Recommended Reading

I definitely believe in the saying, “So many books, so little time.” There are way too many books and stories that I love to be able to list them all. Instead, I will share a few under different categories.

Creativity and Writing:

  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Second Sight by Cheryl B. Klein
  • Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
  • Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine


  • The Future of the Mind by Michio KaKu

Young Adult:

  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
  • Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl
  • The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
  • The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  • Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige
  • Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Middle Grade:

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Lockwood & Co. Series by Jonathan Stroud


  • Jumani by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
  • Come Out and Play, Little Mouse by Robert Kraus
  • Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus
  • Anything by Beatrix Potter
  • Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Jon Scieszka
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • Anything by Mo Willems!