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Summer's Not the Same Without a Book, Part I

June 26, 2019

This summer, some of NPL's super-knowledgeable bloggers gave us reading recommendations for the summer. Here's round one! Be on the lookout for the others later this summer.


For Children: Confidence and Cats

A Children's book makes summer sweet (and boosts confidence!)

Cassie is reading: Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, by Jessica Hische

This positive affirmation picture book is beautifully illustrated, and its message will resonate with readers of all ages. Read it at bedtime with your little one. Or when you or someone you love is having a bad day. Or when you want to inspire yourself. Or feel empowered. You can’t go wrong with a book that tells you not to give up! Recommended for readers ages 3-7.

Cassie is a Children’s Librarian at Edmondson Pike Branch Library. She can often be found reading books and singing songs, and not just at the library! Her favorite thing to do at the moment is cuddle her baby while they read phenomenal picture books and earn Read to Rise points.

You can earn prizes for reading to and with your youngest children and get them their very own My First Library Card! Visit to learn more.


The only thing better than a book about space is a book about cats and space

Candice is reading: CatStronauts series, by Drew Brockington

When the cat world is in a global energy crisis and quickly running out of energy, who will save the day? Leave that to the World’s Best Scientist and the CatStronauts! The Scientist formulates a plan to build a solar power plant on the Moon, and the CatStronauts must get there before the energy of the Earth runs out! Will they make it?! Join the CatStronauts crew in each of their space adventures this summer! Recommended for readers ages 7-10.

Candice is a Children’s Library Associate at Edmondson Pike Branch Library. She enjoys gardening, reading children’s books, rainy days, and cheese. She spends much of her time at the library, but she’s not mad about it.


For Teens & Adults: It's hot outside, but these reads leave a chill

A Creepy Victorian Ghost Story

Emily is reading: The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

Beat the heat this summer with a book that will send chills down your spine. When orphans Molly and Kip arrive at the Windsor Estate to work, they know something isn’t right. For starters, the tree that grows alongside the house seems to be growing into the house. Plus, the entire Windsor family is turning ghostly pale. Can Molly and Kip uncover the mystery of the Windsor Estate before it’s too late? This book is recommended for teen and young adult readers, but adults enjoy it, too.

Emily is a Teen/Children’s Associate at Edgehill Branch Library. When she’s not planning programs or hanging out in the kids’ room at her branch, Emily spends her days reading, writing, trying new recipes, and playing board games. She loves most books and all dogs.

Local Murder Mystery

Sarah is reading: A Murder in Music City, by Michael Bishop

Summertime is a good time to read about Nashville history, and this book will give you a juicy tale to while away the summer hours. The unfortunate death of young Paula Herring is rehashed in this book with a new goal in mind: finding out who really killed her. This book might even send you out on a driving adventure to see the key places that author Michael Bishop identifies in the story–starting with NPL’s own Metro Archives!

Sarah is an Archives Assistant with Metro Archives. Her interests and areas of expertise are history, literature, music, travel, Harry Potter, and Alf. If not in the Archives, she’ll most likely be found playing trivia somewhere.


Metro Archives keeps some unlikely treasures tucked away in their department. Swing by the Metro Archives and explore the past with rarities including original photos of the Gerst Brewing Company factory, a handwritten letter from then-Senator John F. Kennedy, and photos from Barnum & Bailey Circus’ 1937 visit to Nashville!

More Reading Recommendations Coming Soon!

Come back to the NPL blog July 24 for the next installment of Summer's Not The Same Without a Book.


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