Summer Reading 2017List For Babies ,Kids ,Adults &Teens

Keep your child reading all summer with this selection of summer reading lists. These lists of recommended children’s books and young adult books are organized by grade levels or age. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books.

Adult NONFICTION
The Human Age:The World Shaped by Us
by Diane Ackerman

Love Wins: The Loversand Lawyers Who Foughtthe Landmark Case forMarriage Equality
by Debbie Cenziper & Jim Obergefell

Rise of the Rocket Girls
by Nathalia Holt

Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin

Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak by Glenn Dixon

Why I Am Not a Feminist by Jessa Crispin

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

Somebody with a Little Hammer: Essaysby Mary Gaitskill

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

 

 

                                 Adult FICTION

The Magic Stringsof Frankie Presto
by Mitch Albom
My Grandmother AskedMe to Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
LaRose: A Novel
by Louise Erdrich
Jane Steele: A Confession
by Lyndsay Faye
Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg
The Museum ofExtraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman
Buried Giant
by Kazuo Ishiguro

China Rich Girlfriendby Kevin Kwan
I Almost Forgot About You
by Terry McMillan

The Obsession
by Nora Roberts

A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler

Dietland
by Sarai Walker

A Hero of France: A Novel
by Alan Furst

 

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

Paradise Elsewhere by Kathy Page

The Great Frustration by Seth Fried

Volt by Alan Heathcock

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sisters Husband and He Hanged Himself by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Lovers on All Saints’ Day by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Indigo by Satyajit Ray

What is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

The Pier Falls and Other Stories by Mark Haddon

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson

Crow Fair by Thomas McGuane

The Dream Life of Astronauts by Patrick Ryan

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

Amor and Psycho by Carolyn Cooke

Spectacle by Susan Steinberg

Ghost Summer by Tananarive Due

The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

The Loss of All Lost Things by Amina Gautier

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

In the Country by Mia Alvar

Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You by Cecilia Rodriguez Milanes

In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd  by Ana Menéndez

Ayiti by Roxane Gay

The Safety of Objects by A.M. Homes

Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf

The Garden Party by Katharine Mansfield

Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter

Falling In Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Boat by Nam Le

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Trash by Dorothy Allison

Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

Night Shift by Stephen King

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud

At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link

Gut Shot by Amelia Gray

Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood

Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros

Brownsville by Oscar Casares

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg

Delicate Edible Birds by by Lauren Groff

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

Monstress by Lysley Tenorio

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders  by Neil Gaiman

The Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb

Family Furnishings by Alice Munro

Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

Birds of America by Lorrie Moore

Enormous Changes at the Last Moment by Grace Paley

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

East, West by Salman Rushdie

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Oblivion by David Foster Wallace

We Should Never Meet by Aimee Phan

Zigzagger by Manuel Munoz

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down by Alice Walker

Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekov

The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich

Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul

How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capó Crucet

The Southern Cross by Skip Horack

How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique

Cities I Never Lived In by Sara Majka

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman

There’s Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter

The Love Object by Edna O’Brien

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

The Barrens and Others by F. Paul Wilson

High Lonesome by Joyce Carol Oates

Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut


The Birthday of the World by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender

A Better Angel by Chris Adrian

Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue

Burning Bright  by Ron Rash

Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino

‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ by Arundhati Roy

‘Policing the Black Man’ edited by Angela J. Davis-

The deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Michael Brown are among the greatest and most telling tragedies in recent American History. Renowned activist and academic Angela Davis has brought together essays from legal and criminology experts to shed light on a complex web of racial profiling, policing, and the justice system. (July 11

‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria’ by Wendy Pearlman
‘How to Fall in Love With Anyone’ by Mandy Len Catron
‘Apprenticed to Venus: My Secret Life With Anaïs Nin’ by Tristine Rainer
‘Autumn’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard
‘The Burning Girl’ by Claire Messud
‘The Futilitarians’ by Anne Gisleson

‘Perennials’ by Mandy Berman

‘Do Not Become Alarmed’ by Maile Meloy

‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria’ by Wendy Pearlma

‘Surpassing Certainty’ by Janet Mock

‘Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History’ by Camille Dungy

‘Dying: A Memoir’ by Cory Taylor

‘Girl in Snow’ by Danya Kukafka

‘How to Fall in Love With Anyone’ by Mandy Len Catron

‘Goodbye, Vitamin’ by Rachel Khong

‘New People’ by Danzy Senna

Sex and Rage’ by Eve Babitz

‘See What I Have Done’ by Sarah Schmidt

                                                      Bullies and Bullying in Kids’ Books

For Middle Grade Readers and Teens

Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio
Recommended for: Ages 9-12
Story: Wonder is a character-driven novel about ten-year-old Auggie Pullman who just wants to be treated as an ordinary boy when he starts school after being home schooled. However, because of his facial deformity, he is bullied and has a difficult time at school for quite some time.The author brings up some important points about identity and how people tend to judge people who are different in this engrossing story, which has been very popular with middle grade readers.

Jake Drake Bully Buster

Author: Andrew Clements
Recommended for: Grade 2-5, including reluctant readers or struggling middle grade readers
Story: This short (under 90 pages) chapter book is the entertaining story narrated by fourth grader Jake Drake of his experiences being bullied when he was younger and how he learned to be a bully-buster when he was in second grade. The various choices Jake makes and the results add interest and humor to the story and provide insight as to why kids bully and how to handle bullying.

Schooled

Author: Gordon Korman
Recommended for: Ages 9-14
Story: Schooled, an entertaining novel by popular middle grade author Gordon Korman provides both humor and some important messages about bullying and being true to yourself. Find out how one peace-loving boy, attending school for  the first time, changes the whole culture of his middle school where bullying is the norm.

The Skinny on Bullying

Author: Mike Cassidy
Illustration and Design: Lindy Nass and Kim Lincoln
Recommended for: Ages 9-14, as well as parents and teachers
Story:This nonfiction book will help you and your kids to better understand what bullying is and how to deal with bullies. The author uses a clever story in comic book style to illustrate major points in a way kids will instantly understand.

Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli
Recommended for: Ages 10 and up
Story: Stargirl is a middle grade novel about the impact of peer pressure and bullying on Stargirl, the new (and different) girl in high school and on Leo, the narrator of the story, who has to decide if he will remain true to his own feelings or give in to the peer pressure that surrounds him.

Shooter

Author: Walter Dean Myers
Recommended for: Ages 14 and older
Story: Walter Dean Myers’s dramatic young adult novel is written in documentary style, about a shooting at a high school by a 17-year-old student and the search for the underlying causes, including the impact of constant bullying.

Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown
Recommended for: Age 14 and older
Story: Hate List is realistic teen fiction about a school shooting, fueled by a number of things, including dysfunctional families, bullies, and a desire for vengeance. It’s a disturbing and thought-provoking young adult novel about tragedy and survival. The American Library Association recognized it as a Best Book for Young Adults

Contemporary Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs for Teens

Here is a list of highly recommended contemporary biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs written for teens that include life lessons about making choices, overcoming monumental challenges and having the courage to be a voice for change.

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board is Bethany Hamilton’s story. Fourteen-year-old competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton thought her life was over when she lost her arm in a shark attack. Yet, despite this obstacle, she found the determination to continue surfing in her own creative style and proved to herself that the World Surfing Championships were still within reach. In this true account, Bethany tells the story of her life before and after the accident while inspiring readers to overcome obstacles by finding an inner passion and determination. This book is a wonderful story of faith, family, and courage recommended for teens age 12-18.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

In the early 1990s, 12-year-old Ishmael Beah was swept up into Sierra Leone’s civil war and was turned into a boy soldier. Although a gentle and kind boy at heart, Beah discovered he was capable of horrific acts of brutality. The first part of Beah’s memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, depicts the frighteningly easy transformation of a typical boy changing into an angry teen with the ability to hate, kill, and wield an AK-47; but the last part of the story reveals Beah’s rehabilitation and travel to the United States where he graduated from college. This powerful story of children caught up in civil war is riveting and is recommended for ages 14 and up.

I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs From Teens Famous and Obscure

“He said goodbye with YouTube links.” In just six words, teens famous and obscure make statements about life, family, and their view of the world. Editors of Smith Magazine challenged teens across the nation to write a six-word memoir and submit it for publication. The result? I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs From Teens Famous and Obscure is a book containing 800 six-word statements ranging in emotion from comical to profound. These fast-paced, intuitive poems written by and for teens will appeal to all types of readers, and inspire teens to think of their own six-word memoirs. I recommend this insightful book for readers who are 12-up.

The Bite of the Mango by Miratu Kamara

Brutally attacked by rebel soldiers who cut off both her hands, 12-year-old Miratu Kamara from Sierra Leone miraculously survived and found her way to a refugee camp. When journalists arrived in her country to document the atrocities of war, Miratu was rescued. Her story, The Bite of the Mango of survival as a ​victim of civil war to becoming a UNICEF Special Representative is an inspiring story of courage and triumph. Due to the mature themes of war and violence, this book is recommended for teens age 14 and up.

Born a Crime  by  Trevor Noah

The title Born a Crime was chosen very deliberately, because when Noah was born he was a crime—it was illegal in South Africa at the time for blacks and whites to have children (yes, really). In fact, Noah opens his book with a quote from the Immorality Act of 1927. Noah was born in 1984, just a few years before South Africa’s apartheid system collapsed, but that racist system and the Immorality Act had an immense influence on his early life, because Noah was very light-skinned. He never saw his father, and his mother had to hide him away, often acting as if he wasn’t her son in public for fear that she might be charged with a crime and arrested.

 Classic Novels for Teens

Just before they enter high school is a great time to introduce teens to some classic novels and prepare them for the books they may be studying during high school. Give your teen a head start by checking out some of these classic novels for high school students. All of them are recommended for ages 14 and up.

A Separate Peace

A friendship forms between two boys attending a New England boarding school during World War II. Gene, smart and socially awkward, draws the attention of Phineas, a handsome, athletic and outgoing boy. The two become friends, but war and rivalry lead to a tragic accident. John Knowles is the author of A Separate Peace, a classic story about friendship and adolescence.

1984

Big Brother is watching. This classic, written in 1948 by George Orwell, is about a dystopian society ruled by a controlling government. When Winston Smith attempts to retain his humanity and secretly thwart the government, he discovers who is a friend and who is an enemy.  The novel 1984 is a fascinating and disturbing look at society and government.

Of Mice and Men

Best friends Lennie and George travel from farm to farm in California looking for work while trying to avoid trouble.  Although both men are good workers and have dreams of owning their own farm, they never stay at one job long because of Lennie. Lennie is a simple minded gentle giant who doesn’t know his own strength and often gets into trouble. When tragedy strikes, George must make an awful decision that will alter the plans he and Lennie have made for their future. Of Mice and Men is a classic John Steinbeck story about migrant workers and the downtrodden surviving the Great Depression.

The Old Man and the Sea

Using only 27,000 words, Ernest Hemingway’s shortest novel depicts the classic struggle of an old Cuban fisherman who hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days. With courage and determination the elderly man goes out on his small boat one more time. Although simple in its telling, The Old Man and the Sea is a story of never giving up and living life to the fullest.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This beloved American classic set in Macomb County, Alabama during the Depression is a story about a small town dealing with the issues of class and prejudice.  Scout Finch, 8, and her brother Jem, 10, learn lessons about love and humanity from their father Atticus and from other memorable characters. Written in 1960 by Harper Lee, To KIll a Mockingbird has won numerous awards including the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has been listed by the Library School Journal as one of the “Best Books of the 20th Century”.

