Recommended Reads for Youth

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.

Recommended Reading List September 2019

DBC14826 North, South, East, West by Brown, Margaret Wise

From Margaret Wise Brown, the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, comes a never-before-published story about a little bird's first journey, brought to life by Geisel Award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli. Preschool to grade three For preschool-grade 2. 2017.


DBC06507 Bunnies!! by Atteberry, Kevan

A monster searches everywhere to find the things he loves: bunnies!!! For preschool-grade 2. 2015.


DB058154 Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day [#16, Junie B. Jones] by Park, Barbara

Junie B. Jones is selected as her classroom's captain in the kindergarten field day. After her group loses several races to another team, Junie B. rallies her schoolmates to victory. For grades K-3. 2001.


DB038227 Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding [#6, Horrible Harry series] by Kline, Suzy

Horrible Harry is a second-grader who loves horrible things. He's had a crush on Song Lee ever since she brought a potato beetle to show-and-tell in kindergarten. Harry also loves kickball. As Valentine's Day draws near, the kids in room 2B gear up for kickball and a possible wedding between Horrible Harry and Song Lee. Companion to Horrible Harry's Secret (DB 33366). For grades K-3. 1992.

DB074222 Have fun, Anna Hibiscus! [#4, Anna Hibiscus]

by Atinuke

Anna is sad and homesick when she flies to Canada to spend Christmas with her grandmother. The cold, colorless country is so different from Anna's native Africa! In these four stories Anna must get used to snow, a dog living in the house, and unusual food. For grades 2-4. 2010.


DB021336 Discovering the stars by Santrey, Laurence

A simple introduction to stars and their characteristics and the constellations to which they belong. For grades 2-4.1982.

DB052681 The kid coach by Bowen, Fred

When their baseball coach quits at the beginning of the season, the team decides that Scott could coach and play at the same time. After some disagreements, the teammates pull together and have a winning season. For grades 3-6. 1996. For grades 3-6. 1996.


DB019685 Ramona Quimby, Age 8 [#6, Ramona Quimby] by Cleary, Beverly

As Ramona enters third grade, her father returns to college to become an art teacher. Having a working mother and a student father is tough on the family, but the Quimbys stick together through good times and bad. For grades 3-6 and older Cleary fans. 1981.


DBC16910 I Want a Pony [#1, Pony pals] by Betancourt, Jeanne

Lulu wants a pony. If she had a pony, staying with her grandmother wouldn't be so bad. She finds a wounded pony, but will she be able to save the beautiful animal? For grades 3-6. 1994.


DB082042 The Strangers: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 4 by West, Jacqueline

When a crucial object goes missing, twelve-year-old Olive and her friends need to decide how to retrieve it. They must put their faith in a strange and dangerous magic, their odd new neighbors, or someone even worse. For grades 4-7. 2013.


DB085808 The best man by Peck, Richard

Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod start dating, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2016.


DB093290 Ivy Aberdeen's letter to the world by Blake, Ashley Herring

Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2018.


DBC08405 The rightful owner by Stuart, Jesse

Story of young boy's love for a lost dog. For grades 5-8. 1960.


DB054577 Crossing Jordan by Fogelin, Adrian

Twelve-year-old Cass of Tallahassee, Florida, meets her new African American neighbor, Jemmie. Despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around shared enthusiasms for running and reading. For grades 5-8. 2000.

DBC00238 Boy Meets Boy by Levithan, David

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he's found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. But Paul's not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right. For junior and senior high.


DB086041  Pride : : celebrating diversity & community by Stevenson, Robin

Overview of the celebration of Pride Day worldwide every June. Discusses why GLBT--gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender--people and their supporters come together to celebrate diversity and equality. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2016.


DB072068 The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye [#6, An Enola Holmes Mystery] by Springer, Nancy

Fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes--Sherlock's much-younger sister--tackles two mysteries: finding the missing Lady Blanchefleur, who disappeared in the seedy underbelly of nineteenth-century London, and deciphering a message from her own estranged mother. Conclusion to the series. For grades 6-9. 2010.


DB084488 Lily and Dunkin by Gephart, Donna

Lily Jo, born Timothy, knows she is a girl, but it's difficult to get people to understand that in eighth grade, especially her father. New kid Norbert is bipolar and keeps a secret. The two find acceptance with each other and forge a special friendship. Commercial audiobook. For grades 6-9. 2016.


DB069924 Box Out by Coy, John

Catholic high school sophomore Liam is thrilled when he's asked to move up to the varsity basketball team. But Liam jeopardizes his new position by taking a stand against the coach for leading prayers before games and for enforcing teamwide participation in religious fellowship sessions. For grades 6-9. 2008.


DB089604 You're welcome, universe by Gardner, Whitney

After Julia is expelled from the Kingston School for the Deaf for graffiti, her two moms send her to a suburban school and restrict her access to paint supplies. As her illegal tagging continues, someone begins adding things to her graffiti. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2017.


DB065143 Seven Days at the Hot Corner by Trueman, Terry

While playing in his senior-year baseball tournament, Scott Latimer is dismayed, then panicked, when his best friend Travis Adams confesses that he is gay. Scott must wait seven days to learn whether he became HIV positive after handling Travis's nosebleed. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.


DB075897 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Chbosky, Stephen

1991. High school freshman Charlie shares his observations in letters to someone he doesn't know. After befriending Patrick, who is gay, and Patrick's stepsister Sam, Charlie becomes more involved in the world around him. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. For High School and older. 1999.


DBC06687 Fairy Tales for Modern Queers by Reed, Emily

Classic fairy tales reimagined for modern queers. You've never heard stories like this at bedtime. For high school and adult readers.


DBC00273 Brooklyn Burning by Brezenoff, Steve

It's summer and sixteen-year old Kid can only think of running away. When Kid makes his way to the streets of Brooklyn, she finds the home amidst the empty warehouses, abandoned tunnels and rooftops- a place that accepts him, no questions asked. Over the course of two summers, Kid expresses her sadness, losses, and strengths through music, and in his unlikely friendships. He falls hopelessly in love with Scout but nearly loses everything on the streets of Brooklyn. Some violence and strong language. For high school and older readers. 2011.


DBC00194 Stealing Bases by Key, Anne

All Charley Lemain wants in the world is to play softball well enough to get into UT and to hang with her bestie Kaylee. That's why it sucks so hard when she tears her rotator cuff and has to spend most of her senior year not playing, not practicing, not doing much of anything but watching Kaylee cheer and flirt with her quarterback boyfriend. Charley needs to figure out what's going on in her body, in her life, and most importantly, in her heart. Some strong language. For high school and adult.


DBC00359 Jumped In by Flores-Scott, Patrick

In the two years since his mother left him with his grandparents in Des Moines, Washington, Sam has avoided making friends and perfected the art of being a slacker, but being paired with a frightening new student for a slam poetry unit transforms his life. Some strong language. For high school readers. 2014.