Summer is for Reading!

As the end of school approaches, it is once again time for Summer Reading. Children of all ages can sign up here!

We are very excited about this year’s theme: Tails and Tales! Below are a selection of books that work with this theme and will help jumpstart your summer reading adventure! Feel free to request one or more of these titles. Need a library card? Stop by the library or contact us at [email protected]

Picture Books

Mrs. Bibi’s Elephant by Reza Dalvand

When Mrs. Bibi is told her pet elephant has to go, she reluctantly packs her bags and heads off somewhere where they can live together in happiness. But what they both leave behind is far bigger than the other people in the town could have ever imagined. Request this book.

Let’s Scare Bear by Yuko Katakawa

Mouse, Fox, Snake, and Spider try to frighten Bear, the biggest, loudest, bravest, strongest–and possibly trickiest–animal in the forest. Request this book.

The Big Five by Bella Makatini

Danny spends a week with his Grandpa, who tells Danny about one animal from his homeland each day that he is there. Request this book.

Unstoppable by Adam Rex

When a bird and a crab team up to combine the advantages of flight and claws, it gives them an idea: why not expand the team to include other animals who have a special trait — and soon they all set out to rescue their lake from development, because united together they are unstoppable. Request this book.

Kitties on Dinosaurs by Michael L. Slack

They’re adorable! They’re daring! They’re kitties who love to climb things! And they won’t give up until they’ve achieved their ultimate climbing dream: scaling the dinosaurs on nearby Dinosaur Island. Request this book.

Agent Lion by David Soman

In an upside-down mystery filled with laugh-out-loud moments, twists and turns, and more zany animals than one can count, David Soman and Jacky Davis have crafted the perfect picture book for curious minds who enjoy a good detective tale. Request this book.

Early Readers

Jack at the Zoo by Mac Barnett

Jack, Rex, and the Lady visit the zoo. But when Jack gets hungry, he sneaks into a koala’s cage to steal some snacks. In a case of mistaken identity, the Lady takes the koala home and leaves Jack stuck in the cage. Request this book.

I Want to be a Veterinarian by Laura Driscoll

Explains what a veterinarian is and what their responsibilities are, including helping animals who are sick or hurt. Request this book.

Otter: What Pet is Best by Sam Garton

On her next adventure, Otter–the irrepressible character sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama–tries to choose the perfect pet for her and Teddy. Request this book.

Float, Flutter by Marilyn Singer

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text portray animals of all kinds hurrying to a very special destination. Request this book.

Fox the Tiger by Corey Tabor

Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in. Request this book.

Goat in a Boat by Janee Trasler

When Goat appears wearing a raincoat and invites all the animals to go for a boat ride on a sunny day, Dog declines but as heavy rain falls, Dog needs a boat, too. Request this book.

Chapter Books

Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier

One day eight-year-old Auggie Pound, the caretaker of the rare animals in the Fabled Stables, ventures into the swamp to save a new rare creature, the wisp. Request this book.

Lily to the Rescue by W. Bruce Cameron

Lily meets a crow with a broken wing, so she and Maggie Rose take the crow home to Mom. But when the crow starts to become too tame, some unexpected problems arise. It’s Lily to the rescue! Request this book.

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Lety Muñoz’s first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don’t care if she can’t always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance. But grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles–so now they have to work as a team. Request this book.

The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz

After encountering a Jersey Devil while on a field trip to the Pine Barrens, Elliot and his new friend Uchenna help their weird teacher Professor Fauna rescue the mythological creature from a pair of greedy billionaire brothers. Request this book.

Saucy by Cynthia Kadohata

When eleven-year-old Becca, a quadruplet, finds a sick piglet on the side of the road, her life is changed forever. Request this book.

A Whale of the Wild by Rosann Parry

A young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats. Request this book.


Even More Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown

 No king-of-the-jungle, fancy-pants, hair necked lions here — we’ve got the magnificent maned wolf instead. No blue whales either, we’ve got beaked whales — and lorises and dingisos and dibatags and many, many more. Request this book.

The Truth About Dolphins by Maxwell Eaton

Did you know that baby dolphins are usually born tail-first? Did you know that each dolphin has a unique whistle (like a human’s fingerprints) that makes them instantly recognizable to their friends? Did you know that killer whales are actually a kind of dolphin? Request this book.

Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrari

A father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeous nonfiction picture book. Request this book.

Bringing the Wolves Back by Jude Isabella

An unintended experiment in Yellowstone National Park, in which an ecosystem is devastated and then remarkably rehabilitated, provides crucial lessons about nature’s intricate balancing act. Request this book.

Baby Elephant Joins the Herd by Benjamin Richmond

Meet a baby elephant and see how she grows, from birth to adulthood. Developed with the American Museum of Natural History, this accessible nonfiction picture book features beautiful nature photography and an engaging narrative that will appeal to animal-loving kids. Request this book.

Can we be friends? by Erica Sirotich

This book tells about five unlikely animal friendships in sanctuaries and zoos, from around the world: Kenya’s Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise; South Africa’s Themba the elephant and Albert the sheep; California’s Koko the gorilla and her kittens; Virginia’s Kumbali the cheetah and Kago the dog; Ireland’s Ben the dog and Duggie the wild dolphin. Request this book.