Lord of the Flies

An airplane evacuating school boys from Britain during World War II is shot down over a remote tropical area. Two boys, Ralph and Piggy, find the other surviving boys and begin to organize the group. As time passes rivalries are formed, rules are broken and civilized behavior has turned savage. Lord of the Flies is a classic study on human nature, adolescence, and competition by William Golding

The Scarlet Letter

Set in 17th century Massachusetts, a young married woman living in a Puritan colony becomes pregnant and refuses to name the father. Hester Prynne, the strong heroine of this American classic by Nathaniel Hawthorne, must endure prejudice and hypocrisy from a society who demands she be punished by wearing a scarlet letter “A” upon her dress. The Scarlet Letter is an in-depth look at morality, guilt, and sin and is a must read for every high school student.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer’s best friend, stakes out his own adventure in this classic coming of age tale.  Tired of trying to be good and fearful of his drunken father, Huck Finn runs away and takes Jim, an escaped slave, with him. Together they sail down the Mississippi River on a raft and experience dangerous as well a comical adventures along the way. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an enduring classic.

 

The Call of the Wild

Buck, part St. Bernard part Scotch Shepherd , is abducted from his comfortable life in California and forced to endure the arctic cold of the Yukon territory as a sled dog. Set in the midst of the Alaskan gold rush, The Call of the Wild by Jack London is the story of one dog’s survival of beatings, starvation, and frigid temperatures

 

 

The Great Gatsby

James Gatz from North Dakota reinvents himself as the self assured and wealthy Jay Gatsby as he tries to win the love of his childhood sweetheart Daisy Buchanan. Set in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, Gatsby and his friends are blinded by the glitz and glamour of wealth and learn too late of its inability to bring them true happiness. The Great Gatsby is author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s greatest novel is a classic study of the Gilded Age and one man’s corrupted view of the American dream

‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

1984 are often lumped together on reading lists, although they paint very different pictures of what the future may hold. Brave New World is funny, clever and will help you better understand a lot of cultural references.

‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

Read the book that has inspired countless other books, movies, and TV shows. Dracula is written through letters and diary entries and will make you feel like an intimate player in a foreign world.

‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath is the story of a family during the Great Depression, but the descriptions and symbolic imagery tell a much bigger tale. This is definitely a classic in American literature.

 

A few other books that also have popularity include:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Twilight (Book #1)-
  • Paper Towns
  • The Catcher in the Rye-
  • Fahrenheit 451-
  • Animal Farm-
  • Frankenstein-
  • The Odyssey-
  • Brave New World-
  • The Crucible –
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower-
  • Speak-

Modern Fairy Tales for Teen Girls

Entwined

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, readers will be swept away into this fantasy world of dance, love, mystery, and curses created by author Heather Dixon. Azalea and her eleven sisters are trapped inside the castle with the Keeper. Each night he lets them out through a secret passage way to dance.  As the heir to the throne, Azalea must take care of her sisters and find a way free them from Keeper’s curse. Readers will enjoy the detailed dance scenes and be pleasantly surprised to learn the double meaning of the word entwine. Recommended for ages 12-16.

Tiger’s Curse

 For 300 hundred years he’s been cursed to live as a Tiger, but when she wishes for his freedom the curse begins to unravel. Thus begins the story of a girl whose summer job at the circus turns into an adventure in India as she helps her Indian prince undo the prophecy placed upon him by a cunning king. Full of romance and adventure, this sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast is the first book in the Tiger’s Curse series by debut author Colleen Houck. Recommended for ages 12-18

Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

This classic retelling by award winning author Robin McKinley is a more detailed version of the original story about a girl who is known more for her intelligence than her beauty. Following the traditional tale, Beauty and her sisters must move to the country when their father encounters financial ruin. Her relationship with the Beast is a slow unfolding of friendship that turns to love. Recommended for ages 12-18.

Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Although her mother died when she was a baby, Lady Jessica enjoyed a peaceful and fun childhood. Her happy world is altered when her father decides to remarry a woman who is jealous of Jessica’s beauty. To escape her evil stepmother, Jessica runs away to London where she meets a band of outcasts and changes her name to Snow. How long will she be able to stay hidden from the stepmother who wants her dead? Tracy Lynn’s retelling of Snow White is one of several books in the popular Once Upon a Time fairy tale series. Recommended for ages 12-14

Just Ella

Feisty, fifteen year old Ella is an independent and resourceful girl: she sews her own dresses, glass blows her own slippers, and is always looking for a good deed to perform. Meanwhile, she is starting to find that Prince Charming is about as interesting as a slug, and that her tutor, Jed, is a much more appealing companion. In this fractured and extended version of Cinderella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, readers are introduced to a strong willed female who discovers that the true meaning of happily ever after is about more than clothes, castles, and charming princes. Recommended for ages 12-14

Dark Fantasy Books For Teens Who Love Twilight

Keturah and Lord Death

While chasing a deer through the forest near her village, sixteen year old Keturah becomes lost and encounters Lord Death. Keturah, a gifted storyteller, spins a romantic tale about looking for true love to distract the handsome lord from claiming her life. Entranced by her stories, Lord Death grants Keturah twenty four hours to find her true love and return to the forest. This is a charming and sweet love story with a surprise ending. Keturah and Lord Death was written by Martine Leavitt. Recommended for ages 14-18

City of Bones

In this paranormal romance, Shadow Hunters walk the streets of New York City patrolling the creatures of the underworld. Clary Fray is unaware of this other world until the night she visits the Pandemonium Club and witnesses a demon slaying. Without warning she is drawn into the dark and exciting world of fallen angels and monsters. This is the first book in the popular Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. Recommended for ages 14-18.

Unearthly

Seventeen year old Clara is part angel and for three years she’s had visions of saving a boy from a fiery death. Clues from her visions take her to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she meets Christian, the boy in her dreams. There’s just one problem: Along the way she meets Tucker and will be forced to choose between following her heart or fulfilling her angelic purpose. Cynthia Hand is the author of Unearthly. Recommended for ages 14-18

Dystopian Novels for Teens

In addition to the very popular Hunger Games series, here are several other dystopian novels and series for teens that include strong heroes and heroines battling tyrannical governments and grim futures. Check out this list of dystopian novels for teens.

