy & Quiet – Opposites – Pumpkins – Songs – Thanks & Giving –
Miss Mary Liberry () – Animal Sounds, Baking, Bears, Big Gray Animals, Cats & Dogs, Dinosaurs, Feelings, Fish, Frogs, Hungry Storytime, Mice, Monsters, Music & Movement, Rhyming, Sharks, Sickness, Spring,
Miss Meg’s Storytime (Meg, a Connecticut children’s librarian) – Alphabet & Counting – Animals (Connecticut) – Apples & Fall – Around the World – Beach – Bears – Bees – Birds – Burrowing Animals – Butterflies & Caterpillars – Circus – Colors – Construction – Counting – Dance & Movement – Dinosaurs – Dr. Seuss – Ducks – Electricity & Light – Elephants – Eric Carle – Farm Animals – Friendship – Frogs – Gardening – Halloween – Hats – Monkeys – Monsters – Monsters – Movement – Music – Nighttime – Ocean – Party! – Pets – Rain – Rainbows – Senses – Skippyjon Jones – Socks & Shoes – Space – Spring – Teeth – Transportation – Weather –
Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime () – Alligator – Animals – Bears – Bedtime – Birthdays – Birthdays – Bob Shea – Bugs – Butterflies – Colors – Cows – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Ducks – Elephant – Fall – Food – Frogs – Grumpy – Halloween – Monster – Owls – Owls – Pigs – Rabbits – Sheep – Transportation – Under the Sea – Valentine’s Day.
Perry Public Library Storytime Themes – 4th of July, Alphabet, Apples, Autumn Colors, Babies, Balloons, Beach Day, Bears, Bedtime, Bird Watching is fun!, Birthday, Blankets, Blow Wind Blow, Boxes, Bread & Jam, Bubbles & Bath time, Bugs, Calendar, Cats & Kittens, Christmas Time!, Circus, Clap, Tap & Drum!, Construction, Counting Cookies, Cowboys, Cows, Daddy, Day & Night, Dinosaurs, Dogs and Puppies, Down on the Farm, Drums & Rhythm, Ducks & Geese, Easter, Eat Your Veggies!, Elephants, Fishy Fish, Food, Friends, Frogs, Frogs & Turtles, From Caterpillar to Butterfly, Garden, Going on a picnic, Grandparents, Hair & Moustaches, Hands and Feet, Hats, Hats & Mittens, House & Home, Ice Cream, It’s Halloween!, Jungle, Let’s Count, Mice are Nice, Monkey Business, Monsters, Mother’s Day, Move Your Body, Naughty & Nice, Nursery rhymes, Owls & Bats, Parade of Pets, Pigs, Pizza, Pockets & Kangaroos, Rain Rain Rain!, Sense of smell, Sharing, Sheep, Shoes & Feet, Size, Snow & Winter, Space, Spring, Stars and Sky, Summer, Sunflowers, Teddy Bears, Thanksgiving, Things that Go, Tigers, Up Down and All Around, Valentine’s Day, Winter Animals.
Piper Loves the Library (Jane, a Connecticut children’s librarian)
Read it Again! () – Apples – Beach – Bedtime – Birds – Boxes – Camping – Cavemen – Colors – Cookies – Dinosaurs – Eggs – Elephants – Fairs – Fall – Feelings – Fish – Fishing – Friendly Monster Madness – Groundhogs Shadows & Shapes Oh My! – Halloween – Hats – Hibernating Bears – Holiday Family Storytime – Jumping, Dancing Feet – Leap Day – The Library – Night Animals – The Ocean – Owls – Penguins – Pizza – The Pool – Rockets in Space – The Royals at Bedtime – Shapes – Sharks – Shoo Fly! – Sneezes – Snow – Squirrels – Superheroes – Things That Go Bump in the Night – Tools – Transportation – Trash Trucks – Turkey Day – Underwear in the Library – Valentine’s Day – Vegetable Garden – Vegetables – Waking Up the Bears – What Color is Your Underwear? –Wild Wild Animals.
Ready to Read @ ALPL – Apples, Beach, Birds, Birthdays & Rhyme, Bugs & Insects, Community Helpers, Cooking: Yum! Yum!, Daily Activities, Dinosaurs, Fall, Farm, Forest & Field Animals, Fourth of July, Frogs, Gardens, Guessing & Surprises, Halloween, Jungle & Zoo, Lion & Lamb, Money & Counting, Movement & Dance, Music & Movement, Oceans, Pets, Pirates, Playgrounds & Picnics, Snow & Winter, Spring & Easter, St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows & Magic, Super Big, Sweets & Treats, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day.
Rhymes & Songs (King County Library System, Washington) – YouTube videos on many themes.
