Children's Fiction
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug
by Jonathan Stutzman

Submitted by Emily D.
Seeing his friend sad, Tiny T. Rex knows that a hug will be just the thing to cheer him up…but Tiny T. Rex doesn’t have arms long enough to give a proper hug. With some advice from family and friends, Tiny T. Rex is determined to master the art of a good hug. I laughed out loud and closed the book with a big smile on my face. A great read for all ages.
(New Children’s Picture Books) 
Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike
by Jeff Mack

Submitted by Sara E.
This is another great book in the Mr. Monkey series. Mr. Monkey is frustrated that he cannot win at his favorite video game. A little bird comes by and steals his controller and suddenly he is outside jumping, climbing, and swinging in real life to get his controller back. Mr. Monkey is silly and sure to make you giggle.
(New Easy Readers)
The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories
by Sergio Ruzzier

Submitted by Sara E.
This is the second book in the Fox & Chick series. Fox and Chick’s friendship is hilarious. Love this duo!
(New Easy Readers)
The Great Treehouse War
by Lisa Graff

Submitted by Katie B.
Winnie's parents have divorced and are busy trying to make sure everything is exactly even between them. Their attempts result in a lack of attention paid to their daughter's needs. Winnie has an incredible treehouse and an uncle in her corner. The story is told as a memoir of the time when Winnie and her friends chose to live in the treehouse as a protest for rules in their homes. She helps each of them return home and receive what they really need through her "artistic vision." Then she takes steps to solve her own family issues. I enjoyed the audiobook. There was a whole cast of voice actors for the different characters along with snappy occasional background music. The story has lots of interjections from Winnie’s classmates (in the book they are shown as post-it notes) and the different voices helps show them off in the audio version. A delightful story with a serious undertone beneath the humor.
(Children’s Audiobook/Bluestem 2020)
Wishtree
by Katherine Applegate

Submitted by Katie B.
Wishtree is the story of Red, an optimistic oak tree who is home to many wild creatures living in harmony in her branches and hollows. Every year, the residents who live nearby come to tie their wishes onto Red's branches in hopes that they will come true. One wish in particular comes from Samar, a young Muslim girl whose family is the target of a hateful act from one of their neighbors. Samar wishes for a friend, and Red, being the optimist she is, wants to do everything she can to grant this little girl's wish. Wishtree is a poignant, cleverly written tale that will have readers laughing out loud and crying tears of heartache and joy. A very timely message for readers of all ages.
(Juvenile Fiction Audiobook/Bluestem 2020)
Space Case
by Stuart Gibbs

Submitted by Katie B.
Dashiell Gibson lives on the moon with his family in a futuristic settlement. One night while going to the bathroom, Dashiell overhears one of the doctors talking on the phone, excited about some sort of announcement. The next day, the doctor is dead. Everyone is saying it was a terrible accident, maybe even a suicide, but Dashiell believes the doctor was murdered. Dash decides to risk his life to prove the doctor didn't simply lose his mind. This decision puts Dash and his whole family at risk. As a nominee for the 2020 Rebecca Caudill book award, kids will love this adventure! You can't help but root for Dash and Gibbs will certainly keep you guessing as to just who and what really happened on the face of the moon!
(Children’s Audiobook)
The Moon Within
by Aida Salazar

Submitted by Stefanie M.
An Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret for the modern age, Celi is turning 12 soon and trying to make sense of all the impending changes happening in her life. Written in verse, this book beautifully encapsulates the ups and downs of middle school, including first crushes, body changes, and helping a friend who has recently come out as genderfluid navigate a world that can sometimes be so cruel. This was a gorgeous and heartfelt #OwnVoices book that I could not put down and I can’t wait for you all to fall in love with it too.
(Children’s Fiction) 
Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself
by Matthew Gray Gubler

Submitted by Stefanie M.
This feel-good little book will remind you that being weird and unique is what makes you, you ! This book is for anyone, young or old, who is in need of a smile, or a boost in self-confidence, and will make you smile the whole way through.
(Children’s Fiction) 
I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967
by Lauren Tarshis

Submitted by Stefanie M.
This riveting installment of the I Survived series tells the story of the tragic night of August 12, 1967--the night that two unrelated bear attacks occurred at Glacier National Park. Follow 11-year-old Melody and her family as they travel to the park during one of the most tragic years in its history. Will Melody come face to face with a grizzly bear herself? How will the relationship between bears and humans change in the future? Find out in this thrilling tale about a lesser known event in American history.
(Children’s Series) 
Potato Pants
by Laurie Keller

Submitted by Sara E.
A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness.
(New Picture Books)
Rescue and Jessica: A Life Changing Friendship
by Jessica Kensky

Submitted by Sara E.
Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.
(Children’s Monarch Award Book)

How To Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
by Nicola Winstanley

Submitted by Sara E.
In this hilarious and clever "how-to," a little girl and a know-it-all narrator are thwarted by a cat who refuses to take a bath.
(New Picture Book)
Young Adult Fiction
Burn Baby Burn
by Meg Medina

Submitted by Emily D.
The summer of 1977 wasn’t easy for New Yorkers – extreme heat, power outages, arsonists, and the Son of Sam killer. Nora is finishing up her senior year and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life amidst this chaos in the city and personal chaos at home. My heart completely went out to Nora and I had to keep reading until I knew she would be okay. Older readers may enjoy it for some 1970’s nostalgia.
(Young Adult Fiction)

Hot Dog Girl
by Jennifer Dugan

Submitted by Emily D.
This was supposed to be the “best summer ever” but now Lou’s crush has a girlfriend, her best friend is annoyed with her, and her favorite place in town is closing at the end of the summer. So much for “best summer ever.” This is a great, light summer read. Enough complications in the plot to make you eager to turn the page but nothing too serious it can’t be fixed. Perfect for sitting outside with on a warm day.
(New Young Adult Fiction)

Summer Reading Program
"Read S'More Books"

Babies, kids, and teens will earn amazing prizes for reaching weekly reading goals. Adults can set their own reading goals and will be entered into weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing. New this summer, read for bonus weeks 7 and 8 for additional chances to win great prizes.

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