Divergent

Debut author Veronica Roth has created an exciting new dystopian series for teens. Sixteen year old Beatrice Prior must choose a faction. Will she chose Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Amity, or Erudite? Despite the faction she chooses, Beatrice harbors a secret that if discovered could bring harm to herself and the ones she loves. This book is recommended by the publisher for teens 14-up.

Delirium

Love is dangerous and brings nothing but destruction and disease. Seventeen year old Lena Haloway is counting the days when she will turn eighteen and have the mandatory government operation that will remove her ability to feel love. All is well and going according to plan until Lena meets Alex and discovers that the feelings she is taught to fear are far more powerful and pleasant than she realized. Lauren Oliver delivers a fast paced and deeply romantic dystopian book about what happens when a government controls a society’s emotions. This book is recommended by the publisher for teens 14-up.

The Hunger Games

When Katniss Everdeen’s sister’s name is drawn in the reaping she steps in to take her place. The annual Hunger Games is a battle to the death and Katniss will not let her little sister die, but now she must be partnered with the one boy from District 12 she cannot bear to harm. Katniss must rely on keen battle skills and sharp wit to protect both her and the baker’s son while thinking of a way to outsmart the government that would control them all. This is the first book in Suzanne Collins’ popular Hunger Games trilogy. This book is recommended by the publisher for teens 14-up.

Ship Breaker

Seventeen year old Nailer scavenges the beach looking for copper and other treasures found in  ship wreckage. In a world trying to survive the ravages of global warming, Printz award winning author Paolo Baciogalupi introduces readers to teens trying to survive in the leftovers remaining from the environmental choices of earlier generations. This story of survival in a grim and dreary world is lesson to be heeded by readers. This book is recommended by the publisher for teens 14-up.

Unwind

The Second Civil War in America over reproductive rights turned into a compromise now called The Bill of Life. Abortion is illegal, but any teen between 13 and 18 can be unwound or harvested for body parts if they are unruly, a ward of the state, or a tithe. Connor, Risa, and Lev are “Unwinds”, but they are on the run and trying to flee from the government who would use their bodies for the benefit of others. Award winning author Neal Shusterman opens the door for a profound discussion about organ donation and personal rights about choice. This book is recommended by the publisher for teens 13-up

Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten

The Carrot Seed

A  little boy plants a carrot seed and takes care of it diligently even though each member of his family gives him no hope that it will grow. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, with illustrations by Crockett Johnson.

Where the Wild Things Are,

 The book by Maurice Sendak has become a classic. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal as the “Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year,” it was first published by HarperCollins in 1963. When Sendak wrote the book Where the Wild Things Are, the theme of dealing with dark emotions was rare in children’s literature, especially in picture book format for young children

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is the third picture book featuring the mellow blue cat and his positive attitude towards life. While the story revolves around Pete and his reactions when one by one, he loses his four groovy buttons, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is also a number concept book.

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney is a spectacular wordless picture book from start to finish. From the moment you see the book jacket of The Lion and the Mouse, you know you are in for something special. As you can see from the photo, there are no words, just a fascinating portrait of a lion.

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman is not only a Random House I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Book for beginning readers, but it is also enormously popular with younger children who love having the amusing story read to them again and again.

 

The Kissing Hand is the story of Chester Raccoon, who is terrified to tears at the thought of starting kindergarten and being away from his home, his mother and his usual activities.His mother reassures him about all the good things he will find at school, including new friends, toys, and books.His mother reassures him about all the good things he will find at school, including new friends, toys, and books.

Children’s Books that Make Great Graduation Gifts

Find The Perfect Gift For Your Child’s Next Stafe

Children’s picture books that make excellent graduation gifts. If you are looking for a unique gift for a high school or college graduate, I recommend these children’s picture books for their wit and wisdom. One of the benefits of this type of gift is that you can share some important messages and tips with a graduate without sounding like you are preaching.

 

 Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life contains, as the subtitle says, Tips from a Cool Cat for living an AWESOME Life. Unlike the other Pete the Cat book on this list, this book is not a story.  Instead, the book by Kimberly and James Dean is a collection of well-known quotations, along with Pete the Cat’s interpretation in words and pictures.

Quotations are from William Wordsworth, Helen Keller, John Wooden and Plato, among others. There’s a lot of wisdom in the book and thanks to Pete’s laid back attitude and engaging explanations, Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life is both a fun and a worthwhile gift for a graduate.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Oh, the Places You’ll Go is an inspirational book in rhyme that speaks directly to the reader and provides an uplifting sendoff for people entering a new phase in their lives; Dr. Seuss also points out that there will be difficult times as well as good times.

I wish You More

I Wish You More, by the award-winning team of picture book creators Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld is a book full of good wishes, expressed in a way that young children will enjoy and that graduates will appreciate. The wishes are presented as expressions of love and delivered in double-page spreads featuring a simple sentence and an accompanying illustration.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

If your graduate tends to worry and get uptight about things that go wrong, this is a good book to share. Pete, who is a pretty laid-back cat, has four groovy buttons on his shirt. What happens when one by one they pop off

If You Hold a Seed

Author and Illustrator Elly MacKay’s luminous illustrations complement this quiet story about a little boy who plants a seed and patiently cultivates and cares for it over the seasons and years until it reaches maturity. This story also serves as a metaphor for working towards a dream/goal with care and patience and reaching it over time, which makes If You Hold a Seed a good graduation gift.

Only One You

In this picture book written and illustrated by Linda Kranz, a mother and father decide it is time to share their wisdom with their son, Adri. Adri and his parents are colorful “rockfish” and live in a large community of brightly colored and intricately decorated rockfish. While Adri’s parents’ words are indeed wise, it is the mixed media artwork illustrating their meaning that makes this book so special.

