Fall Book Picks at SCAN 

September 7, 2016

It’s back to school season for many in our community — what better time to pick up a new book and encourage your own reading habit? We’re sharing a few of our staff favorites this fall, and we hope you’ll share the books on your list this season, too!


  • A few years ago, SCAN’s CASA volunteers read Three Little Words, the New York Times bestselling memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. This fall they’re reading Three More Words, filled with new stories of Rhodes-Courter’s life as an adult after foster care, including marriage, building a family of her own and her uplifting voice as she continues to make peace with her past.
  • Kwame Alexandria is a poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author. His acclaimed book for young readers, The Crossover, is a powerful combination of poetry, the thrill of sports and the challenge of family life that will captivate kids and adults alike. It received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children as well as the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. A must-read!
  • We’ve mentioned Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt before as part of our “Books that Build Resiliency for Young Adults” series. Schmidt’s use of unusual characters, celebration of creativity and focus on survival and resiliency makes this a great pick for young adults (and the adults who love them!) especially as youth adjust to new schedules, new communities and new challenges this school year.
  • Our national partner Darkness to Light recommends the books Girlology and Guyology as helpful tools when working with children to teach them about their bodies. They especially like the books’ “unique approach: a forum for exploring questions and issues about sexual development and maturity in a fun, engaging and cringe-free way.”

What about YOU? What’s on your reading list for this fall?