Silly Librarian (Jennifer Kaap, a children’s librarian and storyteller in Illinois) – Baby Storytimes: Baby Party Animals – Love You Baby – Many Colored Days – New Year/Joyful Noise – Rhyme Time. Toddler Storytime: Bakers –Bathtime – Bats in the Moonlight – Bears 2 – Bedtime – Birds – Cats & Dogs – Dogs – Clothes – Colorful Splashes – Cookies – Cooking – Exercise – Fall – Families/Love – Farm Animals – Farmers – Fathers – Firefighters – Friends – Fruit – Gardening – Get Happy – Green – Halloween 2 – I’m Still Hungry – Jump Up Like a Bunny – Jungle – Let’s Get Clean – Many Colored Sheep – Many Ways to Say Hello – Monsters 2 – Mothers – Rabbits – Rainy Day – Royals – Sisters & Brothers – Snow in California – Squirrels – Thanksgiving/Food – Transportation –Trash – Valentine’s Day 2 3 – Vegetables – Wiggly Bugs – Zoo Animals (anything added before January 2009 not included). Preschool Storytime.
So Tomorrow (Anne Clark, a Michigan children’s librarian) – Alligators & Crocodiles – Apples – Art – Baseball – Beach – Bears – Cats & Dogs – Circus – Dinosaurs – Dragons – Elephants & Monkeys – Farm – Firefighters & Police – Halloween – Imagination – Kindergarten – Mice – Mother Goose Jam – Music – Mystery – Penguins – Rabbits – Shadows – Transportation – Weather – Winter – Woodland Creatures –
Story Kits (A project of Iowa’s Library Service Areas)
StoryPlace (Online Storytimes)
StoryShare Storytime Themes Wiki – 4th of July – Africa – Airplanes – Alligators & Crocodiles – Alphabet – Animal Babies – Animal Noises – Animals at Night – Animals in Winter – Animals – Apples – Arctic Animals – Art – Australia – Babies – Baseball – Bathtime – Beach – Bears – Bedtime – Bees – Being Scared – Being Sick – Berry Picking – Bicycle – Big & Little – Birds – Birthday – Boats – Books – Boston – Brothers & Sisters – Bubbles – Bugs – Building Things – Bus – Butterflies & Caterpillars – Camping – Can’t Sleep/Won’t Sleep – Cars & Trucks – Castle – Cats – Chickens – China – Chores – Christmas – Circus – City – Clothes – Colors – Community Helpers – Cookies – Cooking – Counting – Cowboys & Cowgirls – Cows – Dads – Dancing – Days of the Week – Dessert – Dinosaurs – Dirty/Clean – Dogs – Dr. Seuss – Dragons – Dreaming – Dress-Up – Ducks & Geese – Ears – Earth Day – Easter – Eggs – Egypt – Election Day – Elementary – Elephants – Eric Carle – Eyes – Fairy Tales – Fall – Families – Farm Animals – Feelings – Firefighters – Fish – Five Senses – Flowers – Flying – Food – Forest Animals – Fox – Fractured Fairytales – France – Frogs & Tadpoles – Fruits & Veggies – Funny Friends – Gardening – Giraffe – Going for a Walk – Going to School – Grandparents – Grocery Shopping – Gross – Groundhog Day – Growing Things – Growing Up – Guessing Game – Habitats – Hair – Halloween – Hands & Feet – Hannukah – Hats – Hawaii – Helping – Hibernation – Hide & Seek – Hippos – Holidays – Home – Horses – Hugs & Kisses – Ice Skating – Imagination – Japan – Jobs – July 4th – Jump – Jungle – Kings & Queens – Kites – Knocking on the Door – Kwanzaa – Library – Lions – Llama – Love – Magic – Making New Friends – Making Things – Me – Messy Room – Mice – Migration – Moms – Money – Monkeys – Monsters – Months of the Year – Moon – Morning – Music – Native Americans – Naughty, Naughty – Neighborhood – New Friends – New Year – Nighttime – Noises – Numbers – Nursery Rhymes – Ocean – Old West – Opposites – Out the Window – Owls – Painting – Pairs – Pajama – Parade – Parts of the Body – Party – Peekaboo – Penguins – Pets – Picnic – Pigs – Pirates – Pizza – Plants – Playing – Polar Bear – Politeness – Pond Life – Porcupines & Hedgehogs – Post Office – Pigeon – Presidents – Pumpkins – Putting on a Play – Quilts & Blankets – Rabbit – Rain – Reading – Reptiles & Amphibians – Rhyming – Riding the Bus – Road Trip – Robot – Safari – Say Hello – School – Seasons – Seeds – Sesame Street – Shapes – Sharing – Sheep & Goats – Silly – Sky – Snow – Snowman – Songs – Space – Spanish Bilingual – Spiders – Sports – Springtime – Squirrel – St. Patrick’s Day – Stars – Storytelling – Stuffed Animals – Summer – Sun – Swimming – Tails – Talk to Me – Teasing – Teeth – Thanksgiving – Tigers – Time – Toys – Trains – Transportation – Trash – Travel – Trees – Trucks – Turtles – USA – Valentine’s Day – Vegetables – Volcano – Voting – Weather – What Animals Eat – What Happens Next – Where Does Food Come From – Windy Day – Winter Play – Winter – Writing Stories – Woods – Zoo
Storytime (LA Public Library) – Toddler: Bathtime – Bedtime 2 3 – Boats – Body 2 – Bugs 2 – Chickens – Colors – Counting 2 3 – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Farms 2 3 – Fathers – Food – Monkeys – Mice – Mothers 2 – Music – Pets – Pigs – Trains – Transportation – Zoo 2 3. Preschool: Alphabet – Bears – Bedtime/Naptime – Bugs – Cats – Colors – Counting – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Ducks – Farms – Feelings – Food – Frogs – Jungle – Mice – Monkeys – Rabbits – Shapes – Zoo.
