My Summer Reading List

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OK, don’t laugh! Well not too much! I know this is an unrealistic list, but you have to know how much I am looking forward to going to some large, public ENGLISH-speaking libraries while I am in the US. I am sure I can get through all the PB and most of the Middle Grade books! Some of the YA and adult I have as audiobooks ready for plane, train, bus etc and I suspect I shall hang out in some Indie stores (when I am not sightseeing, hiking, wine-tasting, conferencing, visiting friends.) and will be buying some of the books to take back with me. I am right in thinking time gets doubled on vacation, am I not? I appologize straight off for not doing the usual Amazon links to all these. Please do not give me any more ideas (well alright, if you must!). But If you can recommend a great library in NYC, Boston, LA or S/F please do so.

Picture Books

Prudence wants a pet by Cathleen Daly and Stephen Michael King

Jonathon and the Big Blue Boat by Philip C Stead

All the Way to the US by Dan Yacarino

In the Wild by David Elliott and Holly Meade

Everything by Mo Willems

Bear’s Loose Tooth (and others) by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

How do Dinosaurs love their Dogs? and others by Jane Yolen

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Sick Day for Amos McGee by the Steads

Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Anything by Michael Garland

Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Andy Rash

And Tango makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Purnell


Middle Grade

Love that Dog  by Sharon Kreech

Hate that Cat by Sharon Kreech

The Fenway Foul Up by David A Kelly and Mark Meyers

Little Joe by Sandra Neil Wallace and Marl Elliott(8-10)

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

When life gives you OJ by Erica S Pearl

Joey Pigza  by jack Gantos

Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

Hoofbeats by Kathleen Duey

Moon over Manifest by Clare vanderpool

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti



Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Out of the Shadows by Jason Wallace

Don’t Breath a Word by Holly Cupala

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith



Just Kids by Patti Smith

State of Wonder by Anne Pratchett

The Sentry by Roberty Crais

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Pentecost by Joanna Penn

Kosher Meat by Lawrence Schimmel

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz



Real Revision by Kate Messner


Blog posts will be sporadic for the next month!


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7 Responses to My Summer Reading List

  1. Fantastic reading list, Joanna! Hope you find some wonderful libraries and bookstores and have many wonderful experiences on your travels.

    See you 3 weeks from today!!!

  2. Patricia Tilton says:

    Great list. Happy reading across the U.S. Enjoy your trip and see you soon!

  3. Janice says:

    Have fun with these books, Joanna!
    I just awarded you the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. You can check it out at Books of Wonder and Wisdom,

    • Joanna says:

      Janice, thank you soo much. I am traveling at the moment but will respond as soon as I have a block of time 😉

  4. oh my! I colapsed in a heap infront of the screen after reading all that list. I have only 4 childrens books in my suitcase (its all I could manage)gulp! Where on earth will you find the time?
    Happy reading on your travels and congrats on the sweet Blog Award, Joanna.

  5. Fabulous list! I’m sure you’d have no trouble with the picture books – I just read around 20+ this month if I’m not mistaken.

    I’m glad you included Westing Game – trust me, though, it seems more like adult lit rather than middle grade – same with Moon Over Manifest which has moved me deeply.

    One other book that I would recommend that has just made me go.. whoa – and one I am also planning on gushing over in gatheringbooks is David Almond’s My Name is Mina – I’d recommend though that you read Skellig first, also by David Almond. Both breathtakingly beautiful books.

    • Joanna says:

      Am reading Thirteen Reasons Why at moment, a page-turner! I loved Skellig so will definitely look out for My Name is Mina… Yeah I’ll get through the PB’s and make a dent o the rest 😉

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