Summer Reading

Picture Books

Meet Brian. He's a pig but not an ordinary one. He is a pig that wears... JEANS! Jeans with many pockets! What he keeps inside those pockets is a mystery until one day, while on a walk with his friend Nathan the Unicorn, the secret is revealed.As Brian saves the day ...
Macca the Alpaca and his best pal, Al, have been waiting for the perfect day to go on a picnic. When the sun finally comes out, they quickly pack loads of yummy foods for their picnic feast and set off on their way. But as they travel, they come up against a number of challeng...
Thelma is an ordinary pony who dreams of being a unicorn. And through a little bit of chance, and a strange dash of pink glitter-coloured fate, her dream comes true! Suddenly Thelma is transformed into a unicorn and becomes an international sensation.But fame comes ...
By Robert Munsch, Illustrated By Dave Whamond
Amy stays up late watching TV, and in the morning she doesn’t get up for school. Her whole family tries, to no avail, to get her on her feet. Finally, they give up and take her to school in her bed. There she snores away, through math, through recess, through gym, through En...
IS Indigenous Stories
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Bestseller
The Innu word Nutshimit signifies the physical and social space to practice traditional activities and language. Join author Melissa Mollen Dupuis on a guided walk deep through the forest to learn some of the rich culture of the Innu people.Readers will discover the...
RI Racialized Identities
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In this exploration of what it truly means to swim, expansive vignettes introduce sandpipers, tannin-soaked lakes, and the feeling of a small waterfall on sun-soaked shoulders. But what about those who are afraid of the water’s mysterious ways and resist learning to swim? Paint...
Pig was a pugand I’m sorry to say,when he went on vacationhe’d cause great dismay.When Pig, the world’s most selfish pug, goes on holid...
By Julia Donaldson, Illustrated By Axel Scheffler
Toad in trouble? Beetle in a jam? Never fear -- Superworm is here! And he's wiggling to the rescue! But when Superworm is captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard, will his friends find a way to help their favorite superhero escape? From t...

Chapter Book Series

The next installment in the hilarious Bad Guys series!
Ari and his friends have discovered a portal to a parallel universe. And Ari is shocked to find that in this world, he's a millionaire! With a butler, dragon pets, and all the candy he could possibly eat, why would Ari ever want to go back home? Or is there something more thre...
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Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confi...
RI Racialized Identities
Commended
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confi...
By Valerie Bolling, Illustrated By Kai Robinson
RI Racialized Identities
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confi...
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confide...
Pick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading con...

Graphic Novels

By Rex Ogle, Illustrated By Dave Valeza
RI Racialized Identities
It's time to face facts! On the first day of seventh grade, Rex encounters a bump in the road -- a big angry pimple right in the center of his forehead. And this is only the beginning of his problems. What follows is a frustrating battle with stubborn acn...
Mitch and his friends thought that they were having an average day at school. Their principal, Principal Borelox, was being awful as usual, and Roger and his cronies were getting on their nerves. But when Mitch accidentally spills his drink on his computer in the tech lab, som...
IE Immigrant Experiences RI Racialized Identities RP Read with Pride
Goodbye, old life... Lia and her family are waiting to board a flight across the Atlantic, leaving behind family, friends, and Romania -- the only home Lia has ever known. But Lia's heartache is overshadowed by the discomfort of her first period. As if th...
Nat's class trip is a bigger adventure than she imagined! Nat is on an overnight class trip to Philadelphia, which is her first time in a big city without her parents. And it's a big deal because Nat's mom and dad are finally giving her the indepen...
After her confrontation with Ikol, Emily finally understands the stone's power and what she must do to defend Alledia from the shadows. As she travels to Typhon to help her mom and Navin, Prince Trellis returns to the Kingdom of the Elves to save his countrymen -- and confront th...
Commended
School’s out for the Lunch Club and the gang have very different ideas on how to spend their summer vacations. Mr. Peabody’s hitting the beach, Tia’s literally cleaning up the swamp and Leo has a can’t-miss, get-rich-quick plan.Leo lands a big customer, the ...
RI Racialized Identities
In the city where Leon lives, superheroes -- and supervillains -- are commonplace. So how does an ordinary kid like Leon, who has no superpowers himself, become the superhero he wants to be? When all his classmates suddenly become obsessed with a new phone app that turns them ...

Middle-Grade Novels

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Why go through the stress of making friends when you can just pretend? It works for Eden and their social anxiety . . . until their mom announces she’s throwing them a birthday party and all their friends are invited. Eden’s “friends,” Duke, Ramon...
Twelve-year-old Paige Coopersmith and her family have won a house in an essay-writing contest. Excited to leave their cramped apartment and move to a sprawling property in rural Ontario, they’re more than a little surprised to find the house is old and in need of major repai...
Mia Tang is play to win! The Women’s World Cup is coming to Southern California, and everyone has soccer fever—especially Mia Tang! The U.S. team is playing China in the finals, and Mia feels like her two identities are finally coming together. But wh...
With talons united... Luna has always wanted to change the world -- to fix it, to free it -- even if she’s never actually known how. Now that all of dragon- and humankind are in mortal danger, Luna is flying back home to Pantala with a team of dragons o...
Shortlisted
It’s the summer before high school and Jacob and his friends are determined to make it a memorable one. This may be the last couple of months they have together; once school starts, they’ll be going their separate ways: Ichiro’s family is moving to Japan, and while Jacob...
Yash is the best athlete at Robinette Middle School. So good, in fact, that he’s already been playing on the high school’s JV sports teams. Imagine his shock when he learns that his JV practices have kept him from earning a board-mandated credit for eighth-grade PE. To gra...
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Ask Simon O’Keeffe why his family moved to tiny Grin And Bear It, Nebraska, and he’ll tell you they were driven out of Omaha by alpacas.In Simon’s version of the story, a blessing of the animals went sideways, his dad got fired from his church job, and the who...

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