Librarian Reading Recommendations

NMMS Reading Recommendations:

Here are some book suggestions, ebooks, great programs to get involved in, and information on local Library programs. There is a great deal of information, sources, and opportunities to keep your students reading!

OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books Nominees) 2020

6th to 8th Grade Division

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Frogkisser by Garth Nix

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

House Arrest b K.A. Holt

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bolwing

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Duman

The List by Patricia Forde

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Ghainani

The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck 

YRCA (Young Readers Choice Award Nominees) 2020

Junior Division (Grades 4-6)

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Restart by Gordon Korman

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey 

Intermediate Division (Grades 7-9)

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Exo by Fonda Lee

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturb

ORCA (Oregon Readers Choice Awards) 2019-2020

Middle School Division (Grades 6-8)

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Frogkisser! By Garth Nix

One Trick Pony by Nathan Hale

Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Restart by Gordon Korman

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

Free Digital Book Resources

Capstone Interactive

Free access to 3,000 eBooks through August 31

Library staff or teachers need to sign up for the entire school

Will receive a login and URL to share with students and parents before school is out (I did not confirm this, but that is how it worked last year.)

If more than one staff member from a school signs up by accident, will be given the same credentials as those given to the first staff member

MMS Capstone Log In Information:

For login and password contact the Librarian at 

Sync Audiobooks

For Teens 13+

Can download two complete audiobooks per week

New offerings every Thursday (as of 4 am Pacific) each week through mid-August

Students (or their parents) can sign up for weekly alert about new titles or check site weekly for new downloads

Overdrive (Needed for Audio Books on Your Devices)

OSLIS/Gale Non-Fiction eBooks and Research
Gale Promotional Video  

Gale staff created a 1-minute video to share with parents or students

Encourages children to use Gale resources during summer

In any promotion, be sure to include your school districts or private school’s Gale login; however, with geolocation, access is possible for those who forget login

Can also post video link on your website, social media, newsletters, etc. (but cannot post login on public-facing platforms)

For login and password contact the Librarian at

Khan Summer Reading Competition

It is for students 13 and up, runs from today to August. Subjects include US History, Biology, or Programming. Check out below for prize info and the flyer attached can give you all the information you need to share with students.  

The Khan Academy team will be awarding projects in the following categories:Top biology project

  • Top programming project
  • Top US history project
  • Every learner prize—project that showcases the learner’s learning journey
  • Innovation prize— project that shows the most creativity
  • Grow innovatively prize—project that connects most to the learner’s personal story
  • Khan scholar prize—project that best incorporates Khan Academy content
  • Popular vote prize—project with the most likes and shares on social media; be sure to tag @khanacademy and use #CampKhan2019 to be in the running

The winner in each category will be awarded a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 128GB of storage, a personalized note from Khan Academy, and a grand prize winner’s certificate.

Additionally, we will award the top 50 projects a Khan Academy Hydro Flask, Khan Academy swag, and a top 50 winner’s certificate. 

For More Information:

Gale Databases (elementary, secondary)

Plentiful content in the Gale databases

Example: National Geographic Kids (K-8) has over 300 ebooks and every issue of National Geographic Kids magazine

Example: Find publication by title, like Muse from Cricket Media, a science and tech magazine for ages 9-14 (Power Search//Search-no need to enter a search term//Publication Search); sometimes images are removed from articles due to copyright restrictions

Books and Authors has book recommendations; users can post reviews, too

With geolocation, access is possible for those who forget login

Local Libraries and Summer Programs
Woodburn Public Library

June Events and Services

Currently, there is a summer reading program for kids, tweens, teens, and adults.

Free Library Card!


Thousands of eBooks and free if you have a free Library card from Woodburn Public Library  (need overdrive app)

Libby App

More eBooks powered by the Libby eBook reader, and audiobook player.North Marion Community Library, Aurora, OR

This link also gives you access to the Library Card Application

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