Stuck on a Desert Island with the Best Kids Books Ever

Wondering what your kids should be reading this summer? I’ve enlisted the help of local children’s librarians and bookstores to answer the question, "If you were stuck on a desert island with children of varying ages; without a cell phone, television, radio and computer; and could bring only a few books, what would you choose?"

So whether they’re reading in a tent by flashlight, in the back seat on a long road trip, in the shade of a favorite tree or in bed after a long day at camp, rest assured you'll have plenty of choices to pull out of the shipwreck and read this summer.

Erin Wilson, Sausalito Library

Baby (board books)

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Picture Books (ages 4-8)

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Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

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Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

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Lauren Snell, Mill Valley Library

Baby (board books)

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Picture Books (ages 4-8)

Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

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Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

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Middle Grade

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Young Adult Novels

Alicia Bell, Belvedere Tiburon Library

Baby (board books)

Picture Books (ages 4-8)

Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

April Hayley, San Anselmo Library

Baby (board books)

Picture Books (ages 4-8)

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Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

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Middle Grade

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Young Adult Novels

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Laura Kennett, Children’s Librarian, Novato Library

Baby (board books)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? 
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith 
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee

Picture Books (ages 4-8)
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

I Love My New Toy!  By Mo Willems 

Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 
Detective Gordon: The First Case by Ulf Nilsson

Middle Grade
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carols Hernandez 
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome 
Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Young Adult Novels

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo 
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Iris Meinolf, Farifax Library

Baby (board books)

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Picture Books (ages 4-8)

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Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

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Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

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Middle Grade Novels

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Marilyn Wronsky, Judi Evans (bold) & Sarah Butts (italic) Corte Madera Library

Baby (board books)

Picture Books (ages 4-8)

Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own)

Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

Clare Doornbos, Book Passage

Picture Books (ages 4-8)

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Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

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Young Adult Novels

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Emily Strempek, Barnes & Noble

Baby (board books)

Picture Books (ages 4-8)

Easy Readers (ages 6-8 who are just beginning to read on their own))

Chapter Books (ages 7-10 who are reading independently)

Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

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