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The Summer Reading Program runs from June 1 – August 31, 2021


  • 15 Bible Stories & 15 Books = Ted Drewes Gift Certificate
  • 30 Bible Stories & 30 Books = City Museum Gift Certificate

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Old Testament

The Beginning:

  • Genesis 1-2 (God Creates the World)
    How This Book Was Made -by Mac Barnett
    The Big Umbrella -by Amy June Bates
    Where the River Begins -by Thomas Locker
    There was an Old Man Who Painted the Sky -by Teri Sloat
  • Genesis 3 (The Fall)
    No Matter What -by Debi Gliori
    Dragons Love Tacos -by Adam Rubin
    Yellow and Pink -by William Steig
  • Genesis 6-9 (Noah & the Flood)
    La La La: A Story of Hope -by Kate DiCamillo
    The Bear and the Piano –by David Litchfield
    Old Noah’s Elephants -by Warren Ludwig
    Noah’s Ark -by Peter Spier

Covenant People:

  • Genesis 15 (Abraham)
    Dusk -by Uri Shuleitz
  • Genesis 17 (Abraham)
    Whoever You Are -by Mem Fox
    The Wonderful Things You Will Be -by Emily Winfield Martin
  • Genesis 18 (Abraham)
    Imani’s Moon -by JaNay Brown-Wood
    Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll -by Jay Miletsky
  • Genesis 21 (Abraham)
    Barfburger Baby, I Was Here First -by Paula Danziger
  • Genesis 22 (Abraham & Isaac)
    God Gave Us You -by Lisa Tawn Bergren
    Papa’s Pastries -by Charles Toscano
  • Genesis 24 (Isaac & Rebecca)
    Clown -by Quentin Blake
    Look and Be Grateful -by Tomi DePaola
  • Genesis 25 (Jacob & Esau)
    Three Bears in a Boat -by David Soman
  • Genesis 27 (Jacob & Esau)
    Dream Friends -by You Byun
  • Genesis 37 (Joseph)
    Otis -by Loren Long
    Chloe’s Birthday … and Me -by Giselle Potter
    Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters -by John Steptoe
  • Genesis 39-45 (Joseph)
    The Darkest Dark -by Chris Hadfield
    Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse -by Kevin Henkes
    Hotel Bruce -by Ryan T. Higgins
    Princess Furball -by Charlotte Huck


The Promised Land

  • Exodus 1-2 (Birth of Moses)
    Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door -by Adam Rubin
    Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure -by Anna Walker
  • Exodus 2-4 (Burning Bush)
    Hank Finds An Egg -by Rebecca Dudley
    My Name is Elizabeth -by Annika Dunklee
    The First Thing My Mama Told Me -by Susan Marie Swanson
  • Exodus 11-13 (Passover)
    Once Upon a Memory -by Nina Laden
    The Passover Lamb -by Linda Elovitz Marshall
    Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then -by Harriet Ziefert
  • Exodus 14-15 (The Red Sea)
    Dark Night -by Dorothee de Monfreid
    The Longest Night: A Passover Story -by Laurel Snyder
    Brave Enough for Two: A Hoot and Olive Story -by Jonathan D. Voss
  • Exodus 16 (Manna & Quail)
    The Lorax -by Dr. Seuss
    Hungry Bird -by Jeremy Tankard
    Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach -by Melanie Watt
  • Exodus 19-20 (The Commandments)
    Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
    Sadie and the Big Mountain -by Jamie Korngold
    Peanut Butter and Jellyfish -by Jarrett J. Lrosoczka
    Lola’s Rules for Friendship -by Jenna McCarthy
    Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie -by Laura Rankin
    No, David! -by David Shannon
    If Everybody Did -by Jo Ann Stover
    Leap Back Home to Me -by Lauren Thompson
    Press Here –by Herve Tullet
    Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten –by Audrey Vernic
    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus -by Mo Willems
  • Exodus 32-33 (The Golden Calf)
    Ladybug Girl and the Ever Playdate -by Jacky Davis
    Images of God for Young Children -by Marie-Helene Delval
    Swimmy -by Leo Lionni
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit -by Beatrix Potter
    Because You are My Baby -by Jennifer Ward
  • Deuteronomy 34 (Moses’ Death)
    Badger’s Parting Gifts –by Susan Varley

