Librarians recommend best summer books for kids

Center for Collaborative JournalismMay 5, 2013 

Looking for books for the kids this summer? Here are some top picks from two local librarians.

Sandra French, children’s services librarian at Washington Memorial Library, recommended that children read the “Magic Tree House” book series this summer, specifically No. 49, “Stallion by Starlight,” by Mary Pope Osborne.

The book is both entertaining and informational, said French.

“Each of these books goes back to some time or place in history, so even though it’s fun, adventurous and suspenseful, there is still learning,” she said.

French’s Top 10 summer books for kids:

• “Magic Tree House” series: “Stallion by Starlight,” by Mary Pope Osborne

• “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, by Jeff Kinney

• “Pete the Cat” series, by Eric Litwin

• Marvel and DC Superhero books

• “Warriors” series, by Erin Hunter

• Disney Princess series

• “Captain Underpants,” by Dav Pilkey

• “Heroes of the Olympics,” by Hal Higdon

• “Junie B. Jones,” by Barbara Park

• “Pinkalicious” series, by Elizabeth Kann et al.

Judith Malone, children and teens specialist librarian at Nola Brantley Library in Warner Robins, picked the “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney as this summer’s must-read.

The book’s plot is centered around an elementary-aged protagonist who is struggling to transition into adolescence. Malone said the book strikes the right balance when it comes to finding humor in growing up.

“I don’t think there is any meanness involved. I think that it’s just taking humor and making it better,” she said, adding that the books “fly off the shelves” because of their popularity.

Malone’s Top 10 summer books for kids:

• “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney

• “The One and Only Ivan,” by Katherine Applegate

• “Warriors” series: “The Sun Trial,” by Erin Hunter

• “Baby Mouse,” by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

• “Goosebumps” series, by R.L. Stine

• “Dragonbreath,” by Ursula Vernon

• “Little House on the Prairie” series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

• “Framed,” by Gordon Korman

• “Sugar Plum Ballerinas,” by Whoopi Goldberg

• “Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers,” by Dav Pilkey

Bibb County

Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Ave., Macon

(478) 744-0800


Adult Reference and Junior Room: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

Genealogical and Historical Room and Middle Georgia Archives: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays

Macon Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

Riverside Branch

Rivergate Shopping Center, 110 Holiday Drive N., Macon

(478) 757-8900

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

Charles A. Lanford Library

6504 Houston Road, Macon

(478) 621-6970

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

Shurling Branch

Shurlington Plaza, 1769 Shurling Drive, Macon

(478) 744-0875

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

West Bibb Branch

Northwest Commons, 5580 Thomaston Road, Macon

(478) 744-0818

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

Crawford County

Crawford County Public Library

340 McCrary St., Roberta

(478) 836-4478

Hours: 1-7 p.m. Mondays; and 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays

Houston County

Centerville Library

206 Gunn Road, Centerville

(478) 953-4500

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays; noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays

Nola Brantley Memorial Library

721 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins

(478) 923-0128

Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays

Perry Public Library

1201 Washington St., Perry

(478) 987-3050

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays; noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays

Jones County

Jones County Public Library

146 Railroad Ave., Gray

(478) 986-6626

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays

Monroe County

Monroe County Library

62 West Main St., Forsyth

(478) 994-7025

Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays

Peach County

Thomas Public Library

315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Fort Valley

(478) 825-1640

Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Mondays; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 9:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m. Saturdays

Byron Public Library

105 Church St., Byron

(478) 956-2200

Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

Twiggs County

Twiggs County Public Library

101 Ash St., Jeffersonville

(478) 945-3814

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

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