Here’s my newest harvest of books to sweeten your ever growing yield for an autumn reading list. You’ll discover books for all age groups & a plethora of genres to meet everyone’s special interests.
As always, I’ve included new books from several of my revered authors: Oliver Potzsch, Jo Nesbo, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bill Bryson, Jamie Ford, Anna Dewdney, & Karen Beaumont.
Take special note of the Middle Grade fiction book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, I’ve singled out. This fall at my school, Wonder, is being read individually by all of our 7th graders and our 5th, 6th, & 8th grade teachers are using it as a read aloud. Many book aficionados are calling this a modern day classic, a must school wide reading book, and a story that is not limited to only middle grade students. As adults we all can empathize with the angst of growing up in middle school & you’ll soon discover a bond with Auggie Pullman.
“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.” (Wonder, Palacio)
I now have two very special & critical new book reviewers, pictured above, my 2-year-old grandsons, Bryce & Kashton! They’ve helped to choose a few of their favorite read-aloud books to share with you! A superb read-aloud book for them qualifies ONLY if it can be read over & over again — continuously if I might add, in one sitting!
The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
The Devil’s Necktie by John Lansing
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
The Mourning Hours by Paula T. DeBoard
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Poisoned Pilgrim by Oliver Potzsch
Police (Book 10 Harry Hole Series) by Jo Nesbo
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow
Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, & a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America by Mark Kurlansky
Shattered Image: “My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
MIDDLE GRADE FICTION
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
Where’s My Truck? By Karen Beaumont