Recommendations for the best reads of the summer from book editors and independent bookstore owners.

Dinah Paul, Owner, A Likely Story Children’s Bookstore

Picture books/Younger Readers
  • Lilly's Big Day

    By Kevin Henkes

    Greenwillow Books

    Buy

  • John, Paul, George & Ben

    By Lane Smith

    Hyperion Books for Children

    Buy

  • Bear's New Friend (The Bear Books)

    By Karma Wilson

    Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Buy

  • Olivia Forms a Band

    By Ian Falconer

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Walk On!: A Guide for Babies of All Ages

    By Marla Frazee

    HMH Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • If I Built a Car

    By Chris Van Dusen

    Dutton Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

    By Isabella Hatkoff , Craig Hatkoff , and Paula Kahumbu

    Scholastic Press

    Buy

  • Older Readers
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    By Kate DiCamillo

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Heat

    By Mike Lupica

    Philomel Books

    Buy

  • Gossamer

    By Lois Lowry

    Houghton Mifflin Company

    Buy

  • The Wright 3

    By Blue Balliett

    Scholastic Press

    Buy

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

    By Rick Yancey

    Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    Buy

  • Fly by Night

    By Frances Hardinge

    HarperCollins

    Buy

  • Paperbacks
  • The Star of Kazan

    By Eva Ibbotson

    Puffin Books

    Buy

  • Hoot

    By Carl Hiaasen

    Ember

    Buy

  • Peter and the Starcatchers

    By Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

    Disney Editions

    Buy

  • Barbara Hoffert, Editor, Library Journal Book Review

  • The Dream Life of Sukhanov

    By Olga Grushin

    A Marian Wood Book/Putnam

    Buy

  • The Brief History of the Dead: A novel

    By Kevin Brockmeier

    Pantheon

    Buy

  • Back to Wando Passo: A Novel

    By David Payne

    William Morrow

    Buy

  • Alentejo Blue

    By Monica Ali

    Scribner

    Buy

  • Tenderwire

    By Claire Kilroy

    Mariner

    Buy

  • Winter's Bone

    By Daniel Woodrell

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • A Woman in Jerusalem

    By A. B. Yehoshua

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Buy

  • The Brambles

    By Eliza Minot

    Knopf

    Buy

  • Carla Cohen, Co-Owner, Politics and Prose

  • Let Me Finish

    By Roger Angell

    Harcourt

    Buy

  • How Soccer Explains the World

    By Franklin Foer

    HarpPeren

    Buy

  • The Foreign Correspondent: A Novel

    By Alan Furst

    Random House

    Buy

  • The Night Gardener

    By George Pelecanos

    Little, Brown and Company

    Buy

  • The Bowl Is Already Broken: A Novel

    By Mary Kay Zuravleff

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Buy

  • Bridget Warren, Chief of Public Relations & Programming, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

  • A Million Nightingales: A Novel

    By Susan Straight

    Pantheon

    Buy

  • Baby Brother's Blues: A Novel

    By Pearl Cleage

    One World/Ballantine

    Buy

  • Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz

    By Stanley Crouch

    Civitas Books

    Buy

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