Book Scouts: Magical Reads

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling

It’s safe to say we’re all wishing for a little magic in the world these days. This month’s Book Scouts program aims to do that for ages 8-12. The Book Scouts focus for June is inspired by our Summer Reading theme, “Imagine Your Story”. School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson highlights books with magical worlds, creatures, and stories.

These featured books are geared toward middle grade children, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. If your kids enjoy the magical spells of “Harry Potter”, the magical creatures of “Fablehaven”, the magical objects of the “Amulet” series, or the fairy-tale based adventures of “The Land of Stories”, they will love these books.

In the video below, Jennifer briefly highlights a few books. Browse the lists below the video for even more recommendations and some magical activities.

These titles can be placed on hold for curbside pickup. To do that, call (423) 434-4450 or visit our website. The titles with an asterisk (*) are also available as ebooks and audiobooks on READS.

Cat Wishes by Calista Brill
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow by Michelle Cuevas
Ta-Da! By Kathy Davis
The Night Lion by Sanne Dufft
Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke
The Green Umbrella by Jackie Kramer
Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden
Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long
Super Slug of Doom by Matty Long
Magic Spell by Julie Paschkis
Kings of the Castle by Victoria Turnbull
Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef (series) by Eric Colossal
Hereville (series) by Barry Deutsch
Cucumber Quest (series) by D.G. Gigi
The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Adventure Time (series) by Ryan North*
Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
The Witch Boy (series) by Molly Ostertag
Cat’s Cradle by Jo-Anne Rioux
5 Worlds by Mark Siegel*
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson
The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski
Little Witch Academia (series) by Yoh Yoshinari

The Chronicles of Prydain (series) by Lloyd Alexander*
Twinchantment by Elise Allen
A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying (series) by Kelley Armstrong
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill* (also available on audio)
Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett
Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood*
Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella (series) by Cerrie Burnell
Wicked Nix by Lena Coakley
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell* (also available on audio)
Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman (also available on audio)
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles De Lint
The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron
The Unicorn Rescue Society (series) by Adam Gidwitz* (also available on audio)
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy*
The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Horwitz
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones* (also available on audio)
Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee* (also available on audio)
Voyage of the Frostheart by Jamie Littler
A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano* (also available on audio)
Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison
The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Odyssey
The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver
Forest of Wonders (series) by Linda Sue Park
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (series) by Liesl Shurtliff* (also available on audio)
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo (series) by Obert Skye*
Wizard for Hire (series) by Obert Skye*
Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente
Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde*
City of Islands by Kali Wallace
The Thickety: A Path Begins (series) by J.A. White*
Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen
Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler* (also available on audio)

Brew up some kitchen magic by creating your own potions at home!

Make your own magic wand! If you don’t have clay at home, use yarn, ribbon, or whatever you have to add color and magic!

Design the castle of your dreams with everyone’s favorite craft item – cardboard tubes!

Although your Library’s building is closed for the time being, we remain committed to connecting you with learning and entertainment opportunities through our curbside pickup service and digital resources! Visit, call (423) 434-4450, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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