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Early Chapter Books

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Do you have a 1st grader who is an advanced reader? Or maybe you have a 3rd or 4th grader who is still overwhelmed by heavy chapter books. Either way, the following list is a selection of beginning chapter books that appeal to a wide variety of readers. And the best news is, most of them range in AR reading level from 2.0-4.0. These books are great for reading aloud as well!

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Amelia Bedelia chapter books

Bad Kitty chapter books

Chicken Squad

Clementine

Flat Stanley

Geronimo Stilton

Horrible Harry

Ivy & Bean

Judy Moody

Junie B.  Jones

Magic Tree House

Mercy Watson

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew

Nate the Great

Stink

Back to School Books!

Summer flew by us and now it’s already time to return to school. To help ease the transition from summer to school, pick up a book with a character who is feeling the same way as you!

 

Back to School by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Back to School, Weird Kids Rule! by Dan Gutman

Just Jake by Jake Marcionette

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman

Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by Stan Berenstain

Mia Dances Back to School by Robin Farley

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

Bessica Lefter Bites Back by Kristen Tracy

Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School

 

Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

 

Siblings Josh and Sophie discover that the owner of a bookstore is none other than the famous Nicholas Flamel.First in a series.

 


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

In this graphic novel, Lyle, Karen, Janie, and Reese must find a way off an island while they dodge strange and dangerous creatures.


 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Nate has a plan that—with a little luck—will take him from his non-fabulous Pennsylvania town to New York City and land him a role in E.T.: The Musical.


 

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A gripping account of the development of nuclear weapons and the global fight for control of power.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tragedy changes Willow’s quirky but comfortable life, and as she adapts, she changes the lives of those around her.


 

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Outspoken and funny sixteen-year-old Amal, lover of shopping and television, decides to wear the hijab full time and perseveres despite resistance from classmates, townspeople, and even relatives.


Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox

This graphic novel tells the unforgettable true stories of three wars heroes from three different eras—World War I, World War II, and Vietnam—and they all happened to have four legs.


 

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Meet amazing dolphins that have learned to use tools to hunt for their dinner.


 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama abounds on and off the stage in this hilarious graphic novel about school theater productions.


Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

In this fairy tale world, Raven Queen does not want to be evil like her mother, and Apple White, daughter of Snow White, is willing to be a little bad.


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene vowed never to get involved in another middle-school con, but he is put to the test when the girl of his dreams runs for class president.


 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

When Elizabeth begins working in the New York Circulating Material Repository, she learns that some of the objects (and people) aren’t as normal as they seem.


Legend by Marie Lu

For those who like The Hunger Games, meet slumborn Day and elite-born June as they fight to save their lives and their world. First in a trilogy.


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

In 1958, in Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration.


The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

When plucky machinist Piper rescues Anna after a meteor shower, both girls stow away on an armored train to escape the man chasing them.


Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe’s plan to break every rule in the school handbook is soon out of his control.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Three girls spend an unforgettable summer in the 1960s with their longlost mother and learn about Black Power, revolution, and forgiveness.


Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Initially expecting a simple trip to rescue a border collie, Ben finds himself traveling by school bus with his enthusiastic father, a crusty mechanic, and other colorful characters.


 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

In a London overrun by ghosts, Lucy works with the ghost-hunting agency Lockwood & Co. to combat hauntings. First in a series.


A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

When Alex falls head over heels in love with the mysterious Bijou, he is going to have to break out of his shell to woo her.


Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

When Nick holds a yard sale to get rid of the junk in the attic of his new home, he realizes too late that all the objects have mysterious powers and he needs to get them back.


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Survivors’ accounts bring the Titanic disaster to life.


 

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A heartfelt story of the coming of age of seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood in the 1960s, as he struggles with the everyday traumas of adolescence and matures under the watchful eyes of his teacher and through the words of William Shakespeare.


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda receives a series of mysterious notes, but will she be too late to stop the tragedy the notes predict?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman, a fifth-grader born with a facial deformity, is about to start mainstream school for the first time in this funny, touching book.


 

Stay tuned for our staff picks for pre-K and grades 9-12!

2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards

The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours:

 

Spooky Poetry!

For this month’s teen reading challenge, teens had to read two books and write a Halloween haiku in order to be entered to win two tickets to Talon Falls: Dead End Haunted House.

Here are the spooky haiku’s we received!

Happy Halloween
It is fun to trick or treat
I scare small children.
-Ashley

The masked murderer,
He stalks his prey like a wolf,
During the dark night…
-Luke

Samhaini holiday.
Dress up, pranks, sweets, honor, death.
Now then, trick or treat?
-Alexia

Spooky, scary, fun
October thirty first, dark,
Candy, costumes, masks.
-Cassandra

Demons and ghouls roaming streets,
Or costumed children.
This is Halloween.
-Tyler

One dark lonely night,
I was scared out of my sight.
I saw a scary shadow.
But then I realized.
It was only me.
On Halloween night.
-Noah

It was a spooky spooky night.
Everything was deadly quiet.
Through the window.
Came a bright light that shone out the night.
-Noah

He got adopted
Then he forgot about
Next he saved Sam.
-Alyssa

With bats at great heights,
And vampires in the night,
Ghosts are in their flight.
-Jessica

There was a ghost house
A ghost lived in the ghost house
Happy Halloween!
-Cayla

The Teen Reading Challenge is monthly, so keep your eyes peeled for November and December! Good job, teen readers!