Storytime Katie (Katie from Chicago) – Alphabet – Animals at Night – Apples – Art – Babies – Bathtime – Beach, Bears 2 – Bedtime 2 – Birds 2 – Birthdays – Boats – Boxes, Bugs 2 – Camping – Chickens – Christmas – Clothes – Clouds & Rainbows – Colors 2, Counting – Crabs – Dance – Dinosaurs – Ducks – Easter – Emotions – Fairy Tales – Fall 2 – Fall Animals – Family – Farm 2 3 – Fish – Food – Friends – Frogs – Fruits & Vegetables – Halloween – Hats – Hello, Goodbye – Houses & Homes – Hugs & Kisses – Imagination – Jobs – Jungle – Library – Love – Me – Messy – Mice – Monkeys – Monsters 2 3 – Moon & Stars – Names – Numbers – Nursery Rhymes – Ocean – Opposites – Owls 2 – Penguins – Pets – Pigs – Pizza – Play & Pretend – Pirates – Pumpkins & Apples – Puppies – Rainy Days – Rabbits – School – Sea Creatures – Shapes – Sheep – Sick & Get Well – Snow – Spring 2 – Spring Animals – Starry Night – Summer 2 – Superheroes – Things That Go – Tools – Trains – Transportation – Trucks – Valentine’s Day – Wild Animals – Winter – Winter Animals – Zoo.
Storytime Secrets – Animals – Apples + Pumpkins – Australia – Babies – Bats – Beach – Bears – Bedtime – Books – Boxes – Bugs – Calendar – Chickens – Chicks + Bunnies – Circus – Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Green , Red , White , Yellow – Community – Community Helpers – Construction – Cookies – Counting – Digging – Dinosaurs – Dogs – Donald Crews – Elephants – Eric Carle – Eyes – Fairy Tales – Family – Fantasy – Farm – Feelings – Feet – Fish – Five Senses – Food – Garden – Grandparents – Hair – Hands – Harvest – Hats – Henry and Mudge – Hibernation – Holidays: December Holidays, Fourth of July, Groundhog Day, Halloween, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day – Houses – Hugs + Kisses – Imagination – Ireland – Jazz – Light and Electricity – Living or Nonliving? – Love – Mail – Monkeys – Monsters – Moon – Mud – Music – Myself – Names – Nature Detectives – Noses – Opposites: Big + Little, Quiet + Loud, Up + Down – Owls – Penguins – Pets – Pigs – Playtime – Rain – Sad – Sea – Seasons: Spring, Spring Animals, Summer, Winter –Shapes + Shadows – Silly – Sink or Float? – Soup – Spiders – Squirrels – Stars – Sun + Moon – Sunshine – Temperature – Transportation – Trees – Up – Warmth – Water – Weather – Writing – Zoo
Storytime Source Page (Lisa) – Alligators, Alligators, Animal Sounds, Arctic, Australian Animals, Balloons, Balls, Bathtime, Bears, Bedtime, Bicycle, Big, Birthday, Body Parts, Books , Boxes, Breakfast, Brothers, Bugs, Building, Cake, Camels, Cars, Cats, Chickens, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Clothing, Coins, Colors, Cooking , Cows, Crocodiles, Daddy, Dance, Days of the Week, Desert, Dinosaurs, Dirty/Clean, Dogs, Dragons, Ducks, Eggs, Egypt, Fall, Farm, Fathers, Feelings, Feet, Flowers, Friendship, Frogs, Games, Garden, Geese, Gingerbread, Gorillas, Green , Grandparents, Guessing Games, Gulp, Harvest, Hats, Hedgehogs, Hippos, Hugs, I Spy, Ice Cream, Insects, Kangaroo, Kisses, Kittens, Libraries, Lost, Manners, Monkeys, Monsters, Mothers, Noisy, Nursery Rhymes, Ocean, Owls, P is for:, Parachute, Penguin, Picky Eaters, Pizza, Pockets, Porcupines, Postman, Princesses, Rain, Recycling , Red Riding Hood, Royalty, Scare Your Socks Off, Scary, School, Sheep, Shoes, Shopping, Siblings, Sick, Skunks, Sleepy, Snow, Spaghetti, Sports, Superhero, Thanksgiving, Time of Day, Tools, Toys, Trains, Trucks, Turtles, Valentine’s Day, Vegetables, Warm Things, Wolves, Zoo.
Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends (An Arizona children’s librarian).
Sunflower Storytime (Leah and Mollie) – Alphabet, Animals, Ants, Apples, Away We Go, Baby Animals, Baking, Bathtime & Bubbles, Bears, Blankets, Boats, Birthdays, Boxes, Bugs, Cats & Dogs, China, Christmas 2, Clothes, Colors, Dance, Dinosaurs, Ducks, Fairy Tales, Fall, Farm Animals 2, Food Around the World, Gardening 2, Halloween 2, Hello Goodbye, I Like Me, Italy, Jungle Animals, Love, Mexico, Monsters, Moon, Outer Space, Owls 2, Pancakes & Pajamas, Polar Animals, Pumpkins, Rabbits, Santa Claus, Seuss, Snow 2, Shoo Fly, Stars, Stop & Go – Superheroes – Thanksgiving 2, Things That Go, Trees, Valentine’s Day, Wolves.
Sur La Lune Storytime (Heidi Anne Heiner, SurLaLune Fairy Tales) – Alligators and Crocodiles, Alphabet, Autumn, Babies, Balloons, Bathtime, Bears, Bedtime, Birds, Bodies, Books, Bugs, Butterflies, Cars and More Things on Wheels, Cats, Christmas (Secular), Christmas (Religious), Clothes, Clouds, Colors, Cookies, Cows, Dads, Dancing, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Ducks, Easter, Elephants, Emotions, Farm Animals, Fish and Oceans, Flowers, Food, Friends, Frogs, Gardens, Halloween, Hats, Houses, Mice, Moms, Monkeys, Monsters, Moon, Numbers, Pigs, Pizza, Rabbits, Rain, St. Patrick’s Day, Sickness, Snakes, Snow, Soup, Space, Spring, Summer, Thanksgiving, Trains, Trees, Turtles, Valentine’s Day, Winter, Wolves.
Talk Story – Adoption & Multicultural Families Storytime, All About Me!, Chinese Culture, Family Storytime (Asian Pacific American Families), Fish Storytime, Hawaiian Storytime, Lunar New Year Storytime, Medicine Wheel Garden Program, My World is Unique! Exploring Native American Life/Culture, Native American Storytime, Origami Storytime, Pet Storytime, Stories from India, Time to Eat!, Turtle Stories, We Are All Related, Woodlands Native American Harvest Festival.
What Happens in Storytime… (Mollie Kay, Dallas, Texas) – April Fools’ Day, Bugs, Camping, Chinese New Year, Desserts, Ducks, Earth Day, Father’s Day, Fruits & Vegetables, Good Morning, Holiday Happiness, The Library, Monsters, Pizza, Rabbits, Sounds, Squirrels, Summer, Sweet Dreams, Thanksgiving, Transportation, Valentine’s Day, Winter Wear,
The Wielded Pen – Children’s Corner (Dorothy, a children’s librarian in Texas) – Animals – Arbor Day – Books with Photo Illustrations – Boxes – Camping & Hiking – Chickens – Circus – Clothing – Colors – Colors – Coretta Scott King Award – Dr. Seuss – Elephants – Fall – Farms – Feelings – Food – France / French – Halloween – Halloween – Hawaii – Hedgehogs – Hello / Goodbye – Hibernation – Hispanic Heritage Month – Imagination – Jan Thomas – Kevin Henkes – Love – Lunar New Year – Magical Places – Mail – Mo Willems – Monsters – Moon & Stars – Movement – Mystery – Noise – Ocean – Opposites – Owls – Pancakes – Patterns – Pets – Picnic – Pirates – Pizza – Pockets – Poetry & Rhyme – Rabbits / Egg Hunt – Robots – Sheep – Spring – Squirrels – St. Patrick’s Day – We Are All Superheroes – Wild Animals – Winter –
Views2 Initiative (Washington State)
Criteria for authors on this list are: 1) at least one of his/her books must be published by a mainstream publisher (not self-published) and 2) at least one of his/her books must be in the Library of Congress catalog.
