Books for the Beast

Required Reading

  • Select two themed groups for which you would like to read:
    One for the morning session, and one for the afternoon session
  • Each group has a list of five books 
    Some titles can be found on audio books
  • Please read all of the books in your discussion group, this will enhance the quality of the discussion groups.
  • For finding books:
    Printable Required Reading for 2015 - Books for the Beast


WHO? Dynamic Duos

Romeo & Juliet adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds

The Crossover Kwame Alexander

Proxy Alex London

A Corner of White Jaclyn Moriarty

She is Not Invisible Marcus Sedgwick


WHAT? Fantastic Creatures

Beowulf adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds

The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier

Half Bad Sally Green

Far Far Away Tom McNeal

The Boundless Kenneth Oppel

WHERE? Sense of Place

Capital Days: Michael Shiner's Journal and Growth of Our Nation's Capital Tonya Bolden

We Were Liars E. Lockhart

The Geography of You and Me Jennifer Smith

This One Summer Mariko Tamaki

Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson

WHEN? Blast from the Past

A Northern Light Jennifer Donnelly

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey Nick Bertozzi

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial

Russia Candace Fleming

Egg & Spoon Gregory Maguire

Navigating Early Clare Vanderpool

WHY? Find Yourself

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty Tonya Bolden

Reality Boy A.S. King

When I Was the Greatest Jason Reynolds

A Time to Dance Padma Venkatraman

The Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang

HOW? Always Changing

Revolution Jennifer Donnelly

El Deafo Cece Bell

Love Letters to the Dead Ava Dellaira

Maggot Moon Sally Gardner

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek Maya Van Wagenen