Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan. We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. District goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023

Elementary Level Reading
Interest Level  K - 5th

Photo: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
10/21/2020
"What students love about the book is that it makes them laugh out loud and they can relate to a lot to the experiences of the characters Greg and Rowley.” Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary
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The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
10/07/2020
"Students at my school love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. I can't keep them on the shelf." Sue Smith, Ooltewah Elementary
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Blended by Sharon M. Draper
09/16/2020
"I like that Izzy learns it's not about what color you are, but that everyone is equal. And I like that she calls her hair a frizzy tornado, because that sounds just like mine.” Demiyah B, student, Alpine Crest Elementary
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The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak
09/10/2020
"Soddy Elementary School kiddos love this book because of the rich, creative word choices. This book makes any kid laugh out loud. It's an amazing read aloud." Lindsay Prater, Soddy Elementary
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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
09/03/2020
"Students root for this character and can't wait to read more. Our 4th and 5th graders LOVE this book!" Jeannette Yann, Spring Creek Elementary
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The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
08/27/2020
"It is a sweet story that encourages students to find their own meaningful words." Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary
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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
05/20/2020
"We learn why it is okay to be different from everyone else!" Nicole Galletta, librarian, Big Ridge Elementary
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
05/13/2020
"It explores a difficult time in our nation's history and reminds each of us to practice virtues of kindness and acceptance." Robin Perry Hutchinson, librarian, Hillcrest Elementary
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This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton
05/06/2020
"Kids do go crazy for this book because it calls a block a ball, a monster a princess, a balloon a kite, and other silly things." Penny Ledbetter, librarian, Lakeside Academy
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The Bad Seed by Jory John
04/02/2020
"Even though you may have made bad choices, you can still be good." Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary
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How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle
03/26/2020
"It's funny, and I love it when she found the note on the wall, 'We have taken your parents. The beans'” Janelle D., Alpine Crest Elementary
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Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
02/27/2020
“The kids love the surprise ending that reveals the true owner of the tapestry.” Sue Smith, a Librarian at Ooltewah Elementary
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Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
02/27/2020
“Students and adults alike can learn a bit about friendships and figuring out who deserves your love by reading this story.” Mary Poteet, a Librarian at Middle Valley Elementary
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The Mitten by Jan Brett
02/26/2020
"I think the pictures are exciting and beautiful.” Patty Buccellato, Hardy Elementary School
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Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
02/26/2020
“ My students love this story about Jasper Rabbit, a young rabbit who wants creepy underwear that glows in the dark..” Caroline Mickey, a Librarian​ at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
02/26/2020
"I love this book! It's fun learning about art and solving a mystery at the same time!" Elisabeth Biernik, Rivermont Elementary
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The Oldest Student By Rita Lorraine Hubbard
02/26/2020
The Oldest Student By Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Nolan Elementary. In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.
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The Wild Robot by Jeff Brown
The Wild Robot by Jeff Brown
11/18/2019
“Our students enjoy reading how Roz, the robot, finds a purpose on a remote island after being washed up to shore during a violent hurricane.” - Donna Hatmaker, DuPont Elementary Librarian
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Chalk by Bill Thomson
Chalk by Bill Thomson
10/23/2019
“Students are filled with wonder as they read about a group of kids that find a special bag of chalk and start creating.”
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Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
10/09/2019
Kung Pow Chicken is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Kimberly Lane, a Librarian at Wolftever Creek Elementary. This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones - Suggested for Grades K-3
05/06/2019
“Students love the colored illustrations in this chapter book that allow readers to get the best of both worlds. These stories take a classic fairy tale and change the details to create a funny story.” - Beth Hoelke, librarian at Hixson Elementary School.