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Armstrong, William H. (1914-1999) lived in : Kent born in: Lexington, VA
Bacon, Ethel (1922-2008) lived in: Madison
Berry, Erick (1892-1974) lived in : Sharon
Best, Herbert (1894-1981) lived in : Sharon
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Butterworth, Oliver (1915-1990)
Colman, Hila (1909-2008) lived in: Bridgewater
Cuneo, Mary Louise lived near: Black Rock Harbor
Dubanevich, Arlene (1950-2001) lived in: Portland
Duke, Kate (1956-2014) lived in: New Haven
Estes, Eleanor (1906-1988) lived in: New Haven
Flora, James (1914-1998) lived in: Rowayton
Frasconi, Antonio (1919-2013) lived in: Norwalk
Fuchs, Bernie (1932-2009) lived in: Westport
Jenkins, Lyll Becerra de (1925-1997) lived in: Monroe
Johnson, Crockett (1906-1975) lived in: Rowayton
Krauss, Ruth (1911-1993) lived in: Rowayton
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L’Engle, Madeleine (1918-2007) lived in: Goshen
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Marshall, James (1942-1992) lived in: Mansfield
Neville, Emily Cheney (1919-1997) born in: Manchester
Rockwell, Harlow (1910-1988) lived in: Greenwich
Sendak, Maurice (1928-2012) lived in: Ridgefield
Speare, Elizabeth George (1908-1994) lived in: Easton
Twain, Mark (1835-1910) lived in: Hartford
Warner, Gertrude Chandler (1890-1979) lived in: Putnam
Former Connecticut Residents
Appelbaum, Diana grew up in: Norwalk & Old Lyme now lives in: Newton, MA
Baskin, Nora Raleigh lived in: Greenwich now lives in: NY
Blos, Joan lived in: New Haven
Cushman, Doug lived in: CT now lives in: CA
Davis, Katie lived in: Madison now lives in: NY
De Paola, Tomie grew up in: Meriden now lives in:New London, NH
Ehrlich, Amy grew up in: New York and Connecticut now lives in: Vermont
Falwell, Cathryn lived in: Hartford area now lives in:Gorham, ME
Howard, Arthur born in : Clinton now lives in: New York, NY
Karas, G. Brian was born in: Milford now lives in: NY
Kellogg, Steven lived in: Sandy Hook now lives in: VT
King, Stephen lived in: Stratford in 1957 now lives in: ME
Koller, Jackie French born in: Derby lived in: Stratford, Shelton, Southington, Middle Haddam, & Simsbury now lives in: MA
Lindbergh, Reeve grew up in: CT
Lisle, Janet Taylor grew up in: Farmington
MacLachlan, Patricia taught school in: Manchester
Teacher Resource File from the Internet School Library Media Center
Magnuson, Karen Beil born in: Vernon now lives in: Guilderland, NY
Monjo, F. N. was born in: Stamford
Northrop, Michael grew up in: Salisbury
Shasha, Mark lived in: New London from 1964-1983 lives in: Boston, MA
Sidman, Joyce born in: Hartford, attended: Wesleyan, now lives in: Wayzata, Minnesota
Voigt, Cynthia grew up in: southern CT now lives in: Deer Isle, ME
Weisgard, Leonard born in: New Haven
Weller, Frances Ward born in: Milford now lives on: Cape Cod
Williams, Karen Lynn born in: Hamden graduated from: UCONN
Collected from the goodnightmoon January 2015:
Annunziata, Jane. Why Am I an Only Child? (Magination, 1998) 5*
Because Eudora, a little rhino, is an only child, she tries to talk her parents into giving her a brother or sister so that she will no longer be lonely.
Bertrand, Cecile. Mr. and Mrs. Smith Have Only One Child, But What a Child! (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1992 – Out of Print) 5
Ursula is an only child, but she is “worth ten of any other” in her parents’ eyes.
Best, Cari. What’s So Bad About Being an Only Child? (Farrar, Straus, 2007 / Out of Print) 52
Rosemary Emma Angela Lynette Isabel Iris Malone grows tired of being an only child, but eventually finds a way to feel less alone.
Byrne, Gayle. Sometimes Just One is Just Right. (Abbeville Kids, 2013) 31
An only child describes the good and bad side of having no siblings, comparing his life especially to that of his cousin Nico, who has two brothers and a sister.
DePaola, Tomie. Now One Foot, Now the Other. (Putnam, 1981) 156
When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby teaches him to walk, just as his grandfather had once taught him.
Krantz, Linda. Only One You. (Rising Moon, 2006) 23
Adri promises to remember his parents’ words of wisdom about how to live his life, such as “Find your own way. You don’t have to follow the crowd” and “Make wishes on the stars in the nighttime sky.
Leman, Kevin. My Only Child, There’s No One Like You. (Revell, 2005) 6
Mama Bear shows just how special her little cub is by pointing out all of his special qualities and Only Cub knows that he is, indeed, loved.
Lindenbaum, Pija. 9780873589017. (R&S Books, 2004 – Out of Print) 19
Tells the story of Bridget who is tired of being an only child, but when she decides to try out as brothers some moose she finds sitting outside her building, she finds they don’t turn out to be the sort of siblings she had in mind.
Roth, Carol. Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night. (North South, 1999) 70
Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.
Seuss, Dr. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket. (Beginner Books, 1974) 304
?A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words.
Seuss, Dr. Wacky Wednesday. (Beginner Books, 1974) 155
?Drawings and verse point out the many things that are wrong one wacky Wednesday.
Shyer, Marlene Fanta. Here I Am, An Only Child. (Scribner, 1985) 16
A child presents the pros and cons of being an only child.
Smith, Wendy. The Lonely, Only Mouse. (Viking, 1986 – Out of Print) 6
A mouse who longs for a brother finds out how good life is as an only child when Cousin Charlie comes to visit.
Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny. (Hyperion, 2004) 227
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.
Winter, Ariel S. One of a Kind. (Aladdin, 2012) 11
Lysander Singleton tries his best to fit in at Twin Oaks Elementary, where all students are twins except him, but on the day of the Twindividuation contest his experience as an only child gives him a competitive edge.
Glatt, Lisa and Greenberg, Suzanne. Abigail Iris: The One and Only (Walker, 2009) 55
Abigail Iris thinks she would rather be an only child but after going on vacation with her best friend, who is an “Only,” she realizes there are benefits of being one of many.
Warner, Sally. Only Emma. (Viking, 2005) 91
Third-grader Emma’s peaceful life as an only child is disrupted when she has to temporarily share her tidy bedroom with four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto, a bona fide “pain in the patootie.”
* Number of holdings in ReQuest
Picture Books About Losing A Pet compiled by Linda Williams, Connecticut State Library (download .pdf)
A Funeral for Whiskers: Understanding Death by Lawrence Balter
Sandy is very sad and upset when her cat Whiskers dies, but her parents help her understand and accept the loss.
Angel Cat by Michael Garland
This is a book for any child who has ever loved an animal–a book for those who will always remember the pet that brought them joy.
Mustard by Charlotte Towner Graeber
Eight-year-old Alex and his family try to come to terms with the old age and death of their beloved cat.
The Bug Cemetery by Frances Hill
Neighborhood children imaginatively stage funerals for dead bugs, but they experience real sadness following the death of a pet.
Six is So Much Less Than Seven by Ronald Himler
After the death of one of his seven cats, an old man finds how much he misses his cat as he goes about the activities of each day.
The Best Cat in the World by Leslea Newman
A young boy deals with the loss of his beloved cat Charlie, eventually accepting the arrival of another, very different cat.
Big Cat Pepper by Elizabeth Partridge
Big Cat Pepper has always been part of the family, but after he grows very old and dies, the boy who loves him comes to understand his mother’s reassurance that “his spirit is forever and can fly, fly, fly.”
Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
God created Cat Heaven, with fields of sweet grass where cats can play, kitty-toys for them to enjoy, and angels to rub their noses and ears.
Desser the Best Ever Cat by Maggie Smith
A child describes how Dexter the cat had always been part of the family and how much he was loved even after he died.
Bimmi Finds a Cat by Elisabeth Jane Stewart
An eight-year-old Creole boy on Galveston Island grieves the death of his cat Crabmeat, but when another lost cat leads him to a new friend he starts to heal.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
In an attempt to overcome his grief, a boy tries to think of the ten best things about his dead cat.
Goodbye, Mitch by Ruth Wallace-Brodeur
A young boy describes how he feels when the family cat dies.
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye by Jane Yolen
A cat whose kitten days are far behind her says goodbye to her human family, and the animals and places that have made her life special, before leaving this life behind.
Return of Rex and Ethel by Arnold Adoff
Two girls who share many wonderful times with their beloved dogs, Rex and Ethel, find a special way to remember them when they die.
Blue House Dog by Deborah Blumenthal
A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another. (CIP) Dogs. Grief in children.
The Day Scooter Died: A Book About the Death of a Pet by Kathleen Long Bostrom
Mikey feels responsible for his dog Scooter’s accidental death, but his parents remind him that the dog loved him best of all and they can still love each other, although Scooter is now with God.
Good-Bye, Sheepie by Robert Burleigh
A father teaches his young son about death and remembrance as he buries their beloved dog.
The Accident by Carol Carrick
After his dog is hit by a truck and killed, Christopher must deal with his own feelings of depression and guilt.
Up in Heaven by Emma Chichester Clark
When Arthur’s dog, Daisy, goes to live in heaven, she is sad because she knows Arthur misses her so much. Then she thinks of a way to show him she’s thinking of him, and that lets him know she’s safe in heaven.
The Forever Dog by Bill Cochran
Mike and his dog Corky plan to be best friends forever, so when Corky becomes sick and dies, Mike is angry about the broken promise.
Jim’s Dog Muffins by Miriam Cohen
When Jim’s dog is killed, the other first graders experience with him his natural reactions to death.
Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas
When her dog Lulu dies, a girl grieves but then continues with her life.
A Dog Like Jack by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
After a long life of chasing squirrels, licking ice cream cones, and loving his adoptive family, an old dog comes to the end of his days.
Maggie and Silky and Joe by Amy Ehrlich
Joe, a young boy who grows up under the protection and companionship of his family’s cow dog, Maggie, and later with a stray puppy called Silky, must learn how to cope with loss when Maggie dies during a thunderstorm.
Murphy and Kate by Ellen Howard
Kate and her dog Murphy are best friends, and when Murphy dies Kate does not think she can ever be happy again.
