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Back-to-School Reads for 2015

School is back in session.

And with school, comes reading. In honor of the time of year, here is a great list of brand new 2015 back-to-school reads to get your kids in the reading spirit:

  1. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten by Marc Brown

This is a really great book for kids just starting school for the first time. It’s about a monkey who is apprehensive to start school. The whole time he worries about all the things that could go wrong, but eventually his fears are assuaged and he begins to look forward to school. It’s a great read for kids adjusting to just starting school, especially if they are fearful of starting a new grade. Great for ages 2-6.

  1. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

This story is all about the puzzles. A little girl named Emily moves to San Francisco where the writer of a famous game called Book scavenger, has been shot and robbed of a valuable book.  It’s now up to Emily to crack the code before the thieves do. It’s a great book with puzzles and brain games that is great to help a kid to warm up at the beginning of the school year. It’s great for ages 7 to 12.

  1. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

This one is a contemporary realistic novel about two teens who fall in love after being reunited from a childhood friendship. The feelings between the two grows into love through their connection of childhood trauma. The book has mentions of parental kidnapping, overprotective parents, and coming out, but the author keeps the language accessible to young adult readers ages 13-17.

  1. Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton

This book is unique in its style. It’s clear black and white images set under striking orange poetic text. The book not only greatly illustrates he life of the wild, but it shows all the animals in different sets of numbers. Its a great book for any kid suffering with, or just starting to learn about, numbers.

  1. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

This is a middle grade mystery involving puzzles. Theodora is given a painting by her dying grandfather in which she enlists the help of her neighbors to find out the puzzle that lies within it. This is great for middle grade ages.

  1. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

This is a great YA novel about a forbidden love story involving a complicated family. In the book, two half sisters team up with their others siblings to visit their absentee father on his deathbed. The book involves the author’s usual topics of racial and societal privileges, and incorporates it into a memorable story. All of the siblings take the road trip to see their father one last time, and bond with each other along the way. This a great novel for teens going back to school as it incorporates societal struggles learned about in the classroom, as well as in life.


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