Books For Growing Readers

The Silver Arrow

Sister and brother steer magic train in whimsical fantasy.

By Lev Grossman

Ages 8 and up

 

A Whale of the Wild

Young orca must grow up fast in an exciting nature story.

By Rosanne Parry

Ages 9 and up

 
 

Before the Ever After

Tween copes with father’s illness in a touching verse novel.

By Jacqueline Woodson

Ages 10 and up

 

The Warrior Challenge: 8 Quests for Boys to Grow Up with Kindness, Courage, and Grit

Practical advice for kids to be humans with integrity.

By John Beede

Ages 10 and up

 

All Together Now!

Moving story of quirky optimist finding hope after tragedy.

By Matthew Quick

Ages 12 and up

 

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

Lady Gaga’s solid collection spotlights acts of compassion.

By Born This Way Foundation Reporters, Lady Gaga

Ages 12 and up

 

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Book 5

Lively nod to Willy Wonka rewards teamwork, empathy.

By Chris Grabenstein

Ages 8 and up

 

Skunk and Badger, Book 1

Funny tale of offbeat animal friendship has kindness, depth.

By Amy Timberlake

Ages 8 and up

 

 

Paulo Santiago and the River of Tears: Paulo Santiago, Book 1

Spine-tingling excitement in folktale-inspired fantasy.

By Tehlor Kay Mejia

Ages 9 and up

 

 

The Lost Tribes, Book 1

Teens must win video game to save parents in clever sci-fi.

By C. Taylor-Butler

Ages 10 and up

 

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