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Wishes Fulfilled

Leaps of Faith

Titles to inspire personal growth

The books in this compilation are for the most part biographical. Spirituality played a deep and transformative role in the lives of each of the subjects. It catalyzed their lives and moved them from anonymity to influence. It got them over fears, hurdles, tragedies, insufficiencies and other types of adversity. Self-realization is a major theme in this list. These books explore the question of what we can become if our beliefs about who we are change.

surf's up

A Whale of a Good Read

Whale-forward sea stories for younger readers

The beach without books to read is like the sea without whales. Kids and parents alike will love these creative and sweet whale tales this summer.     Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Girls to the Front: Women, Punk, and Memoir

It's time to read n' rock.

Come into the studio, on tour, and to the afterparty with some of the most intriguing and commanding women of punk. Historically, music biographies place men center stage while women have been relegated to the margins.

hunter x hunter

Graphic Novel Corner

Classic Manga for the new reader

For classic anime fans around the world, reading the manga source material can provide a slightly different view of the overall story. Here at DC Public Library, we offer a number of classic titles that span the genres of action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian, dark undertones and many more. If you are familiar with classic anime and would like to delve into classic manga, consider the following titles below. 

In the Heart of the Sea

Survivor

Stories of humans vs. the forces of nature

Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

Family Matters

YA Books about diverse families

Family is complicated- and only more so for young people on the verge of adulthood. Fitting into a family is different for everyone, and these books give a realistic, enjoyable and interesting view into the lives of families. Some family is biological, and some family is chosen, but they all make for good reading. These young adult books focus on the ties between family members, in whatever form they come.

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Young Adult Female Athletes

Whatever girls and women set out to accomplish, we can achieve.  Some women are artists, some are writers, some explore new heights, some are intellectuals, some are revolutionaries. These books are about girls and women who are athletes. While professional athletes are lauded for their accomplishments, being an amateur may seem mundane, but few things in life are easy or simple. These are the stories of ten teen athletes working to overcome all odds as they chase their dreams.

Cover for My Magic Breath

Mindfulness Books for Younger Readers

It can be hard to slow down and live in the moment in our fast-paced society. So many things around us are competing for our attention.  Meditation and mindfulness are great tools that can help us appreciate the present more fully. While books for adults on this topic are widespread, there seem to be less for younger readers, but this is still a useful practice for them too. So, below is a list of books geared towards younger readers.

Little Book of Witchcraft

A Coven of Witch Books

Exploring your inner witch has been quite vogue in popular culture, from “basic witch” memes to #witchesofinstagram. What does it really mean, and are you interested in learning more? These books might be able to help you get started, or take a deep dive into developing an active practice.

Louise's war

Murder in Black and White

Historical mystery recommendations

With all of history to be inspired by, historical mysteries have been set in dozens of different eras and different countries, from Ancient Rome in the Flavia Albia novels to 1830s New Orleans in the Benjamin January series, just to name two.

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