#Staffpick: Summer Reading Club – Week 5 – Out of This World!

This week’s Summer Reading Club theme is Out of this World!: Fantasy, Mythology, and Other Universes. Check out these book recommendations for young readers from Brittany. All of these and more are available through our online catalogue at tnrl.ca.

Books to Read Together

Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days in Orbit by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Summer may not be over for us just yet, but these kindernauts have already spent 100 days in orbit! You will be transported out of this world in this fun-for-all picture book that highlights the many milestones and achievements that take place in the first 100 days of kindergarten. Can you imagine what your school would look like if it were in outer space?

If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle

Although this story keeps us closer to our home planet, there is no lack of fantasy and imagination when you join young Sam as he tries to decide whether his new pet is cool or not. Kids and grown-ups alike will not be able to look away as Sam dreams up countless pets that have to be more interesting than a boring old hamster… Or so he thinks.

Book by David Miles

This summer may look different for a lot of us, but one thing that hasn’t changed is being able to snuggle up together with a good library book! Books can take us on journeys near and far, and this whimsical picture book is no exception. Reminding us that each book is a ticket to another universe, dimension, or time period, this charming story is sure to leave you and your little readers feeling eager to explore the universe from the comfort of your own home.

Books for Bigger Kids

Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Young readers are sure to fly through this graphic novel, the first in the Cleopatra in Space series, that features a budding female leader who learns she is destined to save the galaxy. Packed full of action and illustrated with rich colours, the adventures of Cleopatra are great for all readers, whether it is their first graphic novel or their fiftieth.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This beloved classic has been enjoyed by readers young and old for over 50 years, but don’t let the age of this book deceive you. A Wrinkle in Time shares the story of the Murry siblings and their experience with science, time travel, and other dimensions! This novel is a great stepping stone for young readers as they begin to read longer stories, and you can even sign out the movie version from the library once you are finished reading the book.

BONUS: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle, Adapted and Illustrated by Hope Larson

We couldn’t resist sharing this perfect blend of the previous two books! If graphic novels and A Wrinkle in Time tickle your fancy, the library has the perfect book for you. Although this graphic novel is a little bit on the longer side, it is sure to be the perfect solution for those readers who want to read A Wrinkle in Time, but may be hesitant to jump into the traditional novel format or for those who love the story and want to experience it in a new way. Can you think of any classic stories that you might want to turn into a graphic novel?

Happy reading!