Book Lists

Wondering what to read next? I love recommending book lists! Here are some of my favorites, organized loosely by theme, in no particular order. Have one you would like to recommend to me? Please feel free to reach out on my contact form!

IF you liked INDIGO AND IDA…. 

  • Thanks A Lot, Universe, by Chad Lucas
  • Take Back the Block, by Chrystal D. Giles
  • Not An Easy Win, by Chrystal D. Giles
  • Clues to the Universe, by Christina Li
  • A Good Kind of Trouble, by Lisa Moore Ramee
  • The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson
  • A Place at the Table, by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan
  • The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, by Laura Shovan
  • Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
  • Not So Shy, by Noa Nimrodi
  • Operation Frog Effect, by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington, by Janae Marks
  • Turtles of the Midnight Moon, by Maria Jose Fitzgerald (March 2023)
  • The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan, by Patricia Bailey
  • Camp Quiltbag, by Nicole Melleby and A.J. Sass

Also … check out my booklist on Shepherd.com!

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The Fantasy and Magic Booklist:

  • Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans, by Isi Hendrix (September 2023)
  • Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia
  • To Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller
  • The Fate of the Butterfly, by Gail Villaneuva
  • Root Magic, by Eden Royce
  • The Three Rules of Everyday Magic, by Amanda Rawson Hill
  • Beginners Welcome, by Cindy Baldwin
  • The Stars of Whistling Ridge, by Cindy Baldwin
  • Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
  • A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
  • The First Last Day, by Dorian Cirrone
  • Arrow, by Samantha M. Clark
  • Unicorn Island (series), by Donna Galanti
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C. S. Lewis
  • Heroes of Havensong, by Megan Reyes

The Spooky Booklist:

  • Let the Monster Out, by Chad Lucas
  • The Stitchers (series), by Lorien Lawrence
  • Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, by Jonathan Rosen
  • From Sunset to Sunrise, Jonathan Rosen
  • Monsterious Series, by Matt McMann
  • Ollie Oxley and the Ghost, by Lisa Schmid
  • Field of Screams, by Wendy Parris
  • Peril at Price Manor, by Laura Parnum
  • It Found Us, by Lindsey Currie
  • Scritch Scratch, by Lindsey Currie

The Science Booklist:

  • The Hope of Elephants, by Amanda Rawson Hill (Verse novel)
  • The Science of Being Angry, by Nicole Melleby
  • A Wrinkle in Time (series), by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Science of Unbreakable Things, by Tae Keller
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
  • A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle

The Universe Booklist:

  • Clues to the Universe, by Christina Li
  • Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Thanks A Lot, Universe, by Chad Lucas

The Sports Booklist:

  • Takedown, by Laura Shovan
  • Fastpitch, by Nic Stone
  • Let the Monster Out, by Chad Lucas
  • Brooklyn Nine, by Alan Gratz
  • Over the Wall, by John H. Ritter
  • Ghost, by Jason Reynolds
  • Patina, by Jason Reynolds
  • Sunny, by Jason Reynolds,
  • Lou, by Jason Reynolds
  • Booked, by Kwame Alexander
  • Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
  • Rebound, by Kwame Alexander

The Contemporary/Coming of Age Booklist:

  • Where the Watermelons Grow, by Cindy Baldwin  (with mental health representation)
  • Red, White, and Whole, by Rajani LaRocca (Verse novel) (with AAIP) representation)
  • Sincerely, Sicily, by Tamika Burgess (Winter, 2023)  (with BIPOC representation)
  • Good Different, by Meg Eden Kuyatt (Winter, 2023)  (with neurodiversity representation)
  • Kat Greene Comes Clean, by Melissa Roske (with mental health representation)
  • Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas, by Andrea Pyros
  • The Someday Suitcase, by Corey Ann Heydu
  • The Seventh Most Important Thing, by Shelley Pearsall
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (series), by Tom Angleberger
  • The Great Upending, by Beth Kephart
  • The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner  (with mental health and substance abuse representation)
  • Meet the Austins (series), by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Anne of Green Gables (series) by L. M. Montgomery
  • Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsberg
  • The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsberg

The Historical Fiction Booklist:

  • Indigo and Ida, by Heather Murphy Capps
  • The Rule of Three, by Heather Murphy Capps (coming August 2024)
  • The Parker Inheritance, by Varian Johnson
  • By the Light of Fireflies, by Jenni Walsh
  • I am Defiance, by Jenni Walsh
  • The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The War I Finally Won, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Adventure Booklist:

  • The Great Greene Heist (series), by Varian Johnson
  • Breakout, by Kate Messner
  • Capture the Flag, by Kate Messner

NonFiction/STEM:

  • Astronaut/Aquanaut, by Jen Swanson
  • Exoplanets, Worlds Beyond our Solar System, by Karen Latchana Kenney
  • The Incredibly Awesome History of Medicine, by Heather Murphy Capps (January, 2023)
  • The Incredibly Awesome History of Homes, by Heather Murphy Capps
  • Breakthroughs in Planet and Comet Research, by Karen Latchana Kenney