Good Reads

KY First Lady Summer Reading List

In an effort to bring awareness and increase student reading, First Lady Jane Beshear announced a list of Top 10 Summer Reads. Following each title is a quote from her about the book and age recommendations. Click on a title to see the call number and check the catalog for availability.

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The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

"I read this classic series to my sons Andy and Jeff when they were little. From the first book to the last, this series is brimming with tales of magic, adventure and daydreaming." (All Ages)

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a Novel in Words and Pictures
by Brian Selznick

"An award-winning book from Scholastic, this innovative work tells a unique tale based on a historical, true story using equal parts written text and elaborate illustration." (Ages: 8-14)

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The Coal Tatto: a Novel
by Silas House

"Silas House is a Kentucky treasure, and has become nationally known for his stories about Kentucky's Appalachian hills. This book would be ideal for high school students, who definitely will want to read his other works upon finishing." (Ages: 14-17)

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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
by Paul Fleischman

"This Newberry Medal Award winner is a great way to introduce children to poetry while making it tangible, interactive, and fun. Friends or siblings can take separate parts of the poems and read them aloud in tandem with each other." (Ages: 8-12)

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The Eleventh Hour: a Curious Mystery
by Graeme Base

"An interactive and gorgeously illustrated 'mystery' tale where readers can follow along and track clues as to who may have eaten all the food at Horace the Elephant's birthday party." (Ages: 4-8)

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The Penderwicks: a Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall

"A breezy, light, and whimsical work that follows the summer adventures of four sisters - a perfect outdoor read for an afternoon in the sun!" (Ages: 10-14)

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Fantastic Mr. Fox
by Roald Dahl

"As one of the most prolific and influential young adult authors of the 20th Century, Dahl shines with this book as with all his works. By the end, readers, too, will want to join in with the taunts of the farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean." (Ages: 7-11)

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Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: a Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up
by Mollie Katzen

"Getting kids into the kitchen and learning how to cook is a great way to teach about food, health, and nutrition using the bounty of summer produce." (Ages 4-8)

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg

"A book about a precocious 12-year-old who runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her exciting adventures will captivate students." (Ages: 10-15)

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Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

"I can't wait to read this beautifully illustrated, spirited book to my grandsons. It's one of my favorites." (Ages: Birth-4)


Last Updated: 7/17/09