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 Reads for October 2019


BRJ01476; DBC07051 I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas by Kevan Atteberry

Papa and Little Monster go on a smelly adventure in the woods, meeting all sorts of beastly creatures. But does Papa love the swamp more than his little monster? For preschool age and older.


DBC08685 Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn. For preschool-grade 2.


DBW08508 A Fairy-Tale Fall (Disney Princess) [Step Into Reading] by Jordan Apple

In this beginning reader, six Disney princesses enjoy Halloween activities in separate easy-to-read stories. Step 2 in Step into Reading. Features characters and stories from Disney animated films. For preschool to grade 2.


LP023856 Little Witch's Bad Dream by Deborah Hautzig

Little Witch is excited that her hard-to-please cousin is coming for a visit, but in a witch household it's hard to know if you're supposed to be nice or mean to a guest. Level 3 Reader. Kindergarten - grade 3.


BR017018 Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Rhyming verse about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos, whose party in a haunted house is interrupted by what the monsters most abhor. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3.


DB085187 Eerie Elementary, Books 1-4 by Jack Chabert

Books one through four, written between 2014 and 2016, featuring hall monitor Sam Graves and his friends and their battle against their malevolent school. Includes The School Is Alive!, The Locker Ate Lucy!, Recess Is a Jungle!, and The Science Fair Is Freaky!. For grades K-3.


LP024209 Owls, Bats, Wolves, and Other Nocturnal Animals by Kris Hirschmann

Using different animals as examples, this Level 4 Reader discusses the range and characteristics of nocturnal animals. Rabbits, lynxes, tarantulas, tree frogs, owls, bats, raccoons, hedgehogs, wolves, skunks, fireflies, badgers, porcupines, and mice each receive a few paragraphs. Grades 2-4. 2003.


DB092347; BR022630 Escape from Shudder Mansion by RL Stine

Twelve-year-old Riley and his twin sister, Scarlet, receive an interesting assignment from their teacher: The siblings must survive a night in a haunted mansion and film their adventure! For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB089472 A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

Rosa and Jasper are dismayed that they live in the only unhaunted town in a world full of ghosts, but they spring to action when they realize that there are indeed spirits lying in wait to take the town back. For grades 4-7.


DB093514; BR022527 Something rotten : a fresh look at roadkill by Heather L. Montgomery

Wildlife researcher examines what happens to the many dead animals that we pass by daily. Showcases how others take the tragedy of roadkill and turn it into a scientific (and sometimes artistic) triumph. For grades 4-7. 2018.


BR018139 Passion and Poison: Tales of Shape-Shifters, Ghosts, and Spirited Women by Janice Del Negro

Eerie stories of things that are not what they seem. In "Skulls and Bones, Ghosts and Gold" housekeeper Pearl braves a cemetery at midnight to fetch a skull and win a bet for her master. In "Rubies" a woman tries to avenge her sister's murder. For grades 5-8.


DB078066 Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

While practicing for their next baseball game, friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the nefarious activities of the local meatpacking plant have turned badly treated cows into zombies. Some violence. For grades 5-8.


DB088757 The Fearless Travelers' Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler

Twelve-year-old Nell Perkins and her brothers journey deep into the Wicked Places where nightmares reside to rescue their mother. She was turned into a bird after being taken by a strange cloud filled with witches called the Dark Daughters. For grades 5-8.


DB072398 Eighth Grade Bites [#1, Chronicles of Vladimir Tod] by Heather Brewer

Thirteen-year-old vampire Vladimir Tod barely manages to appear human at his junior high school. Between fighting urges for blood, keeping a low profile despite strange powers, and being raised by his aunt, Vlad has enough to handle--even before a vampire hunter targets him. For junior and senior high readers.


DB088264 – Wax by Gina Damico

Shortly after seventeen-year-old Poppy stumbles into an eerie and secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory, a fire destroys the building and a wax boy comes to life. The duo work to uncover an evil plot that threatens her hometown. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers.


BR019589; DB074167 Enclave [#1, Razorland Trilogy]

In a post-apocalyptic future, Deuce, a huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the deadly Freaks outside her underground enclave. But when she is partnered with outsider Fade, she begins to see that the ways of the elders may be wrong. Uncontracted braille. Violence. For senior high and older readers.


DB090179 The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

When Alice's grandmother, reclusive author of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies, Alice's mother is stolen by a figure claiming to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers.


DB085017 Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

Merson mysteriously gains admission to an isolated and elite Sanctuary Bay Academy. When her roommate suddenly disappears, Sarah discovers the dark truth about the school. Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers.