Our favorite books this July include the final Elephant and Piggie book. a book to inspire community engagement and creativity, the story of one of your kids’ favorite summertime toys, a captivating novel for animal lovers and a smart and suspenseful novel for mature readers.
Read on to see all the great stories our book experts can’t get enough of this month!
For Pre-K –K (Ages 3-6)
The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
The 25th and final Elephant and Piggie book will warm the hearts of grown-ups and have kids in stitches! It makes a perfect gift for a friend, a teacher, or anyone to whom you want to say, “Thank you.”’
For 1st and 2nd Grade (Ages 6-8)
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy
“Beautiful” describes both the art and the story in this wonderful picture book (inspired by real events!) about the power of art, creativity, and community engagement. It may invite readers to see the potential for creative change in their own neighborhoods.
For 3rd & 4th grade (Ages 8-10)
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
Kids will be fascinated to learn how their favorite toy was invented. This lively and interesting biography shows the importance of persistence, passion, and problem solving. It’s perfect for budding scientists and engineers!
For 5th & 6th grade (Ages 10-12)
A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
Kids (and adults!) will be utterly won over by this terrific, captivating novel. A deeply moving story of a girl separated from her beloved dog, it’s a true “must read” for any animal lover!
Grades 7 & up (Ages 13+)
Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina
We love author Meg Medina! Smart and suspenseful, her powerful new novel is a great story of personal strength and family loyalty set in NYC during one tension-filled summer. A great choice for mature teens, it’s sure to prompt dynamic discussions about past and current events.