Children and Teen Book Recommendations

Children and Teen New Book Suggestions

Picture Books

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
There is Loader and Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane. They are ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. Who wants to help most of all? Little Excavator! But are there any jobs for someone so small? With rhyming text and inviting illustrations, this a perfect read aloud for fans of things that go.



Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming
When Pig plops into his sty at bedtime, he finds Cow fast asleep in his spot. “Go sleep in your own bed!” he squeals, and sends her packing. But when Cow snuggles down into her stall, she finds Hen sleeping there and so begins a chain reaction of snoozing animals being sent off to their own beds. This funny read-aloud from award-winning author Denise Fleming is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
This laugh-out-loud picture book tells the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors





The Science Behind Superman’s Strength by Agnieszka Biskup
The Man of Steel can defeat his enemy with his super-strength. But what is strength? What makes it possible and can anyone or anything in the real world match Superman’s muscles? Get ready to explore and learn about the amazing science of strength.


Middle Grades

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
The fox dreams of being the terror of the barnyard but not even the hens take him seriously. Even the wolf, the most fearsome beast of the forest, can’t teach him how to be a proper predator. It looks like the fox will have to spend the rest of his life eating turnips. But then the wolf comes up with the perfect plan. If the fox steals some eggs, he can hatch the chicks and raise them to be a plump, juicy chicken dinner. Unfortunately, this plan falls apart when the chicks hatch and call the fox Mommy.


Fair Ball by Derek Jeter

Derek has a lot to look forward to this summer. School is almost out, his baseball team is competing in the playoffs and soon he will heading to his grandparents’ house for vacation. But when his best friend Dave starts to act strangely, Derek becomes so distracted that he makes a mistake in the outfield during a key play—and his team loses the game. With the championship at stake and finals looming, Derek needs to stay focused or risk everything.


Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
When Prez is sent to live with a foster family in the country he meets Sputnik—a kid who is more than a little strange. It turns out that Sputnik is an alien, and he’s on an important mission: the Earth has been marked for destruction, and the only way they can stop it is to come up with ten reasons why the planet should be saved.
So Prez and Sputnik set out on a journey to discover just what makes our world so remarkable in this funny story about finding one’s place in the universe.


The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world – except that her family thinks she is too young to fly on her own. She decides to prove them wrong by capturing a human. But when her prisoner tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she is transformed into a puny human without any sharp teeth, fire breath, or claws. Now she must travel to the city and find the chocolate house (which sounds delicious) in order to get back her dragon appearance and strength.


Restart by Gordon Korman
Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have different reactions to his return. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. It’s not only a question of who Chase was but who he’s going to be in this funny story about a kid who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.


The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! By David Pagano
Have you ever wondered what your LEGO creations would look like on the big screen? The LEGO Animation Book will show you how to bring your models to life with stop-motion animation–no experience required! Follow step-by-step instructions to make your first animation, and then explore the entire filmmaking process, from storyboards to post-production.



Young Adult

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz
The year is 1777 and the American Revolution is underway. General George Washington has a new right-hand man, a mysterious young colonel named Alexander Hamilton.
One fateful evening 19-year-old Alexander meets 17-year old Elizabeth Schyler and an epic love story begins that will change the course of American history forever.



Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo
Darcy’s dad has moved their family from England to the snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, and Darcy misses her friends, civilization, and WiFi. She is also feeling sick and getting weaker with each day and having strange dreams—or are they something else? Then she finds an injured mother bear whose cubs were killed by hunters. The bear needs Darcy just as much as Darcy needs her. Darcy must help her, even though she might not be well enough to take care of the bear, let alone herself.


  The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano
Tori Burns and her family have just inherited a strange house under mysterious circumstances. One night Tori shockingly witnesses a young man claw his way out of the ground under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.  Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the neighbors, the Slaughter family. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets – secrets they want to keep buried at any cost.


   Into the Hurricane by Neil Connelly
Eli and Max both have good reasons to go to the lighthouse on Shackles Island but neither of them expected the approaching the storm. Now Hurricane Celeste is roaring toward Shackles Island, and its power will break bridges, slash electric lines, and stir up deadly wildlife. When the ruthless Odenkirk family steals Max’s Jeep with her most precious possession inside, she and Eli begin a desperate quest to get it back and get off the island.


  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, dreams and ambitions, successes and disappointments. Drawing from the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love and friendship of the Van Gogh brothers.




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