Summer is in full swing—and there’s nothing like lounging on the beach, by the pool or in a hammock with a good book. To encourage your kids to continue to hit the books on their break, local librarians have suggested these top titles.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague
This new spin on an old favorite follows three pigs’ purchases: potato chips, ‘sody’-pop and building supplies. But this time around, when the Somewhat Bad Wolf comes to blow their houses down—the fun and friendships begin.
Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
For kids who can’t get enough of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Big Nate comes to the rescue with loads of laughs.
ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle
The Life of Ty series, a spinoff from The Winnie Years, features Winnie Perry’s baby brother, Ty, a 7-year-old dreamer with wacky, but well-intended schemes.
Dorko the Magnificent by Andrea Beaty
In this humorous and heartfelt story, Robbie Darko is a magician—if only he could pull off a great show and lose his nickname, Dorko. When he discovers his grandma was once a famous magician, he convinces her to teach him the tricks of the trade.
KIRKWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng
In this tale of friendship and family, Anna’s parents adopt a baby girl from China. As she strives to be a good sister and a good friend, the baby becomes ill and a science project created by Anna and her best friends may be the remedy.
Every Day After by Laura Golden
Lizzie Hawkins’s dad has disappeared. As she and her mom struggle with the loss and economic hardship, Lizzie finds something to rely on: herself.
UNIVERSITY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
What About My Goldfish? by Pamela Greenwood
When Jamie's family moves to a new town, he is concerned about how his pets will adjust. And while remedying their problems, he also finds answers to his own.
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
In the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, new and old friends combine forces to set sail on a mysterious adventure to an ancient land.
WEBSTER GROVES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Robot Rampage by Jodie Shepherd and The Artifact Group
Austin is a robot repairman in Mega City, where robots never seem to need help…until one robot after another has a breakdown. Austin and his friends soon realize Professor Bug has taken control of all of the robots, and they must save their city from his rule.
The Lightning Catcher by Anne Cameron
The first book in a comedy-fantasy series follows 11-year-old Angus, an ordinary boy who discovers he can control extreme weather. After learning his parents, who are lightning-catchers, have been kidnapped, Angus and his friends must use their magical powers to rescue them.