NOVEMBER Titles for Young People

Books We are Grateful for Reading


Courtney's Pick

How To Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
An outcast boy in a Viking village tries to gain acceptance among his tribe by attempting a traditional rite of passage: catching and training a dragon. To complete this mission, the Viking students are instructed to read a book called ‘How To Train Your Dragon’, which was found to have only one page and was therefore unhelpful. This is the first in the series of Hiccup’s adventures with his disobedient pet dragon, Toothless.

Kortney's Pick

Not a Box
by Antoinette Portis
Discover imagination and creativity, with this wonderful read-aloud title. Is it a racecar, a mountaintop, or a pirate ship? Well one thing is for sure, it is definitely Not a Box. Reading and laughing along with my kids as we shared this book was amazing. Whenever we need a reminder to play or see things from a different angle, this is a great title to reread.

Laura's Pick

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
by John R. Erickson
Being an animal lover, I always enjoyed reading, listening, and laughing to Hank the Cowdog’s hilarious adventures, especially as a kid on road trips.

Nancy's Pick

Andy and the Lion
by James Daugherty
I am grateful for the grownups who read this book to me, and for the opportunity to share it with a couple generations of kids. I have great respect for Andy, who always carries a pair of pliers in the back pocket of his overalls. Given my job, I’m grateful for the final sentence, “And the next day Andy took the book back to the library.”

Randall's Pick

Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
Classic stories of friendship and acceptance, this book was among my favorites growing up and the characters continue to resonate with readers today. Also available as a downloadable eBook on hoopla.

Sandy's Pick

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day was the first book that made a lasting impression on me.  I do not know if it was the vibrant illustrations of a little boy at play in the snow that drew me in, or the fact that my copy had previously belonged to my big sister.  What I do know is that it began my lifelong love of reading.

Vanessa's Pick

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling
Growing up my mom tried her best to get me to read but she had a difficult time getting me interested in any genre. But that all changed one day when I came across the cover of this book in the school library and checked it out on a whim. I devoured it over Christmas break and suddenly my mom had a hard time getting my nose out of a book. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the book that first sparked my interest in books and started a lifelong love of reading.  It showed me that universes can be found in the pages of a book and magic in the words printed there.       

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