Remarkable Reading Recommendations — Throwback 2016

Welcome back, readers!

Here is the second installment of our Summer 2016 Remarkable Reading Recommendations! All of our posts will highlight different books featured on the Scholastic 2016 Summer Reading Booklist. Each of our posts will focus on a different theme and will include a book for non-readers all the way through young adults.

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


Selection #2 – Throwback

Some of the books on this booklist from Scholastic have stood the test of time. From familiar stories and family favorites, to retellings and newer classics, there is something to be said for older books.

Ages 0 – 2

T Giraffes

Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

First published in 2001, this delightful story is now available as a board book. All Gerald wants to do is dance like the rest of the jungle animals. But when you’re a giraffe with long legs and nimble knees, it’s not easy to cha-cha like the chimps. Perhaps Gerald just need to find a dance of his very own. No doubt this charming story will have your little one dancing the day away! — $5.45 (board book)

Ages 3 – 5

T Press Here

Press Here, by Herve Tullet

In 2011, Tullet first introduced the world to an interactive book entitled Press Here. Five years later, he has written several spin-offs of his bestselling story. Watch your young reader be amazed when they press that seemingly simple yellow dot. No doubt they will ask to revisit this book again and again — just to see what happens! — $9.09 (hardcover)

Ages 6 – 7

T Notebook of Doom

The Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons,
by Troy Cummings

In 2013, Alexander moved to a brand new neighborhood, where he stumbled upon an old notebook with the word “DOOM” written on the cover. Little did Alexander know that he was now in possession of the Notebook of Doom, a tome of top secret information about monsters! In this first book of the series, Alexander comes face-to-face with the balloon goons. With 10 titles to choose from, there are always plenty more monsters to discover. — $2.97 (paperback)

Ages 8 – 10

T Goosebumps

Goosebumps Series, by R.L. Stein

When it comes to scary stories for kids, R.L. Stein is about as spooky as it gets! The first Goosebumps book, Welcome to Dead House, was published in 1992. The original series contained more than 60 horror stories and inspired several different spin-offs. The books have been republished several times and delight readers as much today as they did in the nineties. At the height of popularity, more than 4 million Goosebumps books were sold each month! — $4.45 (mass market paperback)



T It Came from Ohio

It Came From Ohio!: My Life as a Writer, by R.L. Stein

(Seriously, how could I skip this title?) R.L. Stein has finally penned his life story! What inspires this legendary horror story writer? Was he constantly scared as a child, or did he go looking for adventure? What was he afraid of? Now you can find out! — $6.22 (paperback)

Ages 11 – 13

T A Night Divided

A Night Divided, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This isn’t an official throwback book (in the sense of the rest of the list), but I thought it was an appropriate “throwback” based on the subject matter. Twelve-year-old Gerta lives in East Germany with her family. When the Berlin wall is erected, it separates her from her brother and father, who had gone west in search for work. Gerta is desperate to reunite her family, but enough to risk tunneling under the wall? If she fails, the consequences will be deadly — $10.78 (hardcover)

Young Adult

T Colors of Madeline

A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeline series), by Jaclyn Moriarty

In 2013, Moriarty introduced us to a fantasy series beyond our imagination. Madeline has run away with her mother. Elliot, who lives in another world, is trying to unravel the truth behind his father’s mysterious disappearance. The two teens discover a way to talk between worlds, a path that was thought to have been lost long ago. But then come the dangerous “color storms”. Who is safe now? — $14.92 (hardcover)


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Be on the lookout for the next installment of our reading list – Series books!


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