Since school is back in session, we thought it would be the perfect time to get you a new set of book recommendations to start the new year off right. Plus, these are coming directly from Summit’s own school librarian, so you know these are solid choices for your student no matter their age or reading level.

Preschool/Picture Book:

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!  by Mo Willems

“Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!”  (

Recommended because it’s an excellent way to discuss anxiety about school with the familiarity of the pigeon books and with humor. 


Middle Reader:

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She’s spent years trying to teach David the rules-from “a peach is not a funny-looking apple” to “keep your pants on in public”-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she’s always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?” (

Recommend because it’s a heartwarming story that teaches patience and acceptance. 


Upper Middle Reader:

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1 ) by Chris Colfer

“Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern-day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.” (

Recommend because this series will captivate readers with adventure and fantasy. The fairy tale characters gives this book series a warm and heartfelt feel. Once your child is hooked they will want to read all six books in the series. 


Middle School:

Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run” (

Recommend because it’s a fast-paced, dystopian adventure with a bit of science fiction. Great for “reluctant readers.”


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