 

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

The author and artist, D.B. Johnson, uses a quotation from Henry David Thoreau as the basis for the plot. The lively artwork and seeing Thoreau and his friend portrayed as bears adds to the enjoyment. However, there is an important message here. Thoreau stressed the importance of simplicity rather than material goods. With all of the emphasis on getting ahead in life, this book helps to put things in perspective

Zoom

Istvan Banyai’s Zoom is a bright and colorful wordless book that is sure to amuse graduates while reinforcing the importance of standing back and looking at the “Big Picture” and getting all the information you need before making decisions. This book is perfect for the graduate who says s/he is looking at the Big Picture when planning for the future but actually has tunnel vision.

Top Children’s Books About Dinosaurs

Scholastic Dinosaurs A to Z: The Ultimate Dinosaur Encyclopdia

This is an excellent reference book for 9-12 year olds who want specific information on the many different dinosaurs. Each of the hundreds of individual listings contains the name of the dinosaur, a pronunciation guide, the classification, size, time in which it lived, location, diet, and additional details. Carefully rendered illustrations by artist Jan Sovak are an asset. The book’s author, Don Lessem, has written more than 30 books about dinosaurs.

National Geographic Dinosaurs

National Geographic Dinosaurs, a 192-page book, stands out because of the detailed paintings of dinosaurs. The book was written by Paul Barnett and illustrated by Raul Martin, a paleo-artist. The first third of the book provides general information while the remainder provides descriptions of more than 50 dinosaurs. A map, a chart comparing the dinosaur’s size to that of a man, a detailed painting, and photos are some of the graphics that accompany the written descriptions

Danny and the Dinosaur

In Danny and the Dinosaur,  young boy, Danny, visits the local museum and is surprised when one of the dinosaurs comes to life and joins him for a day of play and fun around the town. The controlled vocabulary, imaginative story, and appealing illustrations have made this I Can Read book popular with kids who have just started to read without assistance. The Danny and the Dinosaur series by Syd Hoff has entertained several generations of beginning readers.

Summer Reading 2017 Babies

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Everything Book by Denise Fleming

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

Good Job, Little Bear by Martin Waddell

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews

Please, Baby, Please by Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell

You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest

Steam Train, Dream Train
1-2-3
by Sherri Duskey Rinker,
“Three rabbits hopping as
they ride . . . ” Count along in
this board book as the cars
of Steam Train, Dream Train
pass by

Thank You and Good
Night
by Patrick McDonnell
Three friends at a sleepover
enjoy life’s simple pleasures
in this, the perfect bedtime
story.
Tree: A Peek-Through
Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup
Learn about colors and
seasons and meet the
animals who make a tree their
home.
Twenty Yawns
by Jane Smiley, illustrated by
Lauren Castillo
After a long, full day at the
beach, everyone in the family
falls asleep early except
young Lucy and her

The Whale in My
Swimming Pool
by Joyce Wan
A boy goes out to swim,
only to find a whale in his
swimming pool. He tries
everything he can think of to
get him out before coming to
the perfect solution.
The Wheels on the Tuk
Tuk
by Kabir Sehgal and
Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated
by Jess Golden
“The Wheels on the Bus”
has never been so fun in
this modern update to the
traditional song—this time set
in India!
When Green Becomes
Tomatoes: Poems for All
Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated
by Julie Morstad
Beginning with the start
of spring, poetic journal
entries celebrate the sights
and feelings evoked by the
seasons.

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
by Jane Cabrera

This playful take on the old
nursery rhyme shows what
happens to the wool the
sheep gives out, as it is made
into mittens, a vest, and
more.
Beach Baby
by Laurie Elmquist,
illustrated by Elly MacKay
From sand dollars to
sandpipers, a baby’s blissful
day at the beach is recalled
in lyrical verse and simple
pastel-hued illustrations.

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!
by Todd Tarpley, illustrated
by John Rocco
A boy and his three
rambunctious robots get
ready for bed.

Canticos: Elefantitos /
Canticos: Little Elephants
by Susie Jaramillo
This traditional Mexican
counting song is perfect for
putting youngsters to sleep,
in English and Spanish.

City Shapes
by Diana Murray, illustrated
by Bryan Collier
Through the eyes of a young
girl, shapes rise, shift, and
compose the cityscape from
the shimmering squares of a
skyscraper to the circles in
the sunglasses of a cop.

Cockatoo, Too
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
little bee books,
Enter the jungle, where
you’ll meet many cockatoos
and toucans, and have fun
reading this lively story filled
with wordplay.

Cricket Song
by Anne Hunter
Describing the sounds
and smells two children
on different continents
experience while falling
asleep, the reader
becomes aware of the
interconnectedness found
throughout the world in this
charming bedtime story.

Egg
by Kevin
Henkes
When the fourth egg
hatches—surprise! It is an
alligator that is looking for a
friend.

I Hear a Pickle (and
Smell, See, Touch, and
Taste It, Too!)
by Rachel Isadora
A group of children describe
many things in their world
that they can sense in this
early nonfiction title.

The Lending Zoo
by Frank Asch
When a tiger goes missing,
Miss Perkins, the zookeeper,
and Molly search through
ponds, streets, and beaches,
only to be led back to where
they started.
Let’s Play!
by Hervé Tullet

Play your way through this
interactive and humorous
book!
Looking for Bongo
by Eric Velasquez
A boy’s stuffed dog is
missing: can advice from his
abuela and a bit of detective
work help him find his
beloved toy?

My Heart Fills with
Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith,
illustrated by Julie Flett
A celebration of moments in
life to reflect on and cherish.

Old MacDonald Had a
Truck
by Steve Goetz, illustrated by
Eda Kaban
Toddlers will love to sing
along with this new version
of an old favorite, featuring
heavy farm machinery.

Puddle
by Hyewon Yum
A rainy day doesn’t stop a
boy and his mother from
having creative fun both
inside and out.