Sally Goes to Heaven by Stephen Huneck
A beloved dog dies and goes to Heaven where she lives happily and helps to find her family on earth a new pet.
Black Dog Who Went Into the Woods by Edith Thacher Hurd
The various members of a family react to the death of their dog.
Better With Two by Barbara M. Joosse
Laura tries to make Mrs. Brady feel better when her dog Max dies.
Goodbye, Max by Holly Keller
Ben blames his parents for the death of his dog, Max, and does not want the new puppy they brought home.
Ada’s Pal by George Ella Lyon
A small dog suffers from a broken heart when her dog companion dies until a veterinarian advises the family that there is only one thing to do.
Jasper’s Day by Marjorie Blain Parker
This debut picture book deals with a subject fearful to every child’s heart–a beloved pet who is dying. This celebration of a dog’s last day speaks of acceptance, remembrance, and the importance of cherishing life’s every moment.
Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
Although devastated when his pet dog dies, a young boy goes trick-or-treating and receives a timely visit from an old friend during a scary encounter with graveyard skeletons.
Bonesy and Isabel by Michael J. Rosen
Isabel, an adopted Salvadoran girl, adjusts to her new life in America by befriending the old dog Bonesy, but then she must deal with her grief when he dies.
Sammy in the Sky by Barbara Walsh
A little girl tells about her special pet, Sammy, “the best hound dog in the whole world,” and how, after he becomes sick and dies, she comes to know the truth of her mother’s words, that Sammy’s spirit is everywhere.
I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
A child’s sadness at the death of a beloved dog is tempered by the remembrance of saying to it every night, “I’ll always love you.”
Harry & Hopper by Margaret Wild
Harry is devastated when he returns home from school to find that his beloved dog, Hopper, will no longer be there to greet him.
Toby by Margaret Wild
When Toby the dog gets old and sick and finally dies, the children who love him express their love in different ways.
The Old Dog by Charlotte Zolotow
When a young boy finds his old dog dead one morning, he spends the rest of the day thinking about all the good times they had together.
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Boris von der Borch is a tough pirate, but he cries when his parrot dies.
Good-Bye, Vivi! by Antonie Schneider
When Granny’s beloved canary Vivi dies, the family comes to accept it, as well as the idea that some day they will lose Granny as well.
Goodbye Mousie by Robie Harris
A boy grieves for his dead pet Mousie, helps to bury him, and begins to come to terms with his loss.
Helen the Fish by Virginia L. Kroll
When six-year-old Hannah’s beloved goldfish dies after a relatively long life, she seeks comfort from her older brother Seth.
Petey by Tobi Tobias
Emily has enjoyed her pet gerbil for five years, but one day after school she finds Petey huddled up in a corner of his cage.
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Updated December 22, 2014
These quotes were suggested by Goodnightmoon subscribers in May of 2014.
“What is a great love of books? It is something like a personal introduction to the great and good men of all past times. Books, it is true, are silent as you see them on their shelves; but, silent as they are, when I enter a library I feel as if almost the dead were present, and I know if I put questions to these books they will answer me with all the faithfulness and fullness which has been left in them by the great men who have left the books with us.”
— John Bright
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
— Emilie Buchwald
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
— May Ellen Chase
“He who has a library and a garden, wants for nothing.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
— Roald Dahl
[the last paragraph]
― Roald Dahl, in The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”
— Kate DiCamillo
“We live for books.”
― Umberto Eco
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), Scientist
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
― Charles W. Eliot
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
— Margaret Fuller
“You may have tangible wealth untold.
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a mother who read to me.”
— Strickland Gillilan
“He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.”
― John Green
“What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education.”
— Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education
“So it is with children who learn to read fluently and well: They begin to take flight into whole new worlds as effortlessly as young birds take to the sky.”
— William James
“No matter where they go, children lost in books will always find their way home.”
— Paul Jennings
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” }— Jacqueline Kennedy
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”
― Harold S. Kushner
“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
― Arnold Lobel
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.”
― Groucho Marx
“It is, however, not to the museum, or the lecture-room, or the drawing-school, but to the library, that we must go for the completion of our humanity. It is books that bear from age to age the intellectual wealth of the world.”
― Owen Meredith
“Why, I can go most anywhere by reading a good book.”
― Mark Kimball Moulton, in Scarecrow Pete
“I’d never felt like this before, but that was all it took-if reading made me feel this way, I knew that I was hooked!”
― Mark Kimball Moulton, in Scarecrow Pete
“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.”
― Barack Obama
“God loves little children but especially those who return their books on time.”
― Frances O’Brien, Head Librarian
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” ― Anna Quindlen
“Words, like flowers, have their colors too.”
― Ernest Rhys, (1859-1946), Author and Editor
“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”
― Carl Sagan
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
“You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax,
All you need is a good book.”
— Dr. Seuss
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
– Mark Twain
“It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.”
― Catherynne M. Valente,
The First Book Edition of John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address / proclamation by Lyndon B. Johnson ; illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1964.
This list was compiled by Linda Williams for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Most selected titles are loosely connected to Connecticut’s statewide summer reading theme, SCIENCE. Many have been selected as exemplary books by at least one of the following: American Library Association (ALA) the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA) or the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Note: There is little coverage of high school level titles by any of these organizations other than ALA and AAAS. (Download a .pdf of the list)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Coming of age in middle America, 18-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister. Lexile:
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, an earthman is saved by his friend. Together they journey through the galaxy. Lexile: 1000
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
In 2025 California, an eighteen-year-old African American woman, suffering from a hereditary trait that causes her to feel others’ pain as well as her own, flees northward from her small community and its desperate savages. Lexile: 710
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. Lexile: 900. Ebook can be downloaded for free here: http://bit.ly/1lLO4vt
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own. Lexile:
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Charlie Gordon, born with an unusually low IQ, must face his gradual return to his former state when the astounding results of an experimental surgery that increased his intelligence prove to be only temporary. Lexile:
The Carbon Diaries, 2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control. Lexile: 690
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World. Lexile: 860. Sequels: The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound,
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself. (Publisher) Lexile: 1070
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Dr. Moreau’s daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father’s island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. Lexile: 640
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong. Lexile:
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering. Lexile: 690
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them. Lexile: 690
How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial by Darryl Cunningham
Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about. Lexile:
Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein by Gris Grimly
Retells, in graphic novel format, Mary Shelley’s classic tale of a monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, who develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
Feynman by Jim Ottaviani
In this substantial graphic novel biography, First Second presents the larger-than-life exploits of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: Richard Feynman. Written by nonfiction comics mainstay Jim Ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by First Second author Leland Myrick, Feynman tells the story of the great man’s life from his childhood in Long Island to his work on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger disaster. Ottaviani tackles the bad with the good, leaving the reader delighted by Feynman’s exuberant life and staggered at the loss humanity suffered with his death. (Publisher) Lexile: 620
Steampunk Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Presents a collection of Poe’s short stories and poems, including “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Raven,” accompanied by steampunk-inspired illustrations. Lexile:
Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes
Examines the advances in cloning technology, including sensor-wearing seals, cyborg beetles, a bionic bulldog, and the world’s first cloned cat. Lexile:
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson
Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane–not cotton or tobacco–drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations under cruel overseers. And yet the very popularity of sugar gave abolitionists in England the one tool that could finally end the slave trade. This book traces the history of sugar from its origins in New Guinea around 7000 B.C. to its use in the 21st century to produce ethanol. Lexile: 1120
Gulp.: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Examines the alimentary canal and the digestive system, answering such questions as, can constipation kill a person, why the stomach doesn’t digest itself, how much can be eaten before the stomach bursts, and more. Lexile: . Or any book by Mary Roach.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Examines the experiences of the children and husband of Henrietta Lacks, who, twenty years after her death from cervical cancer in 1951, learned doctors and researchers took cells from her cervix without consent which were used to create the immortal cell line known as the HeLa cell; provides an overview of Henrietta’s life; and explores issues of experimentation on African-Americans and bioethics. Lexile: 1140
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil deGrasse Tyson
A collection of essays on the cosmos, written by an American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist, includes “Holy Wars,” “Ends of the World,” and “Hollywood Nights.” Lexile: 1300
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
A study of what would happen to Earth if the human presence was removed examines our legacy for the planet, from the objects that would vanish without human intervention to those that would become long-lasting remnants of humankind. Lexile:
The Radioactive Boys Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein
This book recreates David Hahn’s nuclear quest to build a breeder reactor in his backyard garden shed. Lexile: 1300
ALA, Outstanding Books for the College Bound
Favorites & Classics
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school. Lexile: 690
Kindred by Octavia Butler
A young African-American woman is mysteriously transferred back in time leading to an irresistible curiosity about her family’s past. Lexile: 580
Feed by M. T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble. Lexile: 770
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Set in the near future, America has become a puritanical theocracy and Offred tells her story as a Handmaid under the new social order. Lexile: 750
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Young Ender Wiggin may prove to be the military genius Earth needs to fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race that will determine the future of the human race. Lexile: 780
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
A young girl living in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago ponders the advantages and disadvantages of her environment and evaluates her relationships with family and friends. Lexile: 850
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie. Lexile: 720
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Follows nine-year-old Oskar Schell as he encounters a number of interesting characters in his search for information about his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and tries to find the lock that fits the mysterious key he left behind. Lexile: 940
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Lexile: 850
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-yearold boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Lexile: 1180
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-yearold Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.Lexile: 670
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime. Lexile: 380
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father’s romantic and her mother’s practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. Lexile: 810
Buried Onions by Gary Soto
When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California. Lexile: 850
Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Shiver trilogy by Maggie Steifvater
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld