Summer Reading Picks

Valerie Kohler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop, hand picks books to foster the love of reading in children of all ages. For more of her faves, visit



Click Clack Quack to School by Doreen Cronin
Atheneum Books
The animals have all been invited to spend the day at school and it’s up to Farmer Brown to make sure they know how to behave.





Hello School by Priscilla Burris
Penguin Books for Young Readers
There’s so much to experience when school starts. Here’s a perfect introduction to help children prepare for that exciting day.




We Don’t Eat Our Classmates By T. Ryan Higgins
Disney/Hyperion Books
For every child that is wondering what school will be like and every parent with a wicked sense of humor. Our little dinosaur has to learn how to be part of a group (eating them is not an option!)



Emerging Readers:

Lena’s Shoes are Nervous by Keith Calabrese and Juana Medina
Atheneum Books
The first day of kindergarten is coming and Lena’s very excited, but her shoes are nervous. She and her parents work together to help her shoes learn to be brave.





Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen
Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins
Move over Ramona Quimby and meet Mya Tibbs, a spunky character in a wonderful school series full of realistic characters that you will love.






Judy Moody Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald
Candlewick Publishing
Bad moods, good moods, even back-to-school moods — Judy Moody has them all!





Class Action by Steven B Frank
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sixth grader Sam Warren hates homework and wants to take his school to court so they stop assigning it. A clever, funny school story.






The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
Delacorte Books For Young Reader
A group of middle school students learn that getting the perfect score on a standardized test is not really that perfect after all.






The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
A hilarious school series with two pranskters who make school very fun.





Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe By Preston Norton
Disney/Hyperion Books
A great story about a teens stepping outside of their comfort zones to make their school a better place. For grades 9 and up.






Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Hyperion Books
When going through a box at his house, Danny Cheng discovers his family has many secrets. A timely novel about self identity, school pressure, and inequality. For grades 9 and up.