End of the Cuddle Years?

An article in the Wall Street Journal this Spring stated:

23% of parents of children ages 6 to 17 stopped reading to their children before age 9, often citing their child’s independent reading.

40% of children ages 6 to 11 said they didn’t want their parents to stop reading aloud to them.

What Makes A Hero?

Brad Meltzer has written a series of books for young readers exploring how ordinary people change the world.

Kirkland Public Library now has six of these books in our collection and all are delightful biographies. Our shelves include I am Abraham Lincoln, I am Amelia Earhart, I am Rosie Parks, I am Jackie Robinson, I am Martin Luther King, Jr., and I am Helen Keller. These books inspire kids to dream big, one great role model at a time.



Kirkland Public Library is now offering Scholastic’s Banches – a unique line of books specifically designed for newly independent readers who are ready to make the exciting leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book.

Branches books bridge the gap between leveled readers and traditional chapter books.

All Branches books are Common Core-ready and include:

Easy-to-read text

Simple plotlines

Plenty of context clues

Purposeful illustrations that aid reading comprehension

Time Magazine’s All-Time Favorite Books for Young Readers


Top 10 Young Adult Books

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Harry Potter (series)

The Book Thief

A Wrinkle in Time

Charlotte’s Web



The Outsiders

The Phantom Tollboth

The Giver

. . . and 15 more

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

To Kill a Mockingbird

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Anne of Green Gables (series)

The Chronicles of Narnia (series)


The Golden Compass

The Diary of a Young Girl

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweller

Looking for Alaska

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Little House on the Prairie (series)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


The Once and Future King (series)

Top 10 Children’s Books

Where the Wild Things Are

The Snowy Day

Goodnight Moon

Blueberries for Sal

Little Bear (series)

Owl Moon

The Giving Tree

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs


Where the Sidewalk Ends

. . . and 15 more

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Make Way for Ducklings

Olivia (series)

Madeline (series)

Anno’s Journey

Frog and Toad (series)

Click, Clack, Moo

The Store of Ferdinand

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!


I Want My Hat Back

Miss Rumphlus

Brave Irene

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,

No Good, Very Bad Day