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2016 Summer Reading List


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Picture Books

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Daniel Miyares (North-South)
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; illus. by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown)
Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier (Abrams)
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the author (Porter/Roaring Brook)
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! / Olinguito, from A to Z!: Descubriendo el bosque nublado / Unveiling the Cloud Forest by Lulu Delacre; illus. by the author (Children’s Book Press/Lee & Low)
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; illus. by Rafael López (Houghton)
Waiting by Kevin Henkes; illus. by the author (Greenwillow)
I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora; illus. by the author (Paulsen/Penguin)
Tiptoe Tapirs by Hanmin Kim; illus. by the author; trans. from the Korean by Sera Lee (Holiday)
Flutter & Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis; illus. by the author (Holt)


Early Readers and Primary Grades

Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event by Rebecca Bond; illus. by the author (Ferguson/Farrar)
Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks by Skila Brown; illus. by Bob Kolar (Candlewick)
Flop to the Top! by Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing; illus. by the authors (TOON)
Amazing Places poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illus. by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale (Lee & Low)
Flying Frogs and Walking Fish: Leaping Lemurs, Tumbling Toads, Jet-Propelled Jellyfish, and More Surprising Ways That Animals Move by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page; illus. by Steve Jenkins (Houghton)
Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin; illus. by the author (Little, Brown)
Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers; illus. by the author (TOON)
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick; illus. by Sophie Blackall (Little, Brown)
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (Roaring Brook)
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author (Abrams)



Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
George by Alex Gino (Scholastic)
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm; illus. by Matthew Holm; color by Lark Pien (Graphix/Scholastic)
Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins (Scholastic)
The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk [Scientists in the Field series] by Sy Montgomery; photos by Keith Ellenbogen (Houghton)
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; illus. by Francis Vallejo (Candlewick)
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar (Delacorte)
Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith (Clarion)
What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White (Dlouhy/Atheneum)
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Ekua Holmes (Candlewick)


Middle School

Booked by Kwame Alexander (Houghton)
The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos (Farrar)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Amulet/Abrams)
To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson (Levine/Scholastic)
Shadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure by Kekla Magoon (Bloomsbury)
Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; illus. by Emily Carroll (Candlewick)
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes (Viking)
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel; illus. by Jon Klassen (Simon)
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (Lamb/Random)


High School

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum (Viking)
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose (Farrar)
I Crawl Through It by A. S. King (Little, Brown)
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick)
My Seneca Village by Marilyn Nelson (Namelos)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Dlouhy/Atheneum)
Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson; illus. by the author (HarperTeen)
The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)

These titles were featured in the 2016 Summer Reading list.

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