Feel-Good Family Reads

These feel-good novels, appealing to a broad audience, are available for free check-out with your Wilmette Public Library card through our digital services Hoopla and/or Digital Library of Illinois (accessible on mobile devices with Libby, by OverDrive).

 

The Best Man

The Best Man

By Richard Peck

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget. A humorous, heartwarming celebration of family and being our best selves.


Bob

Bob

By Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

Five years ago, Livy promised Bob—a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, hiding in her grandmother’s house—that she’d help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to unravel the mystery of where Bob came from. This magical story explores the enduring power of friendship.


Chickadee

Chickadee

By Louise Erdrich

Hoopla E-Book

Chickadee and his twin brother have done everything together since they were born—until Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne’er do wells from his own tribe! He must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home. Readers interested in Great Lakes history will appreciate this story from a Native perspective.


The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish

By Jennifer L. Holm

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

Ellie’s gruff scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging and has turned into a teenager! Life gets complicated when he moves in with Ellie and her mother. This intergenerational story is by turns hilarious and sweet.


Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

By Erin Entrada Kelly

Hoopla E-Book
Hoopla E-Audiobook
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. This poignant and funny story celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner hero.


A Dash of Trouble

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

By Anna Meriano

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

Wanting to be part of her family’s Día de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover they’ve been keeping a secret: they’re brujas who pour a little bit of sweet magic into everything that they bake! Hijinks ensue in this cozy fantasy when Leo decides to try a few special recipes of her own.


One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

When Delphine and her sisters visit their estranged mother in California in the summer of 1968, they expect to go to Disneyland. Instead, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Over the summer, Delphine and her sisters learn about their family, their country, and themselves in this moving, funny novel.


The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

By Jeanne Birdsall

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four starkly different yet loveable sisters share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. This gentle family story has an old-fashioned feel and has several sequels.


Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

By Carlos Hernandez

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

In order to heal after his mother’s death, Sal learned how to meditate. But no one expected him to be able to take it further and “relax” things into existence, reaching into time and space to retrieve things from other universes! This powerful story of family and friendship is funny and, extraordinary events aside, fully relatable.


Saving Winslow

Saving Winslow

By Sharon Creech

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook 

When his father brings home a sickly newborn donkey, Louis is determined to save him, despite everyone’s doubts. As Louie’s bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined. This tale of love, friendship, and letting go will tug at the heartstrings.


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

By Karina Yan Glaser

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. When their curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. A heartwarming, big-family book with a classic feel.


When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Sea Turned to Silver

By Grace Lin

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

When the Tiger Emperor kidnaps the village storyteller, her granddaughter Pinmei must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night and rescue her grandmother. This fast-paced adventure, beautifully illustrated by the author, is inspired by Chinese folklore.


The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot

By Peter Brown

Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

Stranded on a remote island, Roz the robot's only hope for survival is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the island finally starts to feel like home, until Roz's mysterious past comes back to haunt her. A tender story of found family.

 

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