Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Honorable Mentions 2016

Here is the final installment of our Summer 2016 Remarkable Reading Recommendations! We hope you have enjoyed our lists! Up to this point, all of our posts highlighted different books featured on the Scholastic 2016 Summer Reading Booklist. Each of our posts also included a book for non-readers all the way through young adults, focused on a different theme.

Did you miss our Fiction booklist? Check it out here!

Did you miss our Throwback booklist? Check it out here!

Did you miss our Series booklist? Check it out here!

Did you miss our Non-Fiction booklist? Check it out here!

Did you miss our Just Released booklist? Check it out here!

Without further ado, we would like to present our final booklist of the season:

Selection #6 – Honorable Mentions

With so many fascinating books on the list this year, it was really difficult to narrow down the options! While we have included several “bonus books” along the way, there were still more that we thought deserved an honorable mention. Enjoy!

Ages 0 – 2

H Love Meez

Love Meez Series by Caroline Jayne Church

Caroline Jayne Church has written a delightful series for the youngest readers. Her “Love Meez” series features adorable children who are simply in love with their favorite things. From puppies to dinosaurs to bunnies and robots, everyone loves something different. No matter what your preference, we’re sure you’ll love sharing this series with your little reader. — prices vary (board books)

H Shark vs. Train

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton & Tom Lichtenheld

The time has come to settle the ultimate question — who’s the best: shark or train? This comical story pits the two classics against each other as they compete in battles of strength and wit. Who is the best on a see-saw, or in a hot air balloon? This book will determine who is ultimately the best. (And if you enjoy this one, check out Barton’s similar titles.) — $6.99 (board book)


Ages 3 – 5

H Hey Seymour

Hey, Seymour! by Walter Wick

Seymour became famous in Wick’s “Can You See What I See” series. Now Seymour is back in an all-new adventure with his dog, Button. Young readers will be so excited to follow along on Seymour’s latest adventures, which include fold-out pages, rhymes, and search-and-find activities. This charming story will keep your little reader amused for hours. — $15.30 (hardcover)

Ages 6 – 7

H The Paperboy

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

In the stillness of the morning, while everyone is asleep, the paperboy is waking up. Pilkey literally and figuratively paints a gorgeous picture of a young boy and his dog on their morning paper route. With a yawn and a smile, they embrace a quiet morning that belongs only to them. Beautiful paintings accompany this simple and poignant story that will warm your heart. — $15.43 (hardcover)

Ages 8 – 10

H The Key

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

Emma comes from an impressive lineage. She’s the direct descendant of spies, famous musicians, and scientists that all have one thing in common — they discovered their destiny in a dream. Before Emma’s mother dies, Emma promises her that she will live up to her own destiny. There’s only one problem — Emma hasn’t had dream. When she finally does have it, the seemingly impossible task involves their local cemetery and a singing ghost. Emma doesn’t want to let her mother down, but how can she possibly fulfill her destiny? — $10.56 (hardcover)

Ages 11 – 13

H The Marvels

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick has masterfully created a superb stand-alone story in his signature style — the first half of the book is told in pictures and the second half in prose. It’s a story that spans generations as a young boy living with his uncle searches the old house to discover what’s lurking in his past. The journey will take him back nearly three hundred years. This fascinating book will make you truly appreciate the power of storytelling, whether you’re a teen or an adult. — $18.14 (hardcover)

Young Adult

H Becoming Maria

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
by Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano is an Emmy award-winning actress, most notably famous for portraying Maria on Sesame Street. An inspiration to millions, she shares her one memoir of growing up as a young Hispanic-American. Young Sonia was captivated by the images on the TV screen. They provided a welcome escape from her troubled home where she lived with a loving, noisy family and an alcoholic father. But Sonia continued to dream of becoming an actress and refused to let her dream die. — $14.54 (hard cover)


If you decide to purchase these (or any other) books online, please consider supporting the Creative Education Institute and ordering them through Amazon Prime. For every purchase you make through Prime, Amazon will make a donation to the non-profile organization, which will go to provide academic services to students in need.

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Remarkable Reading Recommendations!
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