Inly Summer Reading

Get your summer reading at Buttonwood Books and Toys! Inly has a wonderfully thorough summer reading list that you can access in person at Buttonwood and online. Each school group has at least one required book that are included on this page. Additional books may be required for certain levels - please check the guide!

Children's House is required to read VERY GOOD HATS by Emma Straub

Lower Elementary is required to read MAMA SHAMSI AT THE BAZAAR by Mojdeh Hassani.

Upper Elementary is required to read FIBBED by Elizabeth Agyemang. Rising 6th graders are also required to read THE LIBERATION OF GABRIEL KING by K. L. Going.

Middle School is required to read A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING by Dan Santat.

Very Good Hats By Emma Straub, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emma Straub, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593529430
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 10th, 2023

This is the required book for Children's House.

Some people think hats are fancy things you can buy at a dressy store, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. In this book, acorns and raspberries are snug hats for your fingers, and an empty pudding cup is a good hat for a stuffed bear. Pajama pants make dangly hats, books can be dramatic hats, and bubbles make very fine hats as well (if temporary). Readers will be delighted to discover that anything can be a hat if you believe it is. Hats are everywhere you look!


Mama Shamsi at the Bazaar By Mojdeh Hassani, Samira Iravani, Maya Fidawi (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593110614
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - February 28th, 2023

This is the required book for Lower Elementary.

It's market day for Samira and her grandma! The bazaar is crowded, but this sweet pair knows how to stick together in this silly picture book set in Iran.


Fibbed By Elizabeth Agyemang Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593204900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Razorbill - June 7th, 2022

This is the required book for Upper Elementary.

For kids with big imaginations, a magical debut middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who doesn't lie but no one believes, and who winds up tangled in the web of trickster spider of Ghanaian lore, Ananse.


The Liberation of Gabriel King By K. L. Going Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142407660
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Please call the store at (781) 383-2665 to confirm availability.
Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 2007

This is an additional required book for rising 6th graders.

Set in 1976 Georgia, this is the poignant story of Gabriel, a white boy who is afraid of everything; his best friend Frita, the only black girl in school; and the summer they learn to face down their fears.


A First Time for Everything By Dan Santat Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250851048
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Please call the store at (781) 383-2665 to confirm availability.
Published: First Second - February 28th, 2023

This is the required book for Middle School.

A middle-grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle-school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.