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A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
04/15/2019
“Students love that the story is from the dog's point of view. They are very curious about the use of service dogs to help veterans suffering from PTSD. Students agree that the story has many sad parts, but ultimately it is about facing the painful experiences in life and being willing to accept help from others.” - Debbie Condry, librarian at McConnell Elementary
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Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey - Suggested for Grades - 2 - 5
02/18/2019
“Kids who love reading graphic novels love this series! They are intrigued by the weirdness, strange villains, and laughs that come along with reading about Dog Man and his nemesis Petey." - Janessa Fooshee, librarian at Battle Academy
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Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sacher
01/14/2019
“The kids love this book because of the outrageous stories that take place with students who are in school every day just like them. The humor mixed with funny characters is always enjoyable for the readers.” -Nicole Cobb, librarian at East Ridge Elementary School
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Middle School Level Reading
Interest Level  4th - 8th

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman
10/29/2020
"Students like that it is a fast-paced adventure series set in a future that is not (seemingly) dystopian." Renee Ziemann, librarian, Sale Creek Middle/High
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Jam Sessions by Jerry Harwood
10/01/2020
"It leads readers to question their own behavior in similar situations and to look behind the masks people wear in public while offering hope of help from parents and adults." Wyndy Metcalf, Hixson Middle School
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When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
09/23/2020
"A shining example of how a graphic novel can tackle serious issues in a way with which students can easily connect." Catherine Cox, Normal Park Museum Magnet
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The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
02/26/2020
"When are we going to get book two?” Denise Stone, Orchard Knob Middle School
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Heartache and Other Natural Shocks by Glenda Leznoff
02/26/2020
“One student told me that she didn’t like to read until she found this book. Now she is one of my biggest readers..” Renee Ziemann, a Librarian at Sale Creek Middle
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Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes
11/18/2019
“ Students are able to see the devastation faced by the community from the victim's perspective, giving them a chance to deal with this difficult topic in a powerful way.” Catherine Cox, a Librarian at Normal Park Upper School
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
05/07/2019
“Students love this funny graphic novel about a middle school love triangle. The characters are well written and very sweet. Main character Callie loves the theater, but she's not a great singer or set designer. Putting on the best show with only a middle school budget and a team that can't get along is struggle enough, then you have to add all the offstage drama.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary.
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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
04/29/2019
“Older students like this book because it offers another viewpoint. Things would be different for all of the characters if there had not been a war.” - Heidi Marshall, librarian at Westview Elementary
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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
04/01/2019
“I love The Lost Hero because there is so much satisfaction that I sometimes don't want to stop reading it! Greek mythology is interesting anyway, and the book has lots of amazing detail. The Lost Hero is great!” - Owen Dean, a student at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
03/25/2019
“My students are exuberant about this series, and they ask every week if there is one of the seven books in for them. They enjoy the mystery, and love that they never know what the next page turn will bring.” - Caroline Mickey, librarian at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
03/18/2019
“The kids at my school love historical fiction, especially the World War II period. This book shows the story of 3 different kids and 1 special harmonica that they all share and their experiences during the war.” - Whitney Fessler, librarian at Lookout Mountain Elementary
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Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
03/11/2019
“This book in verse tells the story of 12-year-old Chuck, who discovers that it is possible to recover from past decisions. Students love the rhythm and hip-hop feel of the poetry and relate to the basketball themes in the book as well.” Catherine Cox, librarian at Normal Park Museum Magnet Upper School
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
02/25/2019
“The kids love the humor of this book! The graphic novel genre has great appeal to our children in general, due to them being faster reads than longer novels.” - Gillian Burgess, librarian at Snow Hill Elementary
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
02/05/2019
“Students, both boys, and girls enjoy the adventures - or misadventures - of Greg Heffley and his friend Rowley as they deal with school and family life. The story along with the cartoon illustrations draws kids in and engages them to become independent readers.” - Tommy Brown, librarian at East Side Elementary
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Took by Mary Downing Hahn
Took by Mary Downing Hahn
Took is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Lindsay Prater, a Librarian at Soddy Elementary. Another thrilling ghost story from Mary Downing Hahn, author of ‘One for Sorrow,’ that is sure to keep you turning pages. The tale begins with a Connecticut family of four moving to a tiny rural town in West Virginia. The move wouldn't be so bad, except it is clear from the beginning that the parents didn't make the decision to move into the dilapidated farmhouse themselves. They were 'urged' to by Auntie, a truly creepy character who the locals call a 'conjure' woman.
