Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis (Children’s Picture Book, ages 4-7) — Dexter is going to be starting Kindergarten soon and he already knows everything there is to know, thanks to his older sister. His stuffed dog, Rufus, on the other hand, is scared: what if the teacher is mean, or what if Dexter gets lost? How will Dexter — er, Rufus, work through his first time fear of going to school?
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown (Children’s Picture Book, ages 4-8) — Bobby has the worst teacher, she is a monster! She yells, stomps and won’t let you go to recess if you throw paper airplanes. But one day while Bobby is at the park he sees his teacher there! Bobby has the chance to see what his teacher is like outside of school and it turns out monsters are not always what they seem.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Juvenile Fiction, ages 8-12) — The first book in this popular series follows Greg through his journal entries as he enters middle school. When Greg’s sidekick Rowley gains popularity Greg tries to use it to his own advantage, which tests the longevity of their friendship.
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (Young Adult Fiction, ages 14 & Up) — Ally is a senior who suffers from schizophrenia. Each day is a battle as she tries to discern reality from delusion. Her goal is to stay sane long enough to get into college. However, after she meets Miles she starts experiencing a normal teen age life: she’s making friends, going to parties, and falling in love, but Ally is used to crazy...she isn’t prepared for normal.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Fiction, ages 14 & Up) — This Pulitzer Prize winner is a high school English class staple. Set in 1930’s America, this classic story follows young Scout and her family after a scandal has shocked the small town she lives in. It is a profound coming of age story with underlying themes of racial injustice, classism, courage, and compassion.