Staff Picks

The Napping House

Say it Again!

Picture books with repeated phrases

Early Literacy Skills are competencies that children need to develop before they begin reading and writing.* Choosing books to read with your child that have a repetitive phrase can aid in the development of many of the early literacy skills that children need in order to be ready to read:  Print Motivation Print Awareness Narrative Skills Vocabulary Letter Knowledge

The Answer to the Riddle book cover

Books on Bodies and Brains

Medical books for the average Joe

One of our first Read Feed customers asked for books about how the human body works, especially the brain.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Dear Diary

Books in diary format for young adults

Novels that are narrated in a diary or journal format provide a raw, intimate, and honest perspective.  Readers are provided confidential details of the narrators’ deepest fears, desires, and secrets.  Young adult novels in diary format are particularly of interest because the process of coming of age is so personal.  This unfiltered perspective is something that the reader's inner voyeur cannot resist.  

Hate List

Break the Stigma

Books that make you think twice about mental health

May is National Mental Health (Awareness) Month. There's so much stigma around mental health that people suffering from mental illness and mental health issues can feel isolated. Oftentimes, this results in drastic measures being taken by those stigmatized, as is the case with one of the characters in Jennifer Brown's Hate List.


Paranormal Picks

Teen and young adult summer reading

The books that really grab my attention are always heavy in suspense, utilize dark undertones, move at a rapid pace, and highlight characters with paranormal abilities. These ingredients often create the "edge of seat" feel that readers crave in teen and young adult literature. If you consider yourself a literary fan of the same characteristics, then definitely browse my recommendations below to see what jumps out at you!

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover

Biographies and Autobiographies of Famous Children’s Authors

Learn more about the authors of your favorite children's books!

There’s something special about re-reading a book I loved as a child as an adult. I recently re-read one of my favorite books as a child, Anne of Green Gables, and while in the midst of the story I did a little background research on the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.


Favorite Fantasy Books

Go on a quest in a magical land

Fantasy books often feature magical beings such as elves, dragons, fairies, and other creatures that possess magical abilities, a character that is on a quest, and a portal to an alternate world or dimension. Try these and lose yourself in another world.The Magicians: A Novel by Lev Grossman


Tales About Magic

Fantasy Picks from Ms. Steward

Does the everyday world bore you? Do you find it mundane and uninteresting? Then escape to the fascinating world of fantasy, and explore worlds of magic, dragons, witches, and immortality in the following books. Evermore by Alyson Noel

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

New Nonfiction

Recommended reading for fans of the real world

This list is for readers who try to keep up with current social and political norms. Whether you're looking for inspiration or just making conversation, you'll find plenty to talk about - or base major life changes upon - in these new nonfiction titles:   Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A World War 2 bomber flies over the Pacific ocean as the clouds break

Grownup Books for Growing Minds

Standout young readers' editions

There is a growing appetite for entertaining nonfiction books for kids and teens. This boost is in part due to the Common Core’s emphasis on nonfiction texts.