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High School Level Reading
Interest Level  8th - 12th

Jam Sessions by Jerry Hardwood
Jam Sessions by Jerry Hardwood
09/30/2020
"It leads readers to question their own behavior in similar situations and to look behind the masks people wear in public while offering hope of help from parents and adults."
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
04/29/2020
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts. Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?
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This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
04/22/2020
"This book grabs your attention from word one. Every page takes you deeper into a story that seems unbelievable, is suspenseful, and keeps you thinking until the last page.” Courtney Brown, librarian, Red Bank High School
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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
04/15/2020
“The storyline is awesome...intense! Students immediately want to check out the next one in the series.” Melanie Collins, librarian, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
03/04/2020
"I really felt the emotions of the character as she struggled to deal with poverty, drugs, racism, and family issues. I also enjoy the theme of staying true to yourself that it promotes.” Charles Rayburn, librarian, East Ridge High
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Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
02/27/2020
“Students are moved by this heartbreaking yet uplifting story about family, love, loss, and hope.” Jeanne Mochel, a Librarian at Soddy Daisy High School
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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
02/26/2020
“This book grabs your attention from word one. Every page takes you deeper into a story that seems unbelievable, is suspenseful, and keeps you thinking until the last page.” Courtney Brown, Red Bank High School
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
11/18/2019
“This is a really motivational book about African Americans overcoming oppression and is a great learning tool for both history and literature! This read is sure to transport you!” Alex Gifford, 11th grader at Hixson High School
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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evermore by Alyson Noel
10/30/2019
“Alyson Noel is a fantastic author who knows how to write a very intriguing story. Wanting to put the pieces of the puzzle together is what kept me reading.”
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One of Us Is Lying
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
10/02/2019
“Students find this story addictive since it is a murder mystery that weaves together high school drama, secrets, lies, and suspicion.” Jeanne Mochel, Librarian, Soddy Daisy High School
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Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons - Recommended for High School
05/20/2019
“Ellen Foster demonstrates that you are never alone and things can always be worse. She found hope through her painting and the homemade dinners at her church. She endured abuse from her parents, but she persevered despite hopelessness and character flaws that only made her human—after all she had to raise herself. Ellen Foster will put you in her shoes and allow you to walk through her story.” - Iciss Wilkerson, a student at Hixson High School.
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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer - Recommended for High Schoolers
05/13/2019
“More Than We Can Tell is an emotional page-turner that focuses on family, friendships, and overcoming traumatic situations. Students love the realistic way the author brings the story to life, and they deeply connect with the characters to empathize with their struggles.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School.
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Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
04/23/2019
“The students like this book because it is realistic fiction, the writer uses very vivid details and descriptions; it involves romance and has an unexpected ending. They also like to compare the book to the movie.” Ann Rox, librarian at Brown Middle School.
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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
04/08/2019
“The students love this clever and funny novel that celebrates being comfortable in your own skin. The book shows the importance of finding yourself, learning what makes you happy, and having supportive friends around you.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy Daisy High School
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Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross by Marie Lu
03/04/2019
“The students love to read this book because the story is colorful and high-tech, yet it’s also completely plausible and realistic. They love the blend of heart-stopping action and the way the author uses what-if factors about technology and the future to portray human nature and moral dilemmas.” - Jeanne Mochel, librarian at Soddy-Daisy High School
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Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith
Lockdown by Andrew Gordon Smith - Recommended for High Schoolers
02/11/2019
“This is an exciting book for young male readers. The protagonist is ‘misplaced’ and has to face many conflicts in a dangerous situation. The plot twists and horror situations appeal to those reluctant readers. It's also a series, so they keep coming back for more!” Jana Clemmons, librarian at Loftis Middle School
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Recommended for High School
01/21/2019
"The students love to read this book because it deals with today's issues in an easily understood format. They also like to compare the book to the movie - the book always wins!” - Courtney Brown, librarian at Red Bank High School
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Splintered by A.G. Howard
Splintered Series by A.G. Howard
01/07/2019
“Splintered takes you on a journey like never before, intertwining the real and the unreal in such a way that you feel like you are in the story.” Mari Salter, librarian at Lookout Valley Middle High
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