Several book covers from Jennifer's favorite books placed in a grid

Book Scouts: Miss Jennifer’s Favorites

In this new year, your family might be looking for some new books to read. While you might have something specific in mind, you might also just be looking for a good book. That’s why, for this month’s Book Scouts, Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s school age program coordinator, has compiled some of her very favorite books for your reading pleasure.

Miss Jennifer shares some of her favorites in the video below. You can find even more of her go-to’s in the following list—there’s even a file linked at the bottom with even more suggestions! While these books are mostly intended for kids ages 8-12, anyone can enjoy them.

Click the titles in the list to browse and put them on hold for curbside pickup. For more book recommendations, take a look at our book lists or order a Book Bundle. Call (423) 434-4458 for more information on any of these titles.

Picture Books

Pup and Bear by Kate Banks

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

Golden Threads by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Windows by Julia Denos

Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest

Snow Sisters! By Kerri Kokias

Drawn Together by Minh Le

Goldfish On Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O’Leary

Bears and Blossoms by Shirley Parenteau

After the Fall by Dan Santat

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

Great Job, Mom! & Great Job, Dad! by Holman Wang

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon


Graphic Novels

Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Hilda (series) by Luke Pearson

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari


Chapter Books

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan

Lockwood & Co. (series) by Jonathan Stroud

A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) by Maryrose Wood



Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset by Sarah Glenn Marsh

John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister

Chasing Space: Young Readers’ Edition by Leland Melvin

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator by Emma Bland Smith

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh

Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang


You can find Jennifer’s full list, including extra picks that didn’t make it into this week’s Book Scouts, here.

If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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