Just in time for the Bookshare summer reading contest, check out our 2013 Summer Reading List! These include fun, fascinating, suspenseful, and inspiring stories recommended by The American Library Association .
And, if you are not yet participating in the Bookshare “Catch Up on Summer Reading” contest for individual student members, start today and enter for a chance to win cool prizes like a tablet, gift cards, or Read2Go apps from Bookshare! Many thanks to the Bookshare collection staff for pulling these book recommendations together.
Titles for Younger Readers
Extra Yarn. By Mac Barnett . Illus. by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray.
A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl’s transformation of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn. (A 2013 Caldecott Honor Book)
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors. By Hena Khan. Illus. by Mehrdokht Amini. Chronicle.
A look at Muslim life through the eyes of a child, sharing family experiences; the warm illustrations and
Nighttime Ninja. By Barbara DaCosta. Illus. by Ed Young. Little, Brown.
A ninja stealthily goes about his mission until his mother catches him and puts him to bed. Illustrations in a dark palette of cut paper and mixed-media intensify the story’s intrigue.
This Is Not My Hat. By Jon Klassen. Illus. by the author. Candlewick.
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat, but it fits him just right. And the big fish wants his hat back. (The 2013 Caldecott Medal Book)
Titles for Middle Readers
Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story behind an American Friendship. By Russell Freedman. illus. Clarion/Houghton.
Liar & Spy. By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb.
What’s real and what’s deception? This subtle story, with unlikely friendships and secrets to be revealed, will intrigue readers and encourage a second reading.
May B. By Caroline Starr Rose. Random/Schwartz & Wade.
In this verse novel, dyslexic May B. is sent to help a couple in a soddy on the Kansas plains. Suddenly, May B. must fend for herself as winter approaches. A grittier story for Little House fans.
The One and Only Ivan. By Katherine Applegate. Illus. by Patricia Castelao. HarperCollins/Harper.
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle.
Starry River of the Sky. By Grace Lin. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.
Rendi, a runaway, finds work at a small inn. Mysterious guest shares mystical stories, helping Rendi discover truths about himself and the world. Lovely Chinese-style illustrations make the complete package.
Wonder. By R. J. Palacio. Knopf.
Born with facial deformities, August chooses to attend “regular” school for the first time. Told from many perspectives, this is a powerful novel about friendship and acceptance.
Titles for Older Readers
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Simon & Schuster.
This truly universal novel about the friendship of two boys on the edge of manhood addresses issues of identity, friendship, family, and love. (The 2013 Belpré Author Medal Book, a Printz Honor Book, and the Stonewall Award Book)
Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. By Jim Murphy and Alison Blank. Illus. Clarion/Houghton.
This meticulously organized and thorough account of the disease tracks its ancient history, its treatments, and the ongoing pursuit of a cure.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. By Annabel Pitcher. Little, Brown.
A painful, sometimes comic, but ultimately hopeful, story about a family coping with grief, while confronting their own biases against Muslims.
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano. By Sonia Manzano. Scholastic Press/Scholastic.
In 1969 Spanish Harlem, fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is caught in a whirlwind of events led by the revolutionary Young Lords and learns to value her own culture and history. (A 2013 Belpré Author Honor Book)
Seraphina. By Rachel Hartman. Random.