Lisa Moraleda, from our LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium partner Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, shared some of her favorite new titles for great summer reading. From a National Book Award finalist to the gripping finale of a #1 New York Times bestselling series, these books are sure to keep imaginations firing all summer long.

As a bonus, scroll all the way down for an exclusive video starring children's book star Eric Litwin.


For the little star…

Shine!

by Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop

Best for ages 3–8

Shine! is a celebration of the wonders of your world and within yourself. Hoshi the sea star wishes she were shining amongst the brilliant stars above and not stuck down in the dark sea. But with a little help, she realizes that her shine comes from within, and that there are endless possibilities in her colorful, magnificent world.

Shine by Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop

For the silly one…

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!

by Elise Parsley

Best for ages 3–8

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Elise Parsley returns with book three in the popular Magnolia Says Don’t! series. Magnolia’s latest adventure is another loud and cautionary tale of what not to do—this time, at the local library. Boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly librarian-approved guide on how to be everything but quiet in the library.

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

For the artist…

Draw-It-Yourself Adventures

by Andrew and Chris Judge

Best for ages 6–10

Shake things up (literally) this summer with this series where readers draw, fold, twist, and more to complete the story. Filled with fun prompts and silly jokes, Book 1: Alien Attack and Book 2: Spy Mission will keep readers entertained through every slow summer afternoon!

Draw-It-Yourself Adventures by Andrew and Chris Judge

For the intergalactic explorer…

CatStronauts

by Drew Brockington

Best for ages 6–10

Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure this hilarious new graphic novel series featuring an elite group of cat astronauts on a mission to save the world! Brimming with charm, jokes, and science, readers will devour the first two books in the series: Mission Moon and Race to Mars.

CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

For the seeker of magic…

The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

by Chris Colfer

Best for ages 8–12

The gripping conclusion to Chris Colfer’s #1 New York Times bestselling series is here just in time for summer! Conner and Alex must face the impossible. The Land of Stories fairy tale characters—heroes and villains—are no longer confined to their own worlds and it's up to the twins to restore order between the human and fairy tale world. Full of breathtaking action and humor, it’s the must-read conclusion for Colfer fans.

The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer

For the dazzling daydreamer…

The Star Thief

by Lindsey Becker

Best for ages 8–12

The constellations come to life this imaginative fantasy adventure by debut author Lindsey Becker. Readers will meet Honorine, a girl who finds herself caught at the center of an epic battle between magic and science.

The Star Thief by Lindsey Becker

For the budding detective…

The Mysterious Benedict Society: 10th Anniversary Edition

by Trenton Lee Stewart

Best for ages 8–12

Partner up with your young reader for the return of Trenton Lee Stewart’s modern classic, now packed with over thirty pages of bonus material that will delight old and new fans alike! Putting friends, family, and foes to the test, four very special children must ban together to pass the most important test of all in this dazzling mystery-adventure.

The Mysterious Benedict Society: 10th Anniversary Edition by Trenton Lee Stewart

For the asker of big questions…

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin

Best for ages 10 and up

Embark on a life-changing journey in this stunning novel about grief, adolescence and the natural wonder of the world that was named a National Book Award finalist.

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

For the beach reader…

The Unlikelies

by Carrie Firestone

Best for ages 14 and up

Set in the Hamptons during summer break, this book follows five teens as they form an unlikely clique and embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism. The Breakfast Club meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in this hilarious, thought-provoking, and utterly original novel.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

For the trendsetter…

Little & Lion

by Brandy Colbert

Best for ages 15 and up

Named a "Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017" by Paste Magazine, Little & Lion is a must-read for summer 2017. It's a stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption that will have readers glued to the page.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

BONUS VIDEO: Storytime with Eric Litwin

Watch one of the best moments of the 2016–17 LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium season! Author and performer extraordinaire Eric Litwin (the original four Pete the Cat books, The Nuts and Groovy Joe) performs stories and songs from his acclaimed children’s books. Learn more about Storytime at the Atrium and all our family programming at Kids.LincolnCenter.org.

 


Lisa Moraleda is Associate Director of Publicity for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.