Puddles!!!
by Kevan Atteberry
Declan the monster loves to
walk in the rain and splash
in puddles. Will his bunny
friends enjoy this as much as
he does?
Sidewalk Flowers
by JonArno Lawson,
illustrated by Sydney Smith
A young girl living in the city
shares wildflowers she finds
while walking, transforming
the lives of all she meets.

Summer Reading for Teens

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Thirteen Reasons Why (10th Anniversary Edition)by Jay Asher

Greenglass House
by Kate Milford
Milo’s plans for the winter holiday
are thwarted when strange guests
arrive at his family’s inn.

The Thief
by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen, a talented thief, joins a rival
kingdom’s hunt for a mythical stone in
exchange for his release from prison.

Bright Lights, Dark Nights
by Stephen Edmond
Star-crossed, interracial love in
a time when Black Lives

Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
Finn was the only person to see Roza’s
abduction, but no one believes him.
Tiny Pretty Things
by Sona Charaipotra
& Dhonielle Clayton
Ballerinas backstab, sacrifice,
and manipulate to be the best.
Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis
When Nolan closes his eyes
he is drawn into Amara’s mind
and her dangerous world.

Charlie, Presumed Dead
by Anne Heltzel
Two girls discover Charlie’s betrayal at his
funeral and together search for answers.

X: A Novel
by Illyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon
The story of how Malcolm
Little became Malcolm

Simon vs. the Homo
Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
A classmate threatens to out Simon and
his profoundly private online boyfriend.
The Scorpion Rules
by Erin Bow
Greta questions her role as a Child of
Peace and the artificial intelligence that
uses hostages to maintain world order.

Killer of Enemies
by Joseph Bruchac
Lozen hunts monsters in hopes of freeing
her family in a post-apocalyptic world.

Dumplin’
by Julie Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean
reclaims her confidence with her
misfit friends when she enters her
Texas town’s beauty pageant.

 

NONFICTION

Be a Changemaker
by Laurie Ann Thompson
Learn how to turn your
passions into action.

Surviving Middle School
by Luke Reynolds
Get the lowdown on bullying, peer
pressure, grades, parents, and love.

Primates
by Jim Ottaviani
The true story of three ground-breaking
scientists who studied primates as their
life’s work.
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
A lyrical memoir in verse about growing
up in the racially charged 1960s.

Beyond Magenta
by Susan Kuklin
Six candid glimpses into the
lives of transgender and
gender-nonconforming teens.

Diary of a Tokyo Teen
by Christine Mari Inzer
A Japanese-American girl travels
to the land of trendy fashion,
high-tech toilets and maid cafes

 

  Adult GRAPHIC NOVELS

Black Panther: A Nation
Under Our Feet Vol. 1
by Ta-Nehisi Coates,
illus. by Brian Stelfreeze
Wakanda is in turmoil and
Black Panther must be the king
his nation desperately needs.

Daredevil: Man Without Fear

Witness the tour-de-force origin of the Man Without Fear by industry legends Frank Miller and John Romita Jr! If you’ve never entered into the world of Hell’s Kitchen before here’s the place to start!

Matt Murdock’s life was irrevocably altered after he was blinded by radioactive materials while saving the life of an old man. The payoff? An unbreakable will and a keen intelligence, helping focus the super-senses he was blessed with during the accident. His story is one of love, pain, disappointment, and strength.

Although Daredevil had been home to the work of many legendary comic book writers Frank Miller’s influential tenure on the title in the late 1970s and early 1980s is Daredevil at his best. It firmly placed Matt Murdock as the popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe we know today.

New Avengers: Volume 1: Breakout

In the wake of the systematic destruction of the original Avengers, just what sort of threat to the world could persuade Captain America to assemble an all-new team? Without the Avengers to answer the call, a group of heroes must form a makeshift alliance to subdue the rampaging villains and save the city. They are the New Avengers.

Intelligent, gritty, cutting. Brian Michael Bendis’s New Avengers takes Marvel’s traditional comic book superheros and adds dynamism, super sharp dialogue and a wicked sense of humour.

Bendis’s run on Avengers is Marvel’s comic heavy weights totally kicking ass is the very best tradition of the classic comics genre!

Astonishing X-Men: By Whedon & Cassaday: Omnibus

From comics super-team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday!

Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike – racking up nearly every major comic-book industry award. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon and Cassaday assembled a tight cast – Cyclops, the Beast, Wolverine and Emma Frost, joined by returning fan-favorite Kitty Pryde – and set forth a groundbreaking pace, from the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man.

Filled danger and drama it’s classic superheros with a Whedon twist – un-put-down-able!

The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

Created by writer Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead chronicles the travels of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair – and sometimes each other – the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home.

Cool, sharp and addictive reading it’s perfect for long time fans or new readers. One of the best thing about zombies is indeed Robert Kirkman’s superb comic!

Batman: The Killing Joke (Special Deluxe Titan Edition)

classic Batman tale from two of comics’ great legends, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland!

The Joker escapes from Arkham once more – and breaks into Gordon’s home shooting his daughter Barbara – the former Batgirl – crippling her for life before kidnapping a distraught Gordon and attempting to drive him as insane as the Joker himself.

An influential one-shot and pivotal superhero graphic novel it’s arguably the definitive Joker story packed with Alan Moore’s intense, rhythmic dialogue and awe-inspiring art by painter Brian Bolland.

Batman: Year One (Titan Edition)

A deluxe edition of one of the most important and critically acclaimed Batman adventures ever! In addition to telling the entire dramatic story of Batman’s first year fighting crime, this collection includes loads of reproductions of original pencils, script pages, promotional art, unseen Mazzucchelli Batman art and more!

. Hellblazer: Volume 1: Original Sins

The consummate comic antihero Hellblazer is a great introduction the DC’s left of field Vertigo imprint!!

This collection represents the earliest adventures of the tortured antihero John Constantine, who faces both supernatural and man-made horrors in this great volume. Excellent place to start the adventures of the somewhat amoral occult dabbler and psychic detective.

