by Josie Hanneman

Summer is on us in full force. If you haven’t settled into a nice lake read, yet, here are some fabulous options for different ages.

Just try to keep the books dry!

“The Pigeon Has to Go to School!” by Mo Willems

Do you have a little one at home worried about their first day of school or daycare? Perhaps reading about Pigeon’s (often hilarious) anxieties will help them become more comfortable with the idea. Willems thought he was done writing Pigeon books, but he used this title to help himself come to terms with a world not quite of his choosing, but that he still has to live in. Great for preschool and elementary readers.

“Storm and Fury” by Jennifer Armentrout

Demons and angels are real, and those gargoyles that guard old, European churches? They are here to protect us weak humans from the demons’ meddling. Trinity is a part of this paranormal universe, and appears human, but has a secret that many would kill to know. When outsiders visit the compound in which she’s been raised, her safe world is destroyed and she can only save her family (and maybe the world) by working with the mysterious Zayne. Best for mature teen readers, or adults who like teen books; available in both paper and ebook formats.

“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Everyone, but everyone is talking about this book this summer. Read it for yourself to see if you fall on the side of “summer, chick lit fluff,” or “revolutionary feminist literature (or somewhere in betweeen).” This novel, set in 1940s New York, is full of glamour, passion, history and adventure for the coming of age Vivian Morris. Raised in a button-up, old-money family, she is sent to live with her offbeat Aunt Peg after being kicked out of Vassar College. The setting suits her and changes her life. This book is in our adult collection and is available in print, audio and ebook formats. It is also part of our Hot Titles collection — if you don’t want to be on the super long hold list, keep an eye out for our 1-week loan, no holds, “it’s your lucky day” copy.

— Josie Hanneman is a community librarian at the Redmond Public Library. josieh@dpls.lib.or.usfa