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2017 Reading Beyond

2017-2019 list by librarians designed to recommend age-appropriate titles that will challenge advanced readers.

 
Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

By: Laurie Wallmark
Illustrated by:
April Chu
ISBN: 9781939547200
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Ada Twist Scientist

Ada Twist Scientist

By: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by:
David Roberts
ISBN: 1419721372
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

By: Atnuke
Illustrated by:
Lauren Tobia
ISBN: 9781610677073
Fiction, Picture Book, K-1 Grade
 
The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

The Boy Who Loved Math

By: Deborah Heiligman
Illustrated by:
LeUyen Pham
ISBN: 9780147510426
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars

By: Douglas Florian
ISBN: 9780152053727
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon

By: Ulf Nilsson
Illustrated by:
Gitte Spee
ISBN: 9781927271506
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths

Echo Echo

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by:
Josee Masse
ISBN: 9780803739925
Fiction, Poetry, K-1 Grade
 
Eyewitness Explorer: Bug Hunter

Eyewitness Explorer

By: DK
ISBN: 1465430164
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

By: Lynne Rae Perkins
Illustrated by:
Lynne Rae Perkins
ISBN: 9780062373458
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
How We Are Smart

How We Are Smart

By: W. Nikola-Lisa
Illustrated by:
Sean Qualls
ISBN: 9781600604447
Nonfiction, 4-6, Science
 
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark

I Dissent

By: Debbie Levy
Illustrated by:
Elizabeth Baddeley
ISBN: 9781481465595
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Juana & Lucas

Juana & Lucas

By: Juana Medina
ISBN: 9780763672089
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Mathematickles!

Mathematickles!

By: Betsy Franco
Illustrated by:
Steven Salerno
ISBN: 9781416918615
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Mighty Jack

Mighty Jack

By: Ben Hatke
ISBN: 9781626722644
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
A New Class (Star Wars Jedi Academy #4)

A New Class (Star Wars Jedi Academy #4)

By: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Illustrated by:
9780545875738
Fiction, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, K-1 Grade
 
Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North

By: Phillip Reeve
Illustrated by:
Sarah McIntyre
ISBN: 9780385387972
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy

By: Mitali Perkins
Illustrated by:
Jamie Hogan
ISBN: 9781580896603
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Toys Go Out

Toys Go Out

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by:
Paul O. Zelinsky
ISBN: 9780385736619
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

By: Jan Thornhill
ISBN: 9781554988655
Nonfiction, Science, K-1 Grade
 
Tricky Vic

Tricky Vic

By: Greg Pizzoli
ISBN: 9780670016525
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

By: Troy Andrews
Illustrated by:
Bryan Collier
ISBN: 9781419714658
Nonfiction, 4-6, Biography / Memoir
 
Twenty-Two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank

Twenty-Two Cents

By: Paula Yoo
Illustrated by:
Jamel Akib
ISBN: 9781600606588
Nonfiction, Biography, K-1 Grade
 
Weekends with Max and His Dad

Weekends with Max and His Dad

By: Linda Urban
Illustrated by:
Katie Kath
ISBN: 9780544598171
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems

Wet Cement

By: Bob Raczka
ISBN: 9781626727199
Fiction, Poetry, K-1 Grade
 
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

When the Beat Was Born

By: Laban Carrick Hill
Illustrated by:
Theodore Taylor III
ISBN: 9781596435407
Fiction, Action / Adventure, K-1 Grade
 
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Amelia Lost

By: Candace Fleming
ISBN: 9780375841989
Nonfiction, History, 2-3 Grade
 
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

By: Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Illustrated by:
Michael Carroll
ISBN: 9781570917844
Nonfiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet

Cars on Mars

By: Alexandra Siy
ISBN: 9781570914638
Nonfiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
Dash

Dash

By: Kirby Larson
ISBN: 978054835428
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
The Dreamer

The Dreamer

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrated by:
Peter Sís
ISBN: 978043926998
Fiction, Poetry, 2-3 Grade
 
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

By: Chris Grabenstein
ISBN: 9780525580379
Fiction, Mystery / Thriller, 2-3 Grade
 
Flashback Four #1: The Lincoln Project

Flashback Four #1

By: Dan Gutman
ISBN: 9780062374417
Fiction, Historical Fiction, 2-3 Grade
 
Genius!: the Most Astonishing Inventions of All Time

Genius!

By: Deborah Kespert
ISBN: 9780500650431
Nonfiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend

The Hero Two Doors Down

By: Sharon Robinson
ISBN: 9780545804516
Nonfiction, Biography / Memoir, 2-3 Grade
 
Mountain Dog

Mountain Dog

By: Margarita Engle
Illustrated by:
Aleksey and Olga Ivanov
ISBN: 9781250044242
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More than 200 Poems With Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom!

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

By: J. Patrick Lewis
Illustrated by:
National Geographic
ISBN: 1426320949
Nonfiction, Poetry, 2-3 Grade
 
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

By: Karen Foxlee
ISBN: 9780385753562
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

The Penderwicks

By: Jeanne Birdsall
ISBN: 97804404420477
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse

Random Body Parts

By: Leslie Bulion
Illustrated by:
Mike Lowery
ISBN: 9781561457373
Nonfiction, Poetry, 2-3 Grade
 
Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

By: Kate DiCamillo
ISBN: 9780763681173
Fiction, 2-3 Grade
 
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

The Right Word

By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated by:
Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780802853851
Nonfiction, Biography, 2-3 Grade
 
Save Me a Seat

Save Me a Seat

By: Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
ISBN: 9781338110791
Fiction, 2-3 Grade
 
Secret Coders

Secret Coders

By: Gene Luen Yang
Illustrated by:
Mike Holmes
ISBN: 9781626720756
Fiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
Sisters Grimm

Sisters Grimm

By: Michael Bucjley
Illustrated by:
Peter Ferguson
ISBN: 9780810959255
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic

By: Natalie Lloyd
ISBN: 9780545686655
Fiction, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, 2-3 Grade
 
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White

Some Writer!

By: Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780544319592
Nonfiction, Memoir, 2-3 Grade
 
The Way Things Work Now

The Way Things Work Now

By: David Macaulay
ISBN: 9780544824386
Nonfiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
What Elephants Know

What Elephants Know

By: Eric Dinerstein
ISBN: 9781484728543
Fiction, Science, 2-3 Grade
 
The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

By: Peter Brown
ISBN: 9780316382007
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
Wonderstruck

Wonderstruck

By: Brian Selznick
ISBN: 9780545027892
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 2-3 Grade
 
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By: Wiliam Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Illustrated by:
Anna Hymas
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 4-5 Grade
 
Candy Bomber: the Story of the Berlin Airlifts “Chocolate Pilot”

Candy Bomber

By: Michael O. Tunnell
ISBN: 9781580893374
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut

Earthrise

By: Edgar Mitchell and Ellen Mahoney
Illustrated by:
9781613749012
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
Everland

Everland

By: Wendy Spinale
ISBN: 9781338095531
Fiction, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, 4-5 Grade
 
Falling Over Sideways

Falling Over Sideways

By: Jordan Sonnenblick
ISBN: 9781338166217
Fiction, Contemporary, 4-5 Grade
 
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Girl Rising

By: Tanya Lee Stone
ISBN: 9780553511468
Nonfiction, Science, 4-5 Grade
 
Gracefully Grayson

Gracefully Grayson

By: Ami Polonsky
ISBN: 1423185277
Fiction, Prose, 4-5 Grade
 
Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees

By: Lindsay Eagar
ISBN: 9780763679224
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 4-5 Grade
 
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor’s Tale

By: Adam Gidwitz
Illustrated by:
Hatem Aly
ISBN: 9780142427378
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 4-5 Grade
 
Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music that Changed the World

Legends, Icons & Rebels

By: Robbie Robertson, et al.
ISBN: 9781770495715
Nonfiction, Biography, 4-5 Grade
 
The Lightning Queen

The Lightning Queen

By: Laura Resau
ISBN: 978054500853
Fiction, Historical Fiction, 4-5 Grade
 
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

By: Steve Sheinkin
ISBN: 9780545405713
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

Moonbird

By: Phillip Hoose
ISBN: 9780374304683
Nonfiction, Science, 4-5 Grade
 
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

One Last Word

By: Nikki Grimes
ISBN: 9781619635548
Fiction, Poetry, 4-5 Grade
 
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls

Pathfinders

By: Tonya Bolden
ISBN: 9781419714559
Nonfiction, Science, 4-5 Grade
 
Red Scarf Girl: a Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Red Scarf Girl

By: Ji-li Jiang
ISBN: 9780060275853
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

By: John Flanagan
ISBN: 9780439899673
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 4-5 Grade
 
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

Sachiko

By: Caren Stelson
ISBN: 9781467789035
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

Samurai Rising

By: Pamela S. Turner
Illustrated by:
Gareth Hinds
ISBN: 9781580895842
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
Splendors and Glooms

Splendors and Glooms

By: Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 9780763653804
Fiction, Action / Adventure, 4-5 Grade
 
A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

By: Padma Venkatraman
ISBN: 9780147514400
Fiction, Poetry, 4-5 Grade
 
The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic

The Watch that Ends the Night

By: Allan Wolf
ISBN: 9780763663315
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
 
This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World

This Same Sky

By: Naomi Shihab Nye
Fiction, Poetry, 4-5 Grade
 
Unidentified Suburba Object

Unidentified Suburba Object

By: Mike Jung
ISBN: 9780545782272
Fiction, Poetry, 4-5 Grade
 
We Will Not Be Silent

We Will Not Be Silent

By: Russell Freedman
ISBN: 9780544223790
Nonfiction, History, 4-5 Grade
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