(Illustration by Linzie Hunter for The Washington Post)
Kate DiCamillo’s picks

Here are some favorite titles from the children’s author:

Picture books:

●“By Mouse and Frog” by Deborah Friedman

● “Wolfie the Bunny” by Ame Dyckman

● “The Adventures of Beekle” by Dan Santat

●“A Fine Dessert,” written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. “It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever read,” DiCamillo says.

● “Little Elliot, Big City” by Mike Curato

Middle grades

● “Circus Mirandus” by Cassie Beasley.

● “The Great Good Summer” by Liz Garton Scanlon

● “ Island of the Blue Dolphins ” by Scott O’Dell. DiCamillo loved this as a child. “It was the most incredible thing to me to think you could survive on an island by yourself.”

●“ Cody and the Fountain of Happiness ” by Tricia Springstubb


● “X, a Novel” by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

● “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin

● “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles

● “Jim the Boy” by Tony Earley

Author Kate DiCamillo is the National Summer Reading Champion for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. (Amy Gibbons Photography)

"Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell. (Yearling)
Bob Hassett’s picks

Here are some favorite titles from the middle-school librarian:

●“The Summer I Turned Pretty,” or anything by Jenny Han. It is part of a series and is “cute and if that’s the kind of book that appeals, it delivers,” Hassett says.

●The “Zom-B” series or any other books by Darren Shan. “Boys tend to read gory horror stuff. [These books] are full of action, and lots of gore and blood if that’s what you find engaging.”

●The “Bluford High” series, which is written by a few different authors and has a straightforward style that draws kids in, making the books good for reluctant readers.

"The Summer I Turned Pretty" by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster)

“Lost and Found” by Anne Schraff (Townsend Press)
Deborah Johnson’s picks

Here are some favorite titles from the book section buyer at Barston’s Child’s Play:

Family read-alouds

●“Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman

●“Wolf Story” by William McCleery. “You can read this to the 5-year-old, but the 10-year-old will laugh at it.”

Middle grades

●Series such as the “Who Was,” “Where Is” and “What Was” books. The “Who” books include many interesting characters, such as the Wright Brothers, Babe Ruth, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall. The “Where” books include interesting locations such as Mount Everest, and the ●“What” books include subjects such as the Underground Railroad.

“Wolf Story” by William McCleery (New York Review Books)

"Who was Albert Einsten?" by Jess Brallier (Penguin Young Readers)

Popular series that parents shouldn’t dismiss

●“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Big Nate” series. Johnson says, “Kids who don’t read other things will just inhale these.”