Break out the books

Summer's not quite half over and school is still more than a month away.

What's a young reader to do? And what about the parents?

The North Olympic Library System and a number of local, regional and national literacy groups have plenty of book suggestions for the youngest readers and the oldest "kids."

Go online and search the North Olympic Library System's catalog ( before you run out and buy any new books - the library can spare you some time and money.

Books for babies

"Old Macdonald" by Rosemary Wells

"Trucks Go" by Steve Light

"Big Fat Hen" by Keith Baker

"Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose" by Tomie dePaola

"Good Night Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann

Books for toddlers

"Tip Tip Dig Dig" by Emma Garcia

"I Went Walking" by Vera Williams

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin

"Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" by Bob Shea

"From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle

"Jump Frog Jump" by Robert Kaplan

"Finger Rhymes" by Marc Brown

Books for preschoolers

"Let's Play In The Forest" by Claudia Rueda

"Who Made This Cake?" by Chihiro Nakagawa

"Little Red Hen" by Byron Barton

"Bark George" by Jules Pfeffer

"Bear Snores On" by Jane Chapman

"Chickens to the Rescue" by Eric Himmelman

"Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells

"The Baby BeeBee Bird" by Diane Redfield Massie

Books for 'tweens

"The Healing Spell" by Kimberley Griffiths Little

"Come Fall" by A.C.E. Bauer

"Betti on the High Wire" by Lisa Railsback

"Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!" by Grace Lin

"Mamba Point" by Kurtis Scaletta

"My Life as a Book" by Janet Tashjian

"Animal Rescue Team: Special Delivery!" by Sue Stauffacher

"Clementine, Friend of the Week" by Sara Pennypacker

"Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives" by Stephanie Watson

"Wolven: by Di Toft

Books for teens

"Paper Towns" by John Green

"Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer

"City of Ashes" by Cassandra Clare

"Identical" by Ellen Hopkins

"The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman

"Wake" by Lisa McMann

"Untamed" by P.C. and Kristin Cast

"The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks" by E. Lockhart

"Graceling" by Kristin Cashore

Books for

young adults

"Demon's Lexicon" by Sarah Rees Brennan

"The Orange Houses" by Paul Griffin

"The Great Wide Sea" by M.H. Herlong

"The Reformed Vampire Support Group" by Catherine Jinks

"Alligator Bayou" by Donna Jo Napoli

"Stitches: A Memoir" by David Small

"When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

"Marcelo in the Real World" by Francisco X. Stork

"Lips Touch: Three Times" by Laini Taylor

"Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland" by Sally M. Walker

On the Web

Here are more young reader resources online:

_ Young Adult Library Association ( - book reading challenges, "best" lists, webinars, competitions,

_ PBS ( - articles, links, tips for parents, e-cards, video interviews with experts

_ - book reviews, author interviews, contests, excerpts, trivia, word scrambles

_ - book clubs, book reviews, videos, blog, newsletter, features

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