Get out the Marlboro Lights and head for Newcastle!

Batman: Arkham Asylum (15th Anniversary Edition)

In this groundbreaking, beautifully painted graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention centre for the criminally insane on April Fools Day and have demanded Batman in exchange for their hostages.

Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to live and endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison, jeopardising his own sanity.

A great introduction to the world of Gotham’s many psychopathic criminals and the Dark Knight’s Lovecraftian penitentiary!

Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom (Death Note #1)

by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata(Illustrator)
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the a…

 

Identity Crisis (Identity Crisis #1-7)

by Brad Meltzer (Goodreads Author), Rags Morales (Illustrator), Michael Bair (Illustrator), Joss Whedon (Introduction)
The most talked-about and successful miniseries of 2004 the story that has created ripple effects throughout the DC Universe for many years to come is now available in a stunning hardcover volume! New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer (GREEN ARROW) teams with artists Rags Morales & Michael Bair (WONDER WOMAN) and cover artist Michael Turner (SUPERMAN/BATMAN)

Batwoman: Elegy (Batwoman 0)

by Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III (Illustrator), Rachel Maddow(Introduction)
A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war – one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as exp

Gotham Central, Book One: In the Line of Duty (Gotham Central #1)

by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Illustrator), Lawrence Block
The first ten issues of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Greg Rucka (Detective Comics, 52) pit the detectives of Gotham City’s Special Crimes Unit against the city’s greatest villains – in the shadow of Batman himself.

Batman: Hush (Batman)

by Jeph Loeb(Writer), Jim Lee(Illustrator), Scott Williams(Illustrator), Alex Sinclair(Colorist), Richard Starkings(Letterer)
BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies – and allies

Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 1(Wolverine and the X-Men #1)

by Jason Aaron (Writer), Chris Bachalo (Illustrator), Nick Bradshaw(Illustrator)

Spinning directly out of X-Men: Schism, the X-Men are split in two.
In the oversized debut issue of the new ongoing flagship X-series, Wolverine takes one half of the X-Men back to Westchester to start over again with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up his sleeve. But when the new Hellfire Club decides they don’t like what the ol’ Canucklehead has ..

X-23, Vol. 3: Don’t Look Back (X-23)

by Marjorie M. Liu (Goodreads Author), Sana Takeda (Illustrator), Phil Noto(Illustrator)
An offer to join Wolverine collides with an offer from the FF, and X-23 is forced to decide if she wants to continue her life as an assassin—or take a break and see what it’s like to be a regular teenager! Plus, on an already disastrous night, what else could possibly go wrong for X-23? Dragons? Hellion and his bad mood? How about being kidnapped to another galaxy by the 

 

X-23, Vol. 1: The Killing Dream (X-23)

by Marjorie M. Liu (Goodreads Author), Alina Urusov (Illustrator)
Government-controlled killing machine. Child of the streets. X-Man. X-23 has lived many lives, but none of them have ever felt right. She knows she’s a killer, but she’s not sure she can be anything else. The X-Men offer her a home and help facing her demons, but she’s done being someone’s project. She wants to be her own woman, and she’ll do it on her own terms.

MY TOP 8 LOGAN GRAPHIC NOVELS

1. OLD MAN LOGAN: The ultimate inspiration for the new film (and, probably the best WOLVERINE graphic novel ver)

The biggest inspiration for the new flick is obviously OLD MAN LOGAN, and if you’ve yet to read this epic piece of comic goodness, then now is the time to check it out.

Picture this: MAD MAX meets UNFORGIVEN in a dystopian Marvel future where nearly every hero is dead, and the country has been divided into territories by Marvel’s most notorious super-villains.

In the middle of it all… LOGAN tries to live a life of peace, with his claws having been sheathed for decades, and all because of a terrible secret he carries with him.

Of course, that’s until an aging Hawkeye drags him into the road trip from hell.

Folks – this book is amazing. A T-Rex wearing the venom symbiote. Nomadic biker gangs that paint skulls on their faces and call themselves Ghost Riders. And, wait until you see some of the surprise twists as to just how the future got so messed up.

Added bonus: the rumors swirl that the future of OLD MAN LOGAN is the future of the current Marvel Universe, and this Summer’s big Marvel event may be touching on that very fact!

Fusing the dystopian super-hero elements of the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past,” the wild and wooly futurescapes of Mad Max, and the tragic pathos of Clint Eastwood’s archetypal Western heroes, Millar’s tale finds Wolverine at a crossroads with who he really wants to be and who he really is.

2.X-23 COMPLETE COLLECTION TP: Who’s the new girl? Meet X-23.

From the trailers, you’ve probably noticed that the movie introduces the idea of there being a young girl who shares many of Wolverine’s traits, for better or for worse, and of course, it’s up to him to protect her.. and prevent her from some of the horrors he has endured.

Who is she? Well, her name is Laura Kinney, and she’s one of the coolest new characters Marvel has introduced in the last decade.

In the X-23 COMPLETE COLLECTION graphic novel, you can get the full scoop on Laura, and her backstory.

Cloned from Wolverine’s cells and raised to be the perfect killer, young Laura Kinney never knew a life free from the harsh masters at the Facility.

But now she’s broken loose at last and must forge her own path in the world!

Free of her chains and determined to live, Laura will write the next chapter of her story herself.

But can X-23 escape her training and her instincts, or will the gallons of blood spilled in her violent past drag her down? And can she truly begin a new life until she faces the man whose shadow has loomed over her for years? Enter: The Wolverine!

3. WOLVERINE: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TPB: For those of you who wanna go old school – the very beginnings of the classic Claremont WOLVERINE series!

Wanna kick it old school, and revisit some of the best darn WOLVERINE stories ever told?

Marvel’s recently released WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS is the perfect place to start.

Following up on the now-iconic WOLVERINE mini-series, this graphic novel collects issues 1-16 of the ongoing WOLVERINE series, along with material from MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS 1-10, to give us a very cool look at Wolverine’s early days.

