Book Bites- Summer Reads With Blue Willow Bookshop

Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares some of her favorite summer reads.
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Emerging Readers

We Both Read: My Town

by Sindy McKay

My Town is a wonderful introductory reader where large pictures provide context clues and the page the child reads rhymes with the adult page, making decoding even easier.

We Both Read: Little Chipper

by Sindy McKay

Told from the perspective of a small dog playing with bigger dogs at a park, this book’s message is for anyone learning to play and share in groups.

Nick and Nack Build a Birdhouse 

by Brandon Budzi

A book for emerging readers with more words and sentences per page, and hidden picture searches to keep it fun. A bonus craft activity idea is included.

Hi Jack!

by Mac Barnett illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

In this first book in a delightful series about a bad rabbit, we meet Jack and his friends, and we can delight in scolding Jack for his antics.

Middle School Readers

Bee Fearless

by Mikaela Ulmer

Fifteen-year-old lemonade entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer shares her advice for life and business

Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S.

by David Levithan

Aidan disappeared for six days. The story he tells on his return is simply … impossible. But it’s the story he is sticking to.

Flight of The Puffin

by Ann Braden

Seventh-grader Libby sets off a chain of events that brings hope and encouragement to four different individuals who are dealing with bullies, acceptance, homelessness, and grief.

The House That Wasn’t There

by Alana K. Arnold

When Alder starts school with Oak, his new neighbor, they soon discover a series of connections between them: mysterious, possibly even magical puzzles they can’t put together.

Teen Readers

Victories Greater Than Death

by Charlie Jane Anders

Tina never worries about being ‘ordinary’ because she is the keeper of an interplanetary rescue beacon that holds her dreams for saving all her worlds.

Game Changer

by Neal Shusterman

One hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash has been hit into another dimension and into worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.

FireKeeper’s Daughter

by Angelline Boulley

Daunis defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother and reluctantly becomes involved in the investigation of a series of drug-related deaths on the Ojibwe reservation.


by Meredith Tate

Houston author Meredith Tate has written a fast paced, sweet teen rom-con about Stella and Wesley, high school rivals in person who meet anonymously online.  

Becoming (Young Reader’s Edition)

by Michelle Obama

In this memoir, the former first lady asks readers to realize that no one is perfect, and that the process of becoming is what matters, as finding yourself is ever evolving.

Adult Readers

We Begin At the End

by Chris Whitaker

An ex-con, a naïve police chief, and a tough 13-year girl old steal the show in this intricately developed thriller that offers a continuous series of surprises.

While Justice Sleeps

by Stacey Abrams

An inside-Washington thriller about an ambitious law clerk thrown into a life-or-death treasure hunt when the Supreme Court justice she works for slips into a sudden coma.

The Last Thing He Told Me

by Laura Dave

When her husband Owen disappears, Hannah finds herself taking care of her step-daughter who may hold the key to Owen’s true identity.

No One Will Tell You This But Me

by Bess Kalb

In this debut memoir, Bess Kalb speaks in her grandmother’s sassy voice to tell the story of her family, and her relationship with her grandmother, whose every voicemail message the author saved.

The Switch

by Beth O’Leary

A grandmother and granddaughter swap lives in The Switch, a charming, romantic novel by Beth O’Leary, who has been hailed as “the new Jojo Moyes”