History of Israel

Conquering the Promised Land

  • Joshua 1-2 (Rahab Hides the Spies)
    What Do You Do with a Problem -by Kobi Yamada
  • Joshua 3-5 (Israel Enters the Promised Land)
    The Name Jar -by Yangsook Choi
    Just me and My Little Brother -by Mercer Mayer
  • Joshua 24 (The Fall of Jericho)
    Crouching Tiger -by Ying Chang Compestine
    The Story Book Knight -by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty
    I’ll Follow the Moon -by Stephanie Lisa Tara


  • Judges 4-5 (Deborah)
    Back to Front and Upside Down -by Claire Alexander
    You Can Do It! By Tony Dungy
    The Invisible Moose -by Dennis Hasely

The Promised Land United

  • 1 Samuel 2-4 (Samuel) 1 Samuel 2-4, 15-16
    Quiet -by Kate Alizadeh
    The Night Gardener -by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
    Hello Baby! -by Mem Fox
    Blizzard -by John Rocco
    The Listeners -by Gloria Whelan
  • 1 Samuel 15-16 (Samuel)
    The Hungry Coat -by Demi
    …and Nick -by Emily Gore
    I am Rosa Parks -by Brad Meltzer
    A Small Surprise -by Louise Yates
  • 1 Samuel 8-11 (Saul)
    No -by Claudia Rueda
  • 1 Samuel 17-20 (David)
    Jabari Jumps -by Gaia Cornwall
    Hooway for Wodney Wat -by Helen Lester
    Little Humans –by Brandon Stanton
  • 2 Samuel 7 (David)
    Where Does God Live? -by Holly Bea
    Spirit of Hope –by Bob Graham
    Good Luck Baby Owls -by Giles Milton
    The Carpenter’s Gift -by David Rubel
  • Psalm 23 (Psalms)
    Grateful -by John Bucchino
    Year of the Jungle -by Suzanne Collins
    The Gift of Nothing -by Patrick McDonnell
    The Journey -by Francesca Sanna
    The Quiet Book -by Deborah Underwood
  • Psalm 46 (Psalms)
    Quiet -by Tomie dePaola
    if you want to see a whale -by Julie Fogliano
    A Fine Dessert -by Emily Jenkins
    Hiding Places -by Kathleen Trock
  • Psalm 119 (Psalms)
    We Are in a Book -by Mo Willems
  • Psalm 145 (Psalms)
    The Bear in the Book -by Kate Banks
  • 1 Kings 2-3 (Solomon)
    Stanley at School -by Linda Bailey
    The Donkey and the Rock -by Demi
    Here’s to You, America! -by Charles M. Schulz
  • 1 Kings 5-6 (Solomon)
    Tinyville Town Gets to Work -by Brian Biggs
  • 1 Kings 8 (Solomon)
    How Big is God? -by Lisa Tawn Bergren
    And God Created Squash -by Martha Whitmore Hickman
    Mama Built a Little Nest -by Jennifer Ward

