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 January 2020


DB090802 Llama Llama Red Pajama and Nineteen Other Favorites by Anna Dewdney

Nineteen Llama Llama stories and one Nelly Gnu book, written between 2005 and 2017, featuring old and new stories of a young llama. Includes Llama Llama Sand and Sun, Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum!, Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too, and Llama Llama Gives Thanks. Commercial audiobook. For preschool-grade 2. 2018.


DB092944 The Art Show Attacks!: Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert

While Sam is working on his clay project for the Eerie Elementary Art Show, the piece suddenly comes to life and attacks him. Sure that evil Orson Eerie is behind the incident, Sam and his friends race to uncover his next plot. For grades K-3. 2018.


DB092621 Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect wish, while his wish seems to be that she had stayed home. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2018.


DB090278 Islandborn by Junot Díaz

Lola was just a baby when her family left the Island, so when her teacher asks her to draw a picture of her homeland, Lola can't remember anything about it. She has to ask her family, friends, and neighbors to share their memories of the Island. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2018.


DB091389 Annie B., Made for TV by Amy Dixon

Eleven-year-old Annie, who always feels slightly inadequate compared to her talented best friend, feels her time to shine has come when she gets to audition for a local web show. However, things don't go according to plan. For grades 3-6. 2018.


BR022224; DB090557 Stella Díaz has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Stella Díaz wants to be friends with the new boy in class, but sometimes she accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. In addition, she has to get over her fear of speaking in front of the class. For grades 3-6.


DB091709 Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney

Og the frog tells the story of how he first came to Room 26, where he meets Humphrey the hamster, befriends the students, and writes poems and songs. Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2018.


DB090522 The Wild Robot Escapes [#2, Wild Robot Series] by Peter Brown

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm. She befriends her owner's family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill. Sequel to The Wild Robot (DB 84426). For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB091293 The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!: Star Wars by Tom Angleberger

A mundane cat-sitting job turns much more dangerous for Chewbacca when he must make his way through a bizarre forest with fear-causing mist. He and his companions will have to fight off snarlers, sniffers, and their own fears during their mission. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB091003 Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge

Studying to become a haunt huntress like her ancestors, twelve-year-old Evangeline Clement deals with the local monsters while waiting for her animal familiar to appear. When Evangeline and her grandmother are called to help out in New Orleans, she learns of a shocking secret. For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB092753 Lulu the Broadway Mouse: Tiny Dreamer, Big Dream by Jenna Gavigan

Lulu is a little girl mouse who lives in the Shubert Theatre in New York City. Determined to be in a Broadway show, she befriends a human cast member, and her theatrical adventure begins!Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB090413 Aru Shah and the End of Time Pandava by Roshani Chokshi

While spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, Aru tries to impress her visiting classmates and claims the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed. Then she accidentally frees an ancient demon. For grades 3-6. 2018.


DB090365 Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August

When twelve-year-old Arlo Finch moves to Pine Mountain, Colorado, he joins the Rangers, the town's version of the Boy Scouts, and finds adventures he never thought possible. His new friends teach him how to master magic that comes from the mysterious Long Woods. For grades 4-7. 2018.


DB091713 Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

In the late 1800s, a twelve-year-old nightspirit living in the Great Smoky Mountains despairs as homesteaders destroy her forest habitat, until a chance encounter with a "day-folk" man changes everything she thought she knew about her people--and their greatest enemy. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2018.


DB090677 The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton

Three Chicago students--Melissa, Wilf, and Bondi--are unlikely participants in a competition for a scholarship worth ten thousand dollars. However, they are unaware that there is much more at stake. They decide to work together in secret to uncover the truth about the contest. For grades 5-8. 2018.


DB090934 They Lost Their Heads!: What Happened to Washington's Teeth, Einstein's Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts by Carlyn Beccia

Explores the deaths of famous people and misadventures of noteworthy body parts through history. From Galileo's bony fingers, stolen by admirers and later put on display, to the murder spree of two notorious body snatchers, William Burke and William Hare. Some violence. For grades 5-8. 2018.


DB091694 1983. Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

 1983. Vanessa Martin, a thirteen-year-old African American girl in Newark's public housing, dreams of following in the footsteps of the first black Miss America, Vanessa Williams. Her chances increase when a new teacher at school organizes a beauty pageant and encourages Vanessa to enter. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2018.


DB090304 A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

After their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek shelter. They stay with their extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group Daesh, and later travel as refugees abroad. Violence. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


DB090442 Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Tuck, a human relic and curator aboard the USS John Muir, and Laura, a shipraider, race to save humanity. But they must first outwit a hacker and survive the nightmarish creatures roaming the ship who can kill with a scream. Violence and strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.

BR022377 The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude, seventeen and mortal, finds herself tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


DB090282 The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

After aliens take over the planet, Li, the last human, survives with the help of her human-sympathizing father. Li assimilates to Abdolorean society, which she must keep secret at all costs or risk the terrifying consequences of exposure. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.



DB088992 American Panda by Gloria Chao

Seventeen-year-old Mei, a freshman at MIT, worries about her parents' plans for her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese man. Meanwhile, Mei hates germs, loves dance, and falls for a Japanese classmate. She wonders if she can ever truly be herself. Strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


DB092131 Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Still feeling broken after her family's battle in Los Lagos, Lula invokes a dark spell to bring her boyfriend back after a fatal bus crash, unwittingly raising an army of hungry, half-dead casimuertos instead. Sequel to Labyrinth Lost (DB 86814). Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.


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.