#Staffpick: Summer Reading Club – Week 6 – Into the Great Unknown

This week’s Summer Reading Club theme is Into the Great Unknown: Aliens, black holes, and other mysteries of space. 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

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

What starts off as a regular sunny afternoon quickly becomes an unexpected adventure for a young boy who finds a single-propeller airplane in his closet. In this charming tale from Oliver Jeffers, adults and kiddos will be reminded of the many great things that can happen when we choose to be brave. Who knows, maybe we might even make a new friend.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial : The Classic Illustrated Storybook by Jim Thomas

When I hear the word “alien,” I am immediately reminded of the 1980s movie. For those who want to introduce their children to this classic piece of cinematography, but are looking for a version that is geared towards younger children, this is the perfect stepping stone! Complete with familiar characters and storyline, this book is sure to stir up nostalgia for many, and warm the hearts of readers big and small. The illustrations by Kim Smith are a delightful addition to this book, adding an element of whimsy and playfulness. 

The X-files : Earth Children are Weird by Jason Rekulak

Attention adults! You can now enjoy the classic television series, “The X-Files,” alongside your little ones in this sweet and silly storybook. Not only do the vibrant illustrations, also by Kim Smith, make this story appealing for all readers, but the speech bubble dialogue makes it feel like the characters are coming to life right before your eyes. This encounter with aliens with a surprise twist at the end is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Books for Older Kids

Spacemice: Slurp Monster Showdown by Geronimo Stilton

The Spacemice are at it again in book #9 in this out-of-this-world series! This time, Geronimo Stiltonix and his team are exploring a planet where the most delicious wild mozzarella cheese is said to grow… But, to their dismay, the planet is already ruled by the slurp monster. In this action packed junior novel, young readers will want to waste no time finding out the fate of the delicious mozzarella and the heroic mice.

Galaxy Zack: Cosmic Blackout! by Ray O’Ryan

Imagine waking up one morning to find everything about your beloved home in complete disarray. This is what Zack experiences when he wakes up on his planet Nebulon and quickly realizes that the planet has fallen into a complete cosmic blackout! This beginner chapter book takes power outage to the next level, as Zack and his friends scramble to return light to their beloved planet.

Happy reading!