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Children's Literature for the Summer

Kate Pickett and Debbie McCloud from the Johnson County Library review their favorite summer reading picks for the younger set. By Up to Date, May 27, 2009

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Kate Pickett and Debbie McCloud from the Johnson County Library review their favorite summer reading picks for the younger set.

And, just so the adults don't feel slighted, Helen Hokanson from the Library has some titles for older readers!

Kid/Teen Books:

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Moon Over Star by Diana Aston.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Kitzmaurice

The Cardboard Piano by Lynne Rae Perkins

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Rosenthal

Seer of Shadows by Avi

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Larklight: a Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve

Buster Goes To Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urea

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson

Heat Wave by Eileen Spinelli

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Maximum Ride books (and graphic novels) by James Patterson

Chee-Lin: a Giraffe's Journey by James Rumford

Charles and Emma: the Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Freak Show by James St. James

Adult's books:

The Pretend Wife by Bridget Asher

Speaking with the Angel edited by Nick Hornby

A Contract with God by Will Eisner

A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See it All by Luke Dempsey

Enlightenment for Idiots by Anne Cushman

Additional Information:

Helen Hokanson has worked at Johnson County Library for 11 years, and is currently a reference librarian. She holds an B.A. in English from The University of Kansas and an M.L.S. from Emporia State University. She's tickled that she landed a job where it's not just OK, but encouraged to discuss books at great length

Kate Pickett is a Young Adult Librarian at the Johnson County Library. Her favorite memories at the library include doing model's hair at the Poetry in Motion Fashion Show, making candy sushi at the Teen Anime Festival and rocking out with wizard rock bands the Remus Lupins and the Womping Willows at PotterCast. Kate loves to use her job as excuse to not clean her apartment and instead read, watch movies and play video games and call it all professional research.

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