by Tiffani Stewart
St. Charles City-County Library
A new year offers the opportunity for each of us to make goals for ourselves. Sometimes we want to break bad habits and sometimes we’re hoping to create some healthy new habits. You could start jogging or eating more fruits and vegetables. Or you could develop a reading habit! Did you know that daily reading is linked to all kinds of physical and mental health benefits?
In a 2013 study of the human brain, scientists discovered that reading increases brain connectivity and prevents the formation of lesions – like those found in people with dementia (Neurology, Jul 2013). Reading also decreases stress, lowering heart rate and blood pressure (Journal of College Teaching & Learning, Jan 2009). When children read at home, they build better vocabularies and experience higher self-esteem and school performance (Cleveland Clinic, Oct 2020).
If your New Year’s resolution is more reading time for you or the kids, this list of titles for all ages is a great place to start. Pick up these books curbside at your nearest branch or check out eBooks online.
Never Too Early (Pre-K): Your littlest readers will love these simple books about complex concepts.
Hello World series (by Jill McDonald)
Citizen Baby series (by Megan E. Bryant)
Anti Racist Baby (by Ibram X. Kendi)
Nerdy Babies series (by Emmy Kastner)
History Buff (K-5): Easy historical reads will take your elementary school reader back to reality.
Secret Explorers series (by SJ King)
Ordinary People Change the World series (by Brad Meltzer)
Girls Survive series (by various authors)
Oregon Trail series (by Jesse Wiley)
The Anti-Reader (6-8): Which book will hook? Only reluctant middle school readers will know…
Emmie & Friends (by Terri Libenson)
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series (by Nathan Hale)
Ranger's Apprentice series (by John Flanagan)
Disney Twisted Tales (by various authors)
Haunted High School (9-12): Discover thrillers and mysteries that will help young adult readers get a clue.
Stalking Jack the Ripper series (by Kerry Maniscalco)
The Cousins (by Karen McManus)
Truly Devious series (by Maureen Johnson)
The Inheritance Games (by Jennifer Lynn Barnes)
The Investigator (Adult): Get the scoop on your favorite celebs with these new biographies.
No Time Like the Future (by Michael J. Fox)
The Answer Is...: Reflections on my Life (by Alex Trebek)
Greenlights (by Matthew McConaughey)
Foodie Fare (Adult): This new collection of cookbooks will encourage you to provide reading treats for everyone!
Modern Comfort Food: a Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (by Ina Garten)
That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life: Creative Gatherings and Self-Care with the Cheese by Numbers Method (by Marissa Mullen)
100 Cookies: the Baking Book for Every Kitchen with Classic Cookies, Novel Treats, Brownies, Bars, and More (by Sarah Kieffer)
The TV Lover (Adult): Turn off the TV and dive into a TV-inspired title.
The Queen’s Gambit (by Walter Tevis)
Is This Anything? (by Jerry Seinfeld)
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook (by Regula Ysewijn)
The Office: the Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s (by Andy Greene)
If you don’t see just the right book to jump start your 2021 reading habit, use the Library’s WE RECOMMEND service. Visit the “Ask Us” chat feature at myLibrary.org to tell our staff what you’re looking for, and we’ll help you find the read you need. Get healthy this year…with books from the Library.
The St. Charles City-County Library is offering curbside services only at this time. All Library facilities are temporarily closed to the public except for public computer use by appointment only. Room reservations, passport services, and in-person classes & events are temporarily cancelled, but virtual programming is happening now. Get the details here: myLibrary.org/covid-19