Kathie Meizner, library manager with Montgomery County Public Libraries, and Maureen Johnson, author of “The Name of the Star,” share their picks for the best summer reads in children’s books.

Kathie Meizner’s Picks

Picture Books

  • Green

    By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy


  • Bear Has a Story to Tell

    By Philip C. Stead

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy


  • A Home for Bird

    By Philip C. Stead

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy


  • We March

    By Shane W. Evans

    Roaring Brook Press

    Buy


  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Pigeon series)

    By Mo Willems

    Hyperion Books for Children

    Buy


  • Chloe and the Lion

    By Mac Barnett

    Disney-Hyperion

    Buy


  • Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas (Sunlight Series)

    By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

    The Blue Sky Press

    Buy


  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

    By Claire A. Nivola

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Buy


  • Bink and Gollie: Two for One

    By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Chapter Books

  • A Greyhound of a Girl

    By Roddy Doyle

    Harry N. Abrams

    Buy


  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    By Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Candlewick

    Buy





  • Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

    By Deborah Hopkinson

    Scholastic Press

    Buy


  • Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

    By Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin

    HMH Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Books By Local Authors


  • Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

    By Rosalyn Schanzer

    National Geographic Children's Books

    Buy


  • Bring On the Birds

    By Susan Stockdale

    Peachtree Publishing Company

    Buy


  • Go for the Goal! (Fred Bowen Sports Story Series)

    By Fred Bowen

    Peachtree Publishing Company

    Buy


  • Alice on Board (24)

    By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Buy

  • Books About The Civil Rights Movement






  • The Lions of Little Rock

    By Kristin Levine

    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    Buy


  • Maureen Johnson

    Younger Readers


  • Charmed Life

    By Diana Wynne Jones

    Greenwillow Books

    Buy

  • Middle Grades
  • See You at Harry's

    By Jo Knowles

    Candlewick

    Buy

  • Young Adult

  • The Book of Blood and Shadow

    By Robin Wasserman

    Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Buy


  • Team Human

    By Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

    HarperTeen

    Buy



  • For Darkness Shows the Stars

    By Diana Peterfreund

    Balzer + Bray

    Buy


  • Every Day

    By David Levithan

    Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Buy


  • The Fault in Our Stars

    By John Green

    Dutton Books

    Buy

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