The Promised Land Divided

  • 2 Kings 2 (Elijah)
    Nana in the City -by Lauren Castillo
    Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys -by Elizabeth Fitzgerald
    Starring Mirette & Bellini -by Emily Arnold McCully
    The Lizard from the Park -by Mark Pett
    Thank You, Grandpa -by Lynn Plourde
    After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again -by Dan Santat
  • 2 Kings 5 (Elisha)
    teeny tiny toady -by Jill Esbaum
    Chester’s Way -by Kevin Henkes
    Miro in the Kingdom of the Sun -by Jane Kurtz
    Blobfish Throws a Party -by Miranda Paul
    Daisy Plays Hide-and-Seek -by Ellie Sandall
  • Jonah 1 (Jonah)
    Jonah’s Whale -by Eileen Spinelli
  • Jonah 3-4 (Jonah)
    Mother Bruce -by Ryan T. Higgins
    The Tallest of Smalls Author -by Max Lucado
    Sorry! -by Trudy Ludwig
  • Isaiah 6-7 (Isaiah)
    Mighty Truck -by Chris Barton
    The Barefoot Book of Children -by Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma
    Waiting for Noel -by Ann Dixon
    The Precious Gift -by Ellen Jackson
    That’s Not Fair! Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice -by Carmen Tafolla
    If I Never Forever Endeavor -by Holly Meade
    How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? -by Jane Yolen
    Mama, Will It Snow Tonight? -by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Jeremiah 1 (Jeremiah)
    Not So Tall for Six -by Dianna Hutts Aston
    hello! hello! -by Matthew Cordell
    #justachicken -by Preston Thorne and Langston Moore
    Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats -by Alicia Potter
    I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love -by Nancy Tillman
  • Jeremiah 23 (Jeremiah)
    The Herd Boy -by Niki Daly
    Apes A-Go-Go! -by Roman Milisic
    A Young Shepherd -by Cat Urbigkit
  • Jeremiah 31 (Jeremiah)
    Anna Hibiscus’ Song -by Atinuke
    Melena’s Jubilee -by Zetta Elliott
    The Invisible String -by Patrice Karst
    Ugly Vegetables -by Grace Lin
    The Three Questions -by Jon J. Muth
    When I Grow Up, I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize -by Isabel Pin
    A Story for Hippo -by Simon Puttock
    The Relatives Came -by Cynthia Rylant
    How I Learned Geography -by Uri Shulevitz
    Lily and the Paper Man -by Rebecca Upjohn
    Over and Over -by Charlotte Zolotow
    Owl Moon -by Jane Yolen

In Exile

  • Esther 1-8 (Esther)
    The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade –by Justin Roberts
  • Daniel 3 (Daniel)
    Refuge -by Anne Booth
  • Daniel 6-7 (Daniel)
    Frog -by Susan Cooper
    Almost to Freedom -by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
    The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs -by Jon Scieszka
    Lenny Loses His Lunch -by Dan Taylor & Damon J. Taylor
  • Ezekiel 36-37 (Ezekiel)
    Dem Bones -by Bob Barner
    Fire! The Renewal of a Forest -by Celia Godkin
    Snowshoe Thompson -by Nancy Levinson
    On that Day: A Book of Hope for Children -by Andrea Patel
    The Message of the Birds -by Kate Westerlund

Return to Promised Land

  • Ezra 3 (Ezra)
    What You Know First -by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Malachi 2-4 (Malachi)
    I Got Community –by Melrose Cooper

New Testament

Jesus’ Childhood

  • Luke 1 (Gabriel and Mary)
    Anything is Possible -by Giulia Belloni
    The Gift of the Christmas Cookie -by Dandi Daley Mackall
    Nobody Rides the Unicorn -by Adrian Mitchell
    Christmas Farm -by Mary Lyn Ray
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever -by Barbara Robinson
    Cups Held Out -by Judith L. Roth
    The Dark -by Lemony Snicket
    How Do you Know? by Deborah W. Trotter
    The Stone Hatchlings -by Sarah Tsiang
  • Luke 2 (Jesus’s Birth)
    Mouse’s Christmas Gift -by Mindy Baker
    Brave Squish Rabbit -by Katherine Battersby
    Ada Twist, Scientist -by Andrea Beaty
    I Loved You Before You Were Born -by Anne Bowen
    The Gift of Nothing -by Patrick McDonnell
    Rain School -by James Rumford
    Inside this Book: (are three books) -by Barney Saltzberg
    When the World Was Waiting For You -by Gillian Shields
    Little Wolf’s Song -by Britta Teckentrup
    Waiting is Not Easy -by Mo Willems
    Orion and the Dark -by Emma Yarlett
  • Matthew 2:1-12 (The Visit of Wise Men)
    Small Camel Follows the Star by Rachel W. N. Brown
    Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick & David Serlin
    The Last Straw by Fredrick H. Thury
  • Matthew 2:13-23 (Escape to Egypt)
    The Worst Day of My life EVER! -by Julia Cook
    Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad -by Pamela Duncan Edwards
    Make Way for Ducklings -by Robert McCloskey