Books About Bullies and Bullying

Unfortunately, bullying is a very real and scary experience in schools, workplaces, and in other daily situations. The following is a selection of juvenile fiction books (grades 3-7) you can find at the library that explore the world of bullies and the bullied. Check back for another list of young adult fiction books (grades 7-12), as well as nonfiction selections that might help you or someone you know deal with a bullying problem.

*Most importantly, please remember that if someone is bullying you, or you have seen it happen to someone else, notify an authority figure like a teacher, principal, librarian, or other adult immediately. There is no excuse for bullying, and the problem should be addressed as quickly as possible.*

 

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Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Amelia’s Bully Survival Guide by Marissa Moss

B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy) by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Double Dutch by Sharon Draper

DWEEB: Burgers, Beasts, and Brainwashed Bullies by Aaron Starmer

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner

Everyone’s a Critic by Rachel Wise

Home Court by Amar’e Stoudemire 

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

How to Beat the Bully Without Really Trying by Scott Starkey

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements

The Life of Me: Enter at Your Own Risk by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

My Rotten Life by David Lubar

The New Girl by Meg Cabot

The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Radio Fifth Grade by Gordon Korman

The Way by Joseph Bruchac

 

 

American Girl Book Club!

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Kaya

Kaya

The library’s first American Girl Book Club was on Saturday, March 30, 2013. We’ll be highlighting each girl in historical order, so Native American Kaya was the focus of the first meeting. Nine girls met to discuss Kaya and the Native American life, particularly as the Nez Perce, Kaya’s tribe, would have experienced it in the Pacific Northwest in 1764. We talked about what food Kaya would have eaten, what she did for fun, how the Nez Perce Indians traveled, and how Kaya learned living in an Indian community. Each girl made a bear claw necklace with colorful beads. We then snacked on dried fruits and nuts while talking more about the life of a Native American in the 18th century. The girls had a great time and each one had wonderful insight to add to the discussion.

 

Felicity

Felicity

The next American Girl Book Club will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 3 pm in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. We’ll be discussing Felicity, a colonial girl from 1774. Hope to see you there!

Children’s Book Week Winners!

 

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Category:

Winner: Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole

Finalists:

Bailey by Harry Bliss

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell

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3rd-4th Grade Category:

Winner: Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel

Finalists:

A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech

The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

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5th-6th Grade Category:

Winner: Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

Finalists:

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan 

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein

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Teen Category:

Winner: Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare

Finalists: 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Divergent by Veronica Roth 

Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

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Author of the Year: Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever

Finalists:

Christopher Paolini for Inheritance

James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

Rick Riordan for Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

Rachel Renee Russell for Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries 3)

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Illustrator of the Year: Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck

Finalists:

Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut

Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home With Mama

Victoria Kann for Silverlicious

Best new historical fiction

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History, mystery, and adventure – check out the best historical fiction from the last two years! Most of these have fantastic companion audiobooks as well.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (2012 Newbery Honor Book!)

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

City of Orphans by Avi

In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works. Includes historical notes.

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that’s hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear…

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

Five 4ths of July by Pat Raccio Hughes

On July 4th, 1777, fourteen-year-old Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation’s independence, but over the next four years Jake finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances as he battles British forces, barely survives captivity on a prison ship, and finally returns home to Connecticut, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for America’s future.

A Month of Sundays by Ruth White

In the summer of 1956 while her mother is in Florida searching for a job, fourteen-year-old April Garnet Rose, who has never met her father, stays with her terminally ill aunt in Virginia and accompanies her as she visits different churches, looking for God.

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt 

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

R My Name is Rachel by Patricia Reilly Giff

Three city siblings, now living on a farm during the Great Depression, must survive on their own when their father takes a construction job miles away.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Riot by Walter Dean Myers

In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City.

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Seventeen-year-old socialite Gloria secretly longs to be a flapper, but now that she is engaged to Sebastian, she must leave her partying days behind, until her future is threatened by an alluring jazz musician who encourages Gloria to risk everything.

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

Thirteen-year-old Olivene Love gets tangled up in a murder mystery when her itinerant preaching family arrives in the small town of Binder, Arkansas in 1957.

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.

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The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox chronicles) by Mary Pearson

   In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Among the Hidden (Shadow Children series) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

   In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

 Behind the Gates (Tomorrow Girls series) by Eva Gray

   In a terrifying new world, four girls must depend on one another if they want to survive. Disaster and destruction are all thirteen-year-old Louisa has ever known. But now she and her best friend Maddie, are among the lucky few being sent to boarding school, far from home. Finally, a taste of freedom! Country Manor School isn’t perfect: The girls’ roommates are tough to get along with, and the school is hard work. Still, Louisa loves CMS–the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn’t even miss not having TV, or the Internet, or any contact with home. It’s for their own safety, after all. Or is it?

Birthmarked trilogy by Caragh M. O’Brien

In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.

 Blood Red Road (Dustlands trilogy) by Moira Young

   In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

The City of Ember (Books of Ember series) by Jeanne DuPrau

   In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Sixteen-year-old Neva, born and raised under the electrified Protectosphere that was built when civilization collapsed in violent warfare, puts her friends, family, and life at risk when she tries to find out if their world is built on a complex series of lies and deceptions.

Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love. 

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. 

Enclave (Razorland series) by Ann Aguirre

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong– and dangerous. 

Eve trilogy by Anna Carey

In 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus has wiped out most of the earth’s population, Eve discovers the terrible fate that awaits students when they graduate from their all-girls school, and she sets off on a treacherous journey into the wilds of The New America, searching for a place where she can survive.

The Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother’s path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena. 

The Giver trilogy by Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. 

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (sequel: Sapphique)

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking trilogy) 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. 

Legend by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. 

Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well? 

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

 

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