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The Summer Reads List


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson

Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a  larger-than-life backstory as an explosives expert, climbs out his window and embarks on a great adventure.

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, Fannie Flagg

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Clear Point, Alabama, has just married off the last of her three daughters and is looking forward to relaxing when she discovers a shocking secret about her mother’s past.

Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen

Andrew Yancey—late of the Miami police, soon-to-be late of the Key West police—has a human arm in his freezer. How and why was it parted from its owner?

Be Frank With Me, Julia Claiborne Johnson

Flat broke literary legend Mimi Banning finds the perfect companion for her 9-year-old son—a boy with the IQ of Einstein, the wit of Noel Coward and the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star.

Bossypants, Tina Fey

Comedian Tina Fey tells all in this show-stopping memoir.

DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting, Joselyn Hughes

Thirty-five fail-proof projects (that people will actually like) offer help for the craft challenged.

Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld

Meet today’s Darcy family in this updated retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson
Can Lawson write a hilarious account of mental illness? Yes, she can!

How to Be a Texan: The Manual, Andrea Valdez

Learn how to talk, cook, travel and tend the ranch like a real Texan.

Killing Monica, Candace Bushnell

A successful writer resorts to faking her own death to reclaim a life that is separate from the infamous character of her own creation.

I’ve Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella

After she loses her engagement ring and her phone is stolen during a hotel fire drill, Poppy Wyatt finds an abandoned phone in a trash can and crashes into the life of the phone’s owner.

The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service, Beth Kendrick

Lara Madigan can help people find their perfect canine soul mates. Can she do the same to find herself a perfect human companion?

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson

Major Pettigrew, against his will and better judgment, is forced to confront the realities of 21st century life in his picture-perfect English village.

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman

A curmudgeon, hiding a personal loss beneath a cranky exterior, unexpectedly becomes friends with the chatty new next-door neighbors.

Modern Lovers, Emma Straub

From the bestselling author of The Vacationers, a highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.

Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari

Ansari uses his trademark humor to take a close look at the modern world of romance, love and dating.

Penguins with People Problems, Mary Laura Philpott

Philpott answers all the important penguin questions, such as what penguins should say about contemporary art.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald

Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty story about friendship, books and love.

The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a socially challenged professor of genetics, sets up a scientific method designed to find him the perfect wife. A special treat for fans of TV’s The Big Bang Theory.

Three Wishes, Liane Moriarty

Approaching their 33rd birthdays, triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma recall their tumultuous prior year, one marked by pregnancy, a love affair, a mid-life crisis and the possible reconciliation of their divorced parents.

Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella

When her old boyfriend reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, Lottie jumps at the chance. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember … or one to forget?

The Weekenders, Mary Kay Andrews

When Riley is served with papers foreclosing her family’s vacation home on Belle Isle and she is forced to move in with her mother, she thinks that life can’t get much worse … that is, until her  soon-to-be ex-husband’s body washes up on the island.

What If? Serious Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe

Munroe answers all the tricky scientific questions of our time. “If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?”

Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling

Comedy writer and actress Mindy Kaling shares her insights on relationships, fashion and weddings in her latest autobiography.

You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, Dave Barry

Dave Barry offers advice on a wide range of subjects that he admits he knows nothing about.

Teen Laugh-Alouds For grades 7-12

The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Faith Erin Hicks

Superhero Girl is trying to figure out how to fight crime, pay her rent and come out from under her brother Kevin’s shadow.

Beauty Queens, Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands 13 Miss Teen Dream pageant contestants on a desert island, they must learn how to work together and survive while practicing their dance numbers and working on their tans.

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Simon is the Chosen One and has begun his last year at Watford School of Magic where he must stop the Insidious Humdrum, pass his classes and figure out where his evil roommate Baz has gone … and why he cares.

Denton Little’s Deathdate, Lance Rubin

In Denton’s darkly humorous world where everyone knows when they will die, he tries to outlive his expiration date.

Etiquette and Espionage, Gail Carriger

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality which offers lessons in surprising subjects.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without actually having any friends until his mother forces him to spend time with Rachel who has leukemia.

Newt’s Emerald, Garth Nix

After the Newton emerald is stolen at the height of a storm, 18-year-old Lady Truthful Newington risks her life, her reputation and her heart to get it back.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ryan North

Going into battle with Galactus armed only with her trusty sidekick Tippy-To, a squirrel, and Deadpool’s Guide to Super Villains trading cards, Squirrel Girl doesn’t let it get her down.

Withering Tights, Louise Rennison

Fourteen-year-old Tallulah can’t wait to get to summer drama camp, but is horrified to discover the camp is for girls only.

Funny Fiction For Grades 3-6

The BFG, Roald Dahl

It was only a late night peek out the orphanage window that caused Sophie to be snatched by the BFG and whisked to the land of giants and snozzcumbers. It was the peek that changed everything.

Bad Kitty Gets a BATH, Nick Bruel

Do cats really hate baths? Sandwiched between Uncle Murray’s fun facts and Nick Bruel’s hilarious illustrations, learn everything you need to know about how to bathe Kitty … and live to tell your friends about it.

Bud, Not Buddy, Christopher Paul Curtis

Jump aboard for laughs as 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, a motherless kid on the lam, lives by his wits (a.k.a. Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself) while making a trek from Flint to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in search of his dad.

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure, Doreen Cronin

Laugh at the antics of Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy and the “brains” of the operation, Sugar—four fuzzy little chicks with a hankering to solve backyard mysteries.

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, Neil Gaiman

After trading his dad for two goldfish, a boy and his little sister embark on an adventure to get him back.

Harriet the Invincible, Ursula Vernon

It’s the best day ever when Princess Harriet Hamsterbone learns the tragic news—she is doomed to sleep her teen and adult life away thanks to a sinister rat’s powerful curse. But Harriet has other plans …

Homer Price, Robert McCloskey

Whether he’s taming a skunk and outwitting robbers, helping out with Uncle Ulysses’ automatic doughnut machine or simply winding string on a ball, humorous adventure happens in the most unexpected ways when Homer Price is on the scene.

The Legend of Spud Murphy, Eoin Colfer

It’s a real side-splitter when brothers Marty and Will Woodman try to outwit crusty, Mrs. Murphy, a menacing librarian they believe stashes a gas-powered spud gun under her desk, big enough to load with whole hard potatoes to take down any kid who gets out of line.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickhollow Place, Julie Berry

When the dear, disgraceful, dour, dull, pocked, smooth and stout students of Saint Etheldreda’s School for Girls agree to keep the sudden death-by-dinner departure of their headmistress and her brother a secret from authorities, they unwittingly find their hands full—hiding corpses, impersonating dead people and diverting a host of neighborly busybodies.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar

Hilarity ensues from the classroom on the 30th floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

The Terrible Two, Jory John and Mac Barnett

Who keeps out-pranking ultimate school prankster Miles Murphy? If he can just shake off Niles Sparks, the lame school do-gooder kid at his new school in boring bovine-loving Yawnee Valley, maybe he can conjure up the most superlative prank ever.

Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Novel, Spencer Quinn

Someone has stolen Grammy Gaux’s prized stuffed marlin, Black Jack, right off the yellowed walls of the family bait and tackle shop. Get the hilarious sniff from mutt Bowser’s point of view—which usually starts at the tip of his nose—when he and his favorite girl get hot on the trail of whoever’s stinking up the bayou with this crazy theft.

Silly Picture Books For K-3

Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia begins her new job working for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, and she follows their directions a bit too literally.

Chicken Big, Keith Graves

Can the giant chicken convince the other chickens that he is one of them?

Children Make Terrible Pets, Peter Brown

Lucy the bear meets her pet child Squeaker and attempts to take care of him until …  things start to go wrong.

The Day the Crayons Came Home, Drew Daywalt

Duncan is coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives from his missing crayons, all of which want to come home.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems

Should you let that zany pigeon drive the bus no matter how much he begs?

Dooby Dooby Moo, Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown knows his animals are up to something, and Duck is on a mission to win first place at the county fair’s talent show.

I Like Myself, Karen Beaumont

One little girl explores all the things she likes about herself including how unique she is.

It’s a Tiger, David LaRochelle

Imagine roaming through the forest when all of the sudden you see … a TIGER! RUN!

Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Jan Thomas

Bob is busy trying to warn Ed, Ned and Ted about approaching danger, but they would much rather spend their time rhyming.
An Undone Fairy Tale, Ian Lendler

A king has ordered that knights must pass three dangerous tasks before they can marry the pie-making princess, but the biggest challenge of all is the illustrator keeping up with the reader of the story.

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, Bob Shea

Goat turns his envy into respect, learning more about Unicorn and his struggles. 

For these titles and more sidesplitting selections, visit the Richardson Public Library at 900 Civic Center Drive in Richardson or online at

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