Children’s Library & Teen Recommends – Summer 2021

Posted on August 6, 2021

by Joyce S

Youth Services librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!

The Children’s Library is located on the second floor of the Main Library. If you have questions about our collection, please feel free to email or call 419.259.5231.  

The Teen Library can be found on the first floor, next to Making, which houses the Making Lab as well as the video and music production studios. For all teen-related inquiries, reach out to us at or call 419.259.5297.

We hope that you continue to enjoy the reading recommendations feature in our blog posts. Of course, you do not have to stop here! Let us know if you’d like additional recommendations. Be sure to check out our kids and teen program calendar and subscribe to our YouTube channel for Saturday Morning Virtual Storytimes and other great virtual happenings! We are here for you!  

A Library card and PIN will be required to access many of the resources listed.  Need help with your card or PIN?  Contact your nearest location or call 419-259-5200. Need a new card?

Cover of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People
By Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald


Blindspot is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups – without our awareness or conscious control – shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

Cover of I Dream of Popo

I Dream of Popo
By Livia Blackburn

When a young girl emigrates with her family from Taiwan to America, she leaves behind her beloved popo, her grandmother. She misses her popo every day, but even if their visits are fleeting, their love is ever true and strong.

Cover of Sugar in Milk

Sugar in Milk
By Thrity Umrigar

Sugar in Milk is a modern story of a lonely girl who has immigrated to a new country to live with her aunt and uncle. One day, the girl’s aunt tells her a folktale from home, about refugees and a king who did not want to let them stay. The tale communicates that like sugar in milk, the refugees will sweeten the lives of this new country. Both timely and timeless, Sugar in Milk draws on the author’s own heritage. With richly detailed illustrations, this picture book has garnered several awards.

Cover of Jumanji

By Chris Van Allsburg

Wonderbook   |   eBook   |   hoopla eBook   |   hoopla eAudiobook

Revisit this Caldecott winner in our new Wonderbook format, a preloaded audiobook player permanently attached to a book! Published in 1981 and still delighting readers today, Jumanji is the story of two bored and restless children who find more excitement than they bargained for. Peter and Judy discover a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game. They must continue playing the game until there is a winner or suffer the consequences!

40th anniversary! Award-winning illustrations! Try a Wonderbook!

Cover of The Way of the House Husband

The Way of the House Husband
By Kousuke Oono

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but! Three reasons to read this book: warm, familiar, and genuinely funny.

Cover of The Canyon’s Edge

The Canyon’s Edge
By Dusti Bowling

Suffering from PTSD after a shooting, Nora is separated from her father while hiking in a canyon during a flash flood. Nora must find stamina, courage, and ingenuity to get help before they succumb to the desert heat. Three reasons to read this book: gripping action, resilient heroine, engaging use of prose and verse.

Cover of The Sandwich Thief

The Sandwich Thief
By André Marois


Part goofy whodunit, part lunchtime culinary muse, The Sandwich Thief is an unforgettable story with spice. Poor Marin must figure out who keeps stealing the special sandwiches his “cooking maniac” parents pack in his school lunches. Sandwiches keep disappearing and suspects keep piling up as the week goes on. This book is as irresistible as Marin’s mom’s mayonnaise, and you won’t want to miss the mouthwatering moment Marin makes the miscreant munch his revenge. Award-winning, savory graphics and a mouth-watering mystery make this a book you will delightfully devour.

Reasons to Read: Unique lunch ideas. Priceless moment when Marin insists his cheeks are not sweet. Flavor balls.

Are you an educator interested in a digital classroom collection list for your classroom on a different topic?  Complete our teacher collection request form!

Don’t forget that we also have the following services available:

  • Book Bundles (collections for readers, educators, and licensed childcare providers)
  • Book and Movie Picks (personalized recommendations just for you)
  • Book Kits (pre-selected book collections that are great for small book groups or clubs)

If you have any questions about any of our services, or you’re looking for help outside of the above, feel free to contact a staff member at any location for help.

As always, thank you for your continued support!

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