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Family Friendly Audiobooks

Desert Road by Walker.CarpenterI can’t tell you how many times in the past couple of weeks I’ve had a parent come talk to me and say, “We’re going on a long car trip and need a good audiobook for the whole family” or “I need to find something that will appeal to my teens, but we can listen to with their grandmother.”  Long car rides with the family are a great way of connecting with stories and with one another.  Below I’ve listed a few audiobooks that I think would be good fare for a family car trip.  What do you recommend?

On My To Read Pile...

d-221 books by azrastaI don’t know about you, but I always seem to have an ever-growing “To Read” pile at my house.  Some things get shifted around within the pile (i.e. “this one is due next week and I have to read it ASAP” or “I’ve heard such great things about this, I just can’t wait to read it”), but, without fail, as soon as one book disappears from the pile, I’ve got something new to readily take its place.  What is on your “to read” pile?

That Might Be a Problem: New Issue-Driven Books for Teens

Rustic Mirror 2 by jonhildyYou might be tired of me saying it, but if you haven’t already registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, now is the time!  You still have until August 6th to read or listen for 600 minutes or read or listen to 5 books.  Get started on your summer reading by picking up some books that have just come out or are new to our shelves!  Below is a list of some new issue-driven books for young adults and a couple of new adult issue-driven novels that might appeal to teen readers.  What do you recommend?

New Chick Lit & Romance Reads for Teens

I'll Give You All I Can... by Brandon Christopher WarrenIf you haven’t registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program…what’s with the wait?  Just do it!  Enjoy your summer by picking up some books that have just come out or are new to our shelves.  Below is a list of some new teen chick lit and romances and a couple of new adult chick lit and romance titles that might appeal to teen readers.  What do you recommend?

New Adventure Reads for Teens

Adventure People Staged Shot 2 by clappstarHave you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program?  If you haven't, you should! What better way to start your summer than to pick up some books that have just come out or are new to our shelves.  Below is a list of some new teen adventures and a couple of new adult adventure titles that might appeal to teen readers.  What do you recommend?

New Mystery & Suspense Reads for Teens

Fingerprinted by Jeremy BrooksThe Teen Summer Reading Program is underway!  What better way to start your summer than to pick up some books that have just come out or are new to our shelves.  Below is a list of some new teen mysteries and a couple of new adult mystery titles that might appeal to teen readers.  What do you recommend?

New Fantasy Reads for Teens

Dragon by munktOnThe Teen Summer Reading Program begins tomorrow!  What better way to start your summer than to pick up some books that have just come out or are new to our shelves.  Below is a list of some new teen fantasy fiction and a couple of new adult fantasy titles that might appeal to teen readers.  What do you recommend?

Fun & Funny

autototsWith the end of school right around the corner, this is usually the time of year when you finally get the chance to read something just for fun.  Below I’ve listed some newer titles that are just for fun or will have you laughing out loud.  How will you celebrate your fast-approaching summer?

Science Fiction Reads for Tweens

AlienWelcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on historical fiction, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween science fiction reads?

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