Go Green!

This month we asked our librarians for their favorite books that have a green cover, or the word green in the title.  Here are the results!

Greenglass House by Kate Milford, of course! (And also Ghosts of Greenglass House, and The Left-Handed Fate, and Bluecrowne.) Does seafoam green count? If so, then The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (OK, that last one is probably more turquoise than seafoam…)

At first I thought this was going to be super hard, but I have the perfect choice. I have no idea if this book has any traction out side of the small subset of vaguely Jewish/vaguely hippie-ish people who live in the JP area and either are, have been, or have a white 6th grader in Boston Public schools, but I’m going to put it here anyway:

Green, Sam Graham-Felsen: A white sixth grader in Boston tries to grapple with race, Judaism, community, and navigating school. Funny, sad, and oh so true!

Saga of the Swamp Thing – Alan Moore
Dissolving Classroom – Junji Ito
The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist – Emile Habibi
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Allison Bechdel
The World of Edena – Moebius
Agony – Mark Beyer
The Dispossessed – Ursula LeGuin
The Light Fantastic – Terry Prachett

A childhood & all-time favorite: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 🙂

Also, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Eye-catching cover and happens to contain one of my favorite quotes: “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Favorite books with green in the title:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (obviously!)
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

Favorite books with green covers:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
How To Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

I’m so glad you asked this question! My favorite picture book from 2017 was Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel. It’s about a little kid who feels like he can do anything when he’s wearing his green pants. I also like Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.

Also, How Green Was My Valley (a movie from 1941.) I never read the book. But the movie is breathtakingly beautiful and sad.

The Wilds Vol 1 by  Vita Ayala, illus. Emily Pearson
Bandette, Volume 3: The House of the Green Mask by Paul Tobin, illus. Colleen Coover (Volumes 1 & 2 are great too, just not green!)
The Devourers by Indra Das
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales edited by Kelly Link
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang (The first two books in the series are fantastic as well, but they’re red & blue.)
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven  by Marjorie M. Liu, illus Sana Takeda (The other volumes are just as good, but significantly less green.)
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, is an exploration of a family’s complicated history with slavery set in the 1960s and the 1860s. This book is a great example of what I love about children’s literature: it addresses and confronts difficult topics in an engaging way that is approachable to readers of all ages.

Do you have any favorite green books?  Let us know in the comments below!

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