Jesus’ Public Ministry

  • Matthew 3 (Jesus’ Baptism)
    Mama’s Coming Home -by Kate Banks
    Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry -by Samantha Berger
    There -by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
    Chester’s Way -by Kevin Henkes
    A Special Kind of Love -by Stephen Michael King
    When God Made You -by Matthew Paul Turner
    Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas -by Mélanie Watt
  • Matthew 4:1-11 (The Temptation of Jesus)
    Bad News! I’m in Charge! -by Bruce Ingman
    Oh No, George! -by Chris Haughton
    Down the Road -by Alice Shertle
    Doctor De Soto -by William Steig
  • Luke 5:1-11 (Jesus Calls His Disciples)
    Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun -by Maria Dismondy
    Little Home Bird –by Jo Empson
    A Home for Bird -by Philip C. Stead
    Red Red Red -by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Matthew 5:12 (The Beatitudes)
    I Like Myself! –by Karen Beaumont
    The Catawampus Cat –by Jason Carter Eaton
    Quit Calling Me A Monster! –by Jory John
    The Way Home In the Night –by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • Mark 9:1-13 (Jesus’ Transfiguration)
    Goose -by Molly Bang
    if you want to see a whale -by Julie Fogliano
    Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook -by Michael Garland
  • Mark 10:13-16 (Jesus and the Little Children)
    I Have Two Homes –by Marian De Smet
    Julia, Child –by Kyo Maclear
  • Luke 19:1-10 (Jesus and Zacchaeus)
    Mustache! -by Mac Barnett
    Mini Rabbit Is Not Lost -by John Bond
    Enemy Pie -by Derek Munson
    Wings -by Christopher Myers


  • John 2:1-12 (Water into Wine)
    No Dogs Allowed! -by Linda Ashman
    The Wedding -by Eve Bunting
    Wilma Jean the Worry Machine -by Julia Cook
    Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes -by Kimberly & James Dean
  • Mark 4:35-41 (Calming the Storm)
    Loon Baby -by Molly Beth Griffin
    Boom! Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog -by Mary Lyn Ray
    Don’t be Afraid Little Pip -by Karma Wilson
  • John 6:1-15 (Feeding of 5,000)
    Extra Yarn -by Mac Barnett
    Just Enough is Plenty -by Barbara Diamond Goldin
  • John 11:1-44 (Raising Lazarus)
    The Pond -by Nicola Davies
    Ada’s Violin -by Susan Hood
    Flora and the Flamingo -by Molly Idle
  • Matthew 14:22-33 (Walking on Water)
    Sam and Dave Dig a Hole -by Mac Barnett
    Three Bears in a Boat -by David Soman
    Ladybug Girl at the Beach -by David Soman and Jacky Davis


  • Mark 4:3-20 (The Sower)
    It’s Easy -by Deborah Hautzig
  • Matthew 7:24-27 (Wise and Foolish Builders)
    Julia’s House for Lost Creatures -by Ben Hatke
    Middle Bear -by Susanna Isern
    Horton Hears a Who -by Dr. Seuss
  • Luke 10:25-37 (Good Samaritan)
    Leo: A Ghost Story -by Mac Barnett
    Love Your Neighbor -by Melody Carson
    The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit -by John Carter Cash
    My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother -by Patricia Polacco
  • Luke 15:1-10 (Lost Sheep and Coin)
    The Lost-and-Found Tooth -by Louise Borden
    Spot, the Cat -by Henry Cole
    Teddy’s Favorite Toy -by Christian Trimmer
    Lawn to Lawn -by Dan Yaccarino
  • Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal Son)
    The Runaway Bunny –by Margaret Wise Brown
    Those Darn Squirrels! –by Adam Rubin
    Where the Wild Things Are –by Maurice Sendak

The Passion of Christ

  • Matthew 21:1-11 (The Triumphal Entry)
    The Colt and the King -by Marni McGee
    Xander’s Panda Party -by Linda Sue Park
    They All Saw a Cat -by Brendan Wenzel
  • Luke 22:7-30 (The Lord’s Supper)
    Grandma’s Purple Flowers -by Adjoa J. Burrowes
    Mama -by Eleanor Schick
    Badge’s Parting Gifts –by Susan Varley
  • John 18:19-19:16 (Jesus Trail)
    The Quiltmaker’s Gift -by Jeff Brumbeau
    Goodbye, Curtis -by Kevin Henkes
    7 Ate 9: The Untold Story -by Tara Lazar
    Muddle & Mo -by Nikki Slade Robinson
    Seven Blind Mice -by Ed Young
  • Luke 24 (The Resurrection)
    The King and the Three Thieves –by Kristen Balouch
    The Day the Stones Walked –by T.A. Barron
    Willy the Wizard –by Anthony Browne
    Tweak, Tweak –by Eve Bunting
    Catching Kisses –by Amy Gibson
    Around the Table That Grandad Built -by Melanie Heuiser Hill
    I Feel a Foot! –by Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden
    The Most Magnificent Thing –by Ashley Spires
    Letting Swift River Go –by Jane Yolen
    Turtle Spring –by Deborah Turney Zagwÿn
  • Matthew 28:16-20 (Ascension)
    Big Cat, Little Cat -by Elisha Cooper
    Hug This Book -by Barney Saltzberg
    A Mother’s Promise -by Lisa Humphrey
  • Acts 1:6-11 (Ascension)
    Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me -by Daniel Beaty
    Night Job -by Karen Hesse
    A Packet of Seeds -by Deborah Hopkinson

