The Perfect Summer Sidekick

As the school year ends, kids and their families are gearing up for summer fun. Whether you are cooling down at the splash park or in search of a frozen treat, a book is the perfect summer sidekick. For early elementary and middle school kids, graphic novels are in high demand, and here are some (mostly) brand-new titles to enjoy. 


Amusing Middle Grade Books for Summer

Summer is upon us, and that means time for amusement parks! The rides. The food. The games. The calliope music (if that’s your thing). It’s magic. These middle grade titles perfectly capture the special hold such parks have on us.




Black-Authored Graphic Novels

Whether you prefer fast-paced action or funny slice-of-life, realistic fiction or sci-fi, these teen and middle grade graphic novels by Black authors have something for everyone! 


Independence Day Reads for Kids and Teens

What’s blue and white and read all over? Books, of course! Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a wide selection of print and digital titles to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.



The Witch Boy

“The Witch Boy” is a wonderful middle grade graphic novel about being true to yourself. In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches while boys grow up to be shapeshifters, and anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. The trouble is, Aster is a boy and he would rather be a witch.


Cooking With Your Family

For great ideas on how to get started in cooking, check out these awesome books for kids and teens from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh!