Read True Stories This Summer!

Tricia Fraser

Remember our summer library hours - every Wednesday morning from 9:00-12:00. And here are some great recommendations for summer reading! 

Real life stories can inspire and educate. Check out some of our newer non-fiction options. 


True Stories for Upper School Students and Adults


Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

The author tells his story of growing up in Oklahoma as in immigrant from Iran. Winner of the Printz award. 

An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski - young reader's edition with study guide and discussion questions. 

Eleven-year-old Maurice must beg for change in order to eat, but when Laura stops to help, they begin a years-long friendship that gives each a new perspective and hope. Includes a list of suggested acts of kindness.

All Thirteen, The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

A Newberry honor book from 2021, this book looks at the cave rescue of the twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach in northern Thailand. Lots of full color photos accompany this true story. 

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery by Abby Sher

Tells the stories of three girls who survived sexual slavery and how they are now working to help others who face the same struggle.



How we got to the Moon, Anne Frank, When Stars are Scattered, New Kid.

True Stories for Middle Grades


How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure. by John Rocco

"The extraordinary passion, ingenuity, and persistence of the 400,000 people who turned an 'impossible' dream into reality leap off every page of John Rocco's beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched, and lucidly written book." Andrew Chaikin. 

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The first graphic novel to ever win the Newberry Medal, this book tells the story of the author as he grew up as one of the only minority students in his prestigious private school. 

Anne Frank - The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biogrpahy by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. 

The well-known story of Anne Frank is retold in graphic novel format. 

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.



stretch to the sun, Benjamin Franklin, Nathan Hale, Lives of the Musicians

True Stories for Early Grades


Stretch to the Sun: From a Tiny Sprout t the Tallest Tree on Earth by Carrie A. Pearson

A beautiful picture book that tells the story of the the tallest tree known on earth, a twelve hundred year old, 380 feet tall redwood found in Redwood National Park

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Nathan Hale. 

This graphic novel series tells true stories from historic wars and other important events. This one is about World War I. 

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt. 

Profiles the lives of twenty composers and musicians from throughout history, ranging from Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach, to Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Woody Guthrie.

Show Me History! Benjamin Franklin, Inventor of the Nation! by Mark Shulman and Kelly Tindall

A new, graphic novel biography of Benjamin Franklin. We hope to get more of these! 





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