Feeling the urge to cut loose, Wolverine travels to Madripoor – an East Indian island full of pirates, cutthroats and…just the way Logan likes it!

There, he’ll take on ruthless crimelord Roche, meet the cunning Tyger Tiger, wield the mystical Black Blade, battle superhuman enforcers Roughouse and Bloodsport, and contend with drug kingpin Nguyen Ngoc Coy and his niece – the former New Mutant known as Karma!

Plus: The Hulk comes to town, a formative battle with Sabretooth is revealed, and Wolverine hunts for the Gehenna Stone!

4. OLD MAN LOGAN VOL.00 WARZONES – For those who want MORE Old Man Logan

Look.. OLD MAN LOGAN is pretty freakin’ amazing, and we totally understand: you want more. We’re feeling the same way,  and lucky for all of us, there’s a follow-up series that begins with OLD MAN LOGAN VOL.00 and then continues from there, that is downright amazing.

Collecting the mini-series that first reintroduces us to OLD MAN LOGAN after the original graphic novel, WARZONES takes us into the Wastelands: a Battleworld realm where heroes have been wiped out and villains rule with an iron fist.

In the midst of this dystopian chaos, one man may make a difference.

A reluctant warrior who was once the greatest mutant of all.

A man known as Old Man Logan.

Never before has the former Wolverine been needed as much as he is now, but even the best there was at what he did may be outmatched by the evil lurking in nearby realms!

Now, Logan must battle the horrors of mutantkind unleashed, the sins of genocidal machines and the rampaging hordes of the undead.

And as Logan traverses Battleworld and learns its secrets, he must face the patchwork planet’s thundering police force! He may be old, but Logan’s job is far from finished.

5. ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP VOL.1 FOUR SISTERS: For those who want more X-23!

So, you’ve read up on Laura’s back story, and want to see what’s going on with her nowadays in the Marvel U?

There’s no better place to start than ALL NEW WOLVERINE VOL.1 FOUR SISTERS, which collects issues 1-6 of the ongoing ALL NEW WOLVERINE series.

In ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP VOL.1, she’s the best there is!

X-23 was created to be a weapon; for a time, that’s all she was.

But with the help of her mentor, Logan – the original Wolverine – she escaped that dark past. Now, the man she knew has fallen, but Laura will honor his memory as the All-New Wolverine.

But with the famous cowl comes a world of misery and mystery – like the devastating secret of the Sisters.

Uncovering it will involve new friends Doctor Strange and the Wasp, and lethal new enemies like the Taskmaster!

But after recent events, Laura is growing used to doing everything in her power to save those around her from forces hell-bent on destruction. If anyone can stop them, it’s Laura. After all, it’s what Wolverine does.

6 .Old Man Logan in the Present Marvel Universe (2016-present)

After joining the main Marvel Universe, Old Man Logan got a new ongoing comic book series by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino that is still running today. Here’s what each volume is about.When Old Man Logan arrives in the present day, he’s understandably confused. After finding his bearings and realizing that the horrible future of his reality has yet to occur, he decides to set out on a mission to make sure it never happens. He makes a hit-list of key villains (and heroes) that he plans to assassinate in hopes of preventing his future.

7.Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown

Old Man Logan had a family back in his reality, so he goes on a journey to find Maureen, the woman he would eventually marry and have children with. He winds up in the small town where she’s from, but it’s not long before Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers find him there. Considering that the real Wolverine is currently dead, having an older version him suddenly pop up out of nowhere obviously gets the attention of his greatest enemies. They want to take out Logan for good and will go through everyone in the town to get to him.After that story ends, one extra chapter sees Jean Grey using her gifts in an attempt to help Logan deal with the looming threat of his future. The storytellers use this as an opportunity to reveal some crucial events in the war the heroes lost against the villains that weren’t covered in the original series.

8.Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 3: The Last Ronin

Wolverine wakes up at the bottom of a well, only to be shot full of arrows when he climbs to the top, causing him to plummet back to the bottom. You eventually find out who put him there and why, which leads to a conflict with a new Omega-level character. We also get some flashbacks to when Logan first fell in love with Maureen and the harrowing circumstances that eventually led to them starting a family together.

What’s Next

The next volume of this series (Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 4: Old Monsters) hits on June 13 and sees Logan team up with the monsters of the Howling Commandos to take on Dracula and save Jubilee. You can wait for the trade paperback collection or just read the single issues (Old Man Logan #14-19).

After finishing that, you’ll catch up to the current storyline (starting with Old Man Logan #20) that sees Old Man Logan go to space.

Extraordinary X-Men

Logan is eventually convinced by young Jean Grey to join the main X-Men squad in the pages of Extraordinary X-Men. The story doesn’t explore Old Man Logan with the same depth as the solo series, but if you want to see him fighting on a team led by Storm along with Jean, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Magick, then you’ll want to check this out. Start with Extraordinary X-Men, Vol. 1: X-Haven.

Fantastic Force

By writer Joe Ahearne & artist Steve Kurth | Marvel Comics

And if you want even more of that team, you can check out this continuation from 2009, now called Fantastic Force, although it’s admittedly hard to find as it’s not on Comixology. The team features Old Man Logan/The Hooded Man, Banner, Lightwave, Natalie X, Psionics, and Alex Ultron.

All-New Wolverine

By writer Tom Taylor & artist Ig Guara | Marvel Comics

With the real Wolverine dead, Laura Kinney aka X-23 has taken over as the all-new Wolverine. This volume of her solo series sees her cross paths with Old Man Logan, which also acts as a tie-in to the big Civil War II event. This takes place in All-New Wolverine, Vol. 2: Civil War II.

Civil War II

By writer Brian Michael Bendis & artist David Marquez | Marvel Comics

We don’t want to spoil why it happens, but there is a short scene in Civil War II #7 that concerns Old Man Logan and his world, so be sure to read this if you want to be an Old Man Logan completionist.

 

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