For Extra Credit or Just for Fun: 11 Books Young Readers Will Love


Dear grownups who wake up early, drive carpool, pack lunches, make lesson plans, and help with late-night homework: Thank you. September — and the rest of the school year — would be a disaster without the parents, teachers, librarians, sitters, and everyone else who supports young people. If that’s you, we’d love to make your job a little easier by helping you select books that delight, surprise, comfort, and enlighten the young readers in your life, from tots to teens. Pop in anytime or give us a call if we can help you find age-appropriate reading that’ll grab their interest.

Meanwhile, here’s a start! Our current favorites for young book-lovers:

Recommended by Mary Laura

Business Pig Cover ImageBusiness Pig

I laughed so hard I CRIED. Look at the pig in his little suit! This one’s for every young book-lover who likes when the illustrations are as clever as the story.

Recommended by Katherine

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Cover ImageAdrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

By Marcy CampbellCorinna Luyken (Illustrator)

Chloe doesn’t think her classmate Adrian is telling the truth when he tells everyone he has a horse. How could he take care of one when he lives in a run-down neighborhood and gets free lunch at school? This story about empathy is perfect to read and discuss with your child, and the illustrations are colorful and eye-catching.

Recommended by Katherine

Stumpkin Cover ImageStumpkin

By Lucy Ruth CumminsLucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)

Will someone pick Stumpkin to take home and carve into a jack-o-lantern by Halloween, or is he too . . . stumpy? I love how the illustrations in this seasonal tale depict the humans in the story as plain black silhouettes in contrast with the bright orange pumpkins. There’s even a rather spooky twist near the end!

Recommended by Rae Ann

Bunny's Book Club Cover ImageBunny’s Book Club

By Annie SilvestroTatjana Mai-Wyss (Illustrator)

Bunny sneaks into the library at night to read and soon his animal friends follow. If you haven’t yet discovered this beautiful tribute to books, book clubs, and libraries, now’s the time.

Recommended by Katherine

Front Desk Cover ImageFront Desk

Mia is a 10-year-old immigrant who helps her Chinese family run a motel in California in the 1990s — and the spunkiest character I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in recent memory! Vibrant characters make up the motel’s community, which is the perfect setting to explore social issues and injustices. Perfect for third and fourth graders, there’s a reason this one is already getting Newbery buzz.

Recommended by Ella

City of Ghosts Cover ImageCity of Ghosts

Ever since Cass almost died, she could see ghosts. Her already unusual ability gets crazier when her and her parents go to Scotland for a ghost-hunting show. There, Cass finds someone who shares her abilities, starting a thrilling adventure with ghosts and mysteries, all set in the beautiful town of Edinburgh.

Recommended by Rae Ann

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 Cover ImageMemphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

By Alice Faye DuncanR. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop is an inspiring book emphasizing the importance of community involvement in social justice. Strong historical details combined with wonderful paintings make this book an excellent addition to any personal or classroom library.

Recommended by Rae Ann

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon Cover ImageCountdown: 2979 Days to the Moon 

The true story, in free verse, of the 2,979 days between JFK’s directive until Neil Armstrong’s steps on the moon. Astronaut stats. Archival photos. Illustrations that make you feel like you’re right in the cockpit. Amazing!

Recommended by Niki

If Only Cover ImageIf Only 

If Only tells the dual narratives of Bridget, a 16-year-old pregnant teen trying to navigate making an adoption plan for her unborn child, and — in present day — 16-year-old Ivy’s quest to find her mom. It’s vulnerable and hopeful and beautifully written, and an excellent read for anyone who’s touched by or curious about adoption.

Recommended by Ella

Seafire Cover ImageSeafire 

Caledonia Styx is the captain of a pirate ship. She commands girls and women who all have a vengeance to pay against the Bullets, the army of an angry warlord. This is a fantastic story with strong female characters and thrilling adventures, perfect for anyone who loved The Reader or Six of Crows.

ParnassusNext — September Selection

9781481415200.jpgA Heart in a Body in the World 

We are thrilled to share signed copies of critically acclaimed author Deb Caletti’s new novel, A Heart in a Body in the World, with ParnassusNext subscribers this month!

A Heart in a Body in the World has received glowing praise from early readers, as well as four starred reviews, making it one of the most acclaimed young adult books of the year. It’s the story of Annabelle, a girl who begins running one evening outside her small Seattle suburb, who doesn’t stop running when she reaches the edge of town, or the state line, or the next time zone. It’s the story of what Annabelle is running from, and what kind of future she’s running toward.

Check out more of the buzz:

“The title of Deb Caletti’s masterful new book is apt. You feel your own heart expanding in your chest as you come to understand just why Annabelle is running. This novel is full of sorrow and rage, but also beauty and hope and so, so much wisdom. Annabelle’s story will resonate deeply with so many women that it’s tempting to call it a novel of the time. But really, this is one for the ages.” – New York Times bestselling author Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay

“Caletti’s novel dazzlingly maps the mind-blowing ferocity and endurance of an athlete who uses her physical body to stake claim to the respect of the nation.” – New York Times bestselling author e. lockhart, author of We Were Liars

“Annabelle’s story never seems forced or heavy-handed; Caletti realistically mines the gray areas of the teen’s conscience. Portrayals of complex, multifaceted secondary characters and vivid descriptions of the protagonist’s surroundings permeate this story and make it come to life. Readers can almost smell the pine trees, see the glimmering lake water, and feel the steamy heat rising off of the pavement as Annabelle runs across the country. They can also feel her confusion and pain, which makes her hard-won self-redemption most rewarding.” – School Library Journal

Nashville readers: Meet Deb Caletti when she’s here in the store on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.

ParnassusNext is the book subscription box for YA lovers. Every member of ParnassusNext receives a first edition hardcover of each month’s selected book, signed by the author. There is no membership fee to join — and no line to stand in for the autograph. Not only will you have one of the best YA books of the month when it comes out, you’ll have it straight from the author’s hands, with an original, authentic signature! Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite YA reader for 3, 6, or 12 months.

Mark Your Calendars . . .

9781984830159.jpgMarkus Zusak presents Bridge of Clay,
the highly anticipated new novel by the author of
The Book Thief

Monday, October 15, 2018
6:15 p.m. at Parnassus Books
For details and tickets, click here!

You won’t believe what else is coming up on the Parnassus Books event calendar — including visits from authors such as Kate DiCamillo, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera, and lots more! Take a look and make plans here.

PS: Bring the littles and let’s jam! Join us for singalong storytime every Thursday at 4 p.m. in the store with entertainer Emily Arrow, and weekend storytime every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.