Advisory Lists · fiction

Where Will You Go This Summer?

Summer is a time to travel. Many take trains, buses, boats and airplanes to get to their destinations.  One simple mood of transport is through books. Jump in to these middle grade  summer reads and let them take you where they will. Happy Summer Reading!!!



A boy sent to music camp encounters a bully.

A young girl finds out her mother has cancer and discovers many lessons in the journey to helping her.

A widowed father and his four daughters has an adventured filled summer.

A girl from the Bronx has an island  adventure filled with mystery.

A twelve-year-old girl spends her summer in New Mexico and learns new things about herself.

A girl at summer cap invents a prankster sibling to gain popularity and her best-friend neglected reveals the truth.

A summer with grandmother turns out to be a lot more exciting than one expects.

A young  deals with  grief while spending her summer at a Shakespearean theater festival for the summer.


Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Picture Books-Summer

Summer is here!!!

Check out these titles at your local library.


Gretchen Over The Beach by A.W. Alley

Splash, Anna Hibicus! by Atinuke & Lauren Tobia

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Duck & Goose Go To The Beach by Tad Hills

Water In The Park: A Book About Water &The Times of The Day by Stephanie Graegen

Out of The Blue by Alison Jay

Mouse First Summer by Lauren Thompson

Carl’s Summer by  Alexandra Day




Advisory Lists · Home


Summer is the time of freedom and discovery. Some go to other countries to find themselves and others discover secrets right in their backyard. Here are some middle grade fiction coming of age stories. Happy Summer Reading!!


Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Dreamer Wisher Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy


Please check out these titles at your local library.

Advisory Lists · Non-Fiction


I found this wonderful non-fiction text on birds and thought I would share a list of non-fiction titles on birds that I enjoyed and think you will too. Happy Reading!!!


Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland

A look on how different nests are made by different birds.

About Birds: A guide for Children by Cathry Sill and Illustrated by John Sill

An introduction to birds from  flight to nests. Detailed resources on the birds mentioned in the back.

Thunder Birds by Jim Arnosky

A look on different birds of prey with  life size illustrations.

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

A poetic look on different ways bird nests are constructed.

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre

The habits of the Turkey Vulture.

Owls by Gail Gibbons

Information on everything you need to know about owls.


Please check out these titles at your local library.

Advisory Lists · Poetry

New Children’s Titles



Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen

A collection of poems the looks into the underground and digs deeper.

Feel The Beat: Dance Poems that Zing from Salsa to Swing  by Marilyn Singer

Poems that introduces the reader to different dances that exist in different cultures around the world.


Fairy-Tale/Folk Tale/Fable 



Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant

A tale as old as time retold with an interesting ending.

The Crane Girl  adapted  by Curtis Manley

A young boy saves a crane and his life is never the same.

Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Jerry Pinkney

A new look on an old fable.

Please let me know your thoughts below. Happy reading!

Advisory Lists · Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction Works by Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky is an Artist, Naturalist and Author. He writes amazing non-fiction books on the natural world for children and his illustrations are breath taking. Here are some titles please check them out at your local library. All these non-fiction titles are good for grades 1-5. Happy Reading!!!


Advisory Lists · Poetry

Poetry About Nature

The earth contains many things. The Collections below are poems about the different nuances of the earth. Happy Reading!!!



Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Picture Books—Whales

Here are some picture books featuring whales. Please check out these titles and others at your local library.

Happy reading!!!



Advisory Lists · Picture Books

Picture Books—Lost & Bereavement

books about lost 2Books about lost

Check out these titles and others at your local library!!!

Advisory Lists

Read-a-likes !

Hello all

I have read The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart and I loved it! It is refreshing to read a book  featuring dynamic children protagonists which  has no magical aspects  in it. In The Mysterious Benedict Society  the children are recruited by adults to save the world based on their unusual abilities. If  you have read this series and loved it and are looking for something similar than I have just the thing! The Ability by M.M. Vaughn also feature extraordinary children who at the age of twelve have the heighten ability to do and learn remarkable things with their minds.  These children with “the ability” are recruited to save various facility members from an old institution,who are being attacked through their minds. Though The Ability is darker in tone than The Mysterious Benedict Society,  they  share in common a mystery  and the need for adults to be saved. Interested? Please check it out at your nearest library. Enjoy!