Most kids that like flexing their linguistic mind muscles will devour the age-appropriate book lists at your local library over the summer. Here are a few additional suggestions that you may not know yet…

All ages:

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night. By Joyce Sidman. Twelve elegantly crafted poems celebrating the night are accompanied by prose pieces about nocturnal flora and fauna. Newbery Honor Book

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. By Marilyn Singer. Read the poem in one direction and it tells the folktale from one point of view. Read it in the opposite direction and the point of view is reversed.

The Phantom Tollbooth. By Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer. Poor Milo sat bored in his room until he received a tollbooth, which took him on an adventure where he gets involved in a war between words (Kingdom of Dictionopolis) and numbers (Kingdom of Digitopolis).

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Younger readers:

We Are in a Book! By Mo Willems. Elephant and Piggie discover that someone, the reader, is looking at them in this hilarious, interactive story about the joys of reading and being read. Geisel Honor Book

Middle Readers

A Tale Dark and Grimm. By Adam Gidwitz. As dark and bloody as the title suggests, these six retellings tweak the classic fairy tale as Hansel and Gretel embark on an epic journey of self-discovery.

Trickster:  Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. Edited by Matt Dembicki. This collaborative effort by more than 40 writers and artists presents 21 Native American trickster tales in graphic novel format.

Older readers:

The Dreamer. By Pam Muñoz Ryan. In language inspired by the Nobel Prize-winner’s own poetry, Muñoz Ryan tells the stunning tale of young Pablo Neruda’s self-discovery and the development of his ideologies and artistic voice. Belpré Author Award

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