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 June 2019

DB089484 In our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco

Three adopted siblings reflect on the joys of being raised by two loving mothers. For preschool-grade 2. 2009.


DB088938 Miss Fannie's Hat by Jan Karon

When ninety-nine-year-old Miss Fannie gives up her favorite hat to help raise money for her church, she receives an unexpected reward. For preschool-grade 2. 1998.


DB074891 Bella and Stella Come Home by Anika Denise

Young Bella tries to reassure her stuffed elephant Stella after they move to a new--and very different--home. For preschool-grade 2. 2010.


DB054344 The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the school playground until new girl Katie Sue arrives and challenges Jean's status as recess queen. For grades K-3. 2002.


DBW07409 Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends. For grades K-3. 1991.


DBC03892 Heather has Two Mommies by LesleÌa Newman

A path-breaker when it was originally published twenty-five years ago, this book about a little girl with two mothers, Mama Kate and Mama Jane, cheerfully demonstrates that "each family is special". For grades 2-4. 2015.


DBW08499 Fangtastic! [#2, My Sister the Vampire] by Sienna Mercer

Life hasn't been the same since Olivia Abbott discovered her twin sister Ivy Vega. But Ivy has a secret that she can't share with most mortals- she's a vampire! After a strange occurrence at a funeral, a prying journalist and celebrity reporter vows to uncover the truth at Franklin Grove, and only Ivy and Olivia can convince her that nothing's out of the ordinary in this small but mysterious town. Sequel to "My Sister is a Vampire" [DBW 8498]. For grades 3-6. 2007.


DB080241 The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets, as they make their way through a school year--kindergarten through sixth grade--and deal with a grumpy new neighbor. For grades 3-6. 2014.


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

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.



DB085808 The Best Man by Richard Peck

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 Ashley Herring Blake

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.



DB091674 Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Melly and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the woods. But this summer brings a lot of big changes for Melly: her parents split up and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. For grades 5-8. 2018.


DB086041 Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

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 Nancy Springer

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 Donna Gephart

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.


DBC00201 Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers by Cris Beam

The author profiles four transgirls she met while volunteering at a high school for gay and transgender kids in Los Angeles. They struggle with challenges from high school cliques and crushes to homelessness and hormone treatment, while trying to resolve the gap between the way they feel inside and the way the world sees them. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. For junior and senior high readers. 2007.


DBC00238 Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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.


DB089604 You're welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

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 Terry Trueman

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.


DBC00273 Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff

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 Anne Key

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 Patrick Flores-Scott

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.