Book Kits for Kids

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Our collection of book kits is available to borrow by district libraries and their patrons. Kits must be reserved by contacting the District Consultant.

Most of the kits include 15 copies of the same title, though some kits have fewer copies. Each kit also includes a set of discussion questions. Kits added in 2018 and later include one large print copy when possible.

  • Request a reservation for the date you’d like to RECEIVE the book kit, NOT the date you plan to discuss it with your group.
  •  Always have at least two back-up choices ready in case your first choice kit is already reserved.
  • You may make reservations for up to one year in advance.  The longer in advance you make reservations, the greater possible selection of available titles. Kits should be requested at least one month prior to the book club discussion.
  • Kits are loaned for 6-week-periods. Please be mindful of your due date and return your kits on time. There are often other libraries waiting to borrow kits.

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN - Sherman Alexie

A semiautobiographical chronicle of Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, WA. The bright 14-year-old was born with water on the brain, is regularly the target of bullies, and loves to draw. He says, “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” He expects disaster when he transfers from the reservation school to the rich, white school in Reardan, but soon finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students and starting on the basketball team. Meeting his old classmates on the court, Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes one’s community, identity, and tribe. The daily struggles of reservation life and the tragic deaths of the protagonist’s grandmother, dog, and older sister would be all but unbearable without the humor and resilience of spirit with which Junior faces the world. The teen’s determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. (15 copies)

AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES - John Green

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself. (15 copies)

BETWEEN THE LINES - Jodi Picoult

Fifteen-year-old Delilah likes nothing better than to escape into a book when high school life gets too depressing. But after the hero of her favorite fairy tale comes to life before her eyes, she starts to wonder if she’s been spending too much time with books and not enough time with real people. Oliver, a 16-year-old prince, feels trapped in his story, reliving the same scenes over and over. He longs to leave his book, and he is attracted to Delilah, the reader he sees most often hovering above the pages. Delilah and Oliver may be from two different worlds, but they have an emotional connection. Will it be strong enough to bridge the gap that separates fantasy and reality? Written in collaboration with her teenage daughter, this light novel is a departure from Picoult’s usual milieu. The story shifts between Delilah’s and Oliver’s perspectives and is interspersed with sections from the fairy tale in which Oliver is trapped. (15 copies)

THE BOOK THIEF - Markus Zusak

Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when she’s roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. (15 copies)

CHAINS – Laurie Halse Anderson

Set in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution, Chains addresses the price of freedom both for a nation and for individuals. Isabel tells the story of her life as a slave. She was sold with her five-year-old sister to a cruel Loyalist family even though the girls were to be free upon the death of their former owner. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. (15 copies)

DIVIDED WE FALL – Trent Reedy

Popular high school football player Daniel Wright loves his country, so the moment he turns 17, he joins the Idaho division of the Army National Guard. When his company is mobilized and sent to Boise to help maintain the peace between protestors and proponents of the Federal ID Card Act, Daniel never imagines that people would die, that he would be the cause of their deaths, or that his future-and the future of the United States-would forever be altered. An action-packed look at what could happen in an America where state and federal governments are at odds with each other. Set in a not-too-distant future, the book mixes patriotism with incredible realism, creating an all-too-possible pre-dystopia. Using the enactment of a controversial law as the catalyst, Strong characters, a fast-paced narrative, and complex questions about what it means to be an American make Reedy’s speculative novel a must-read. (15 copies)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.  John Green has created a soulful novel that tackles big subjects–life, death, love–with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion. (15 copies)

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s fantasies have entranced both younger readers and adults; this gothic fantasy, a coming-of-age story modeled after The Jungle Book and with slight nods to Harry Potter, will appeal to all ages.  Although the book opens with a scary scene–a family is stabbed to death by “a man named Jack” — the sole survivor of the attack–an 18-month-old baby–escapes his crib and his house, and toddles to a nearby graveyard. Quickly recognizing that the baby is orphaned, the graveyard’s ghostly residents adopt him, name him Nobody (“Bod”), and allow him to live in their tomb. Taking inspiration from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Gaiman describes how the toddler navigates among the headstones, asking a lot of questions and picking up the tricks of the living and the dead. In serial-like episodes, the story follows Bod’s progress as he grows from baby to teen, learning life’s lessons amid a cadre of the long-dead, ghouls, witches, intermittent human interlopers. A pallid, nocturnal guardian named Silas ensures that Bod receives food, books, and anything else he might need from the human world. Whenever the boy strays from his usual play among the headstones, he finds new dangers, learns his limitations and strengths, and acquires the skills he needs to survive within the confines of the graveyard and in wider world beyond. (15 copies)

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – Jesse Andrews

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life. Fiercely funny, honest, and heart-breaking. (15 copies)

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.  It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. (15 copies)

THE STORY OF OWEN: DRAGONSLAYER OF TRONDHEIM – E. K. Johnston

“Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition. But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected. Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds—armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard. (15 copies)

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER – Leslye Walton

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. (15 copies)

THRONE OF GLASS – Sarah Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world. (15 copies)

Elementary School Book Kits

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett

Corduroy - Don Freeman

Curious George - H.A. Rey

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

Good Night Moon - Magaret Wise Brown

Little Bear - Elise Holmeland Minarik

Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey

Strega Nona - Tommie dePaola

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieska

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Juvenile Book Kits

Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish

Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

The BFG - Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White

Frog And Toad Are Friends - Arnold Lobel

Horns and Wrinkles - Joseph Helgerson

The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh - Robert O'Brien

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary

Stuart Little - E.B. White

The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother and a Very Good Dog - Patricia MacLachlan

We the Children - Andrew Clements

Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater

Middle School Book Kits

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

The Humming Room - Ellen Potter

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall

Graphic Novel Book Kits

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

Graphic Novel

Smile - Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novel

Sisters - Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novel

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