Early Church

  • Acts 2 (Pentecost)
    Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo -by Denise Brennan-Nelson
    Kindness Makes Us Strong -by Sophie Beer
    The Quiltmaker’s Journey -by Jeff Brumbeau
    The Secret Birthday Message -by Eric Carle
    A Big Bed for Jed -by Laurie Friedman
    Ralph Tells a Story -by Abby Hanlon
    Say Hello -by Rachel Isadora
    God’s Big, Big Church -by Pamela Kennedy
    The Growing Story -by Ruth Krauss
    Drawn Together -by Minh Lê
    Too Much Mush! -by Abby Levine
    Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic -by Ginnie Lo
    Thank You, Omu! -by Oge Mora
    Spoon -by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    Banana! -by Ed Verde
    City Dog, Country Frog -by Mo Willems
    Down by the Cool of the Pool -by Tony Mitton
    Where the Sunrise Begins -by Douglas Wood
  • Acts 8:26-40 (Philip and the Ethiopian)
    Metropolitan Cow -by Tim Egan
    Yoshiko and the Foreigner -by Mimi Otey Little
    I Got the Rhythm -by Connie Schofield-Morrison
    Ask Me -by Bernard Waber
  • Acts 9:1-31 (Conversion of Saul)
    Bow-Wow-Meow -by Bianca Lacasa
  • Romans 1:16-17 (Live by Faith)
    Wolf In The Snow -by Matthew Cordell
  • Galatians 5:16-26 (Fruit of the Spirit)
    Maybe I Can Love My Neighbor Too -by Jennifer Grant
    Zen Ties -by Jon J. Muth
    Here Comes Darrell -by Leda Schubert
  • Ephesians 2:1-10 (Saved by Grace)
    The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend -by Dan Santat
    All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom -by Angela Johnson
    The Dot -by Peter H. Reynolds
  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (The Body of Christ)
    Rescue and Jessica -by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes
    Here Are My Hands -by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
    Last Stop on Market Street -by Matt de la Peña
  • 1 Corinthians 13 (The Way of Love)
    Love Twelve Miles Long -by Glenda Armand
    Love Monster and the Last Chocolate -by Rachel Bright
    Love You When You Whine -by Emily Jenkins
    Welcome Home, Mouse -by Elisa Kleven
    My Sister, Alicia May -by Nancy Tupper Ling
    Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess -by Lisa Marsoli and Disney
    Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet -by Jane O’Connor
    Love, Z -by Jessie Sima
  • Hebrews 11 (By Faith)
    And Then It’s Spring -by Julie Fogliano
    Waiting -by Kevin Henkes
    When Jessie Came Across the Sea -by Amy Hest
    Faith the Cow -by Susan Bame Hoover
    Butterflies Under Our Hats -by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
    Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct -by Mo Willems
    This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration -by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Hebrews 12:1-2 (A Great Cloud of Witnesses)
    Up the Mountain Path -by Marianne Dubuc
    Homeplace -by Anne Shelby
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee -by Philip Stead
  • Revelation 21-22 (A Vision of Heaven)
    Next Year I’ll Be Special -by Patricia Reilly Giff
    Rufus Goes to School –by Kim T. Griswell
    Possum’s Harvest Moon –by Anne Hunte
    One Love –by Bob Marley adapted by Cedella Marley
    Just a Little Different –by Gina and Mercer Mayer
    There Is No Such Thing As Little –by LeUyen Pham