The Charles County Public Library Adopt-a-Book program is a new way for the Charles County community to engage with the library’s collections. By adopting a book, you contribute to the library’s collection, allowing us to make meaningful and important works available on our shelves.
When you adopt a book, you receive a bookplate in the adopted book and a recognition on our website, memorializing your contribution. When the book has reached the end of its life cycle in the library, adopters will also be given a chance to buy the book before it is sold during a Library sponsored book sale.
If you would like to adopt a book in honor of or in memory of someone, please indicate this during your adoption. All Adopt-a-Book donations are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from Charles County Public Library.
October Adopt-a-Book Titles
VOX Books! Part picture book, part audio-book, all great fun. VOX books combine beautiful picture books with fun and dynamic audio recordings that help engage children with reading. Enjoy and please help support our new collection of Vox Books, coming soon to the Charles County Public Library.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by: Judi Barrett
The classic children’s story about a town which gets its food in an unconventional manner.
Goodnight Moon by: Margaret Wise Brown
The classic and beloved bedtime story featuring a bunny saying goodnight.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by: Peter Brown
Mr. Tiger is fed up with wearing suits and acting proper.
Hug Machine by: Scott Campbell
A young child shares the gift of hugging with everyone.
Jabari Jumps by: Gaia Cornwall
Jabari learns how to overcome fear as he attempts to jump off the diving board for the first time.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by: Doreen Cronin
Awarded a 2001 Caldecott Honor, farm animals utilize a typewriter to demand better living conditions from their farmer.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by: Drew Daywalt
One simple game. Three mighty warriors. The battle which became the legend.
Read the Book, Lemmings! by: Ame Dyckman
A trio of lemmings is taught to read by a helpful fox.
Cinnamon by: Neil Gaiman
An unusual story of a man-eating tiger getting a blind and mute girl to talk.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by: Michael Hall
A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red teaches the importance of never judging a book by its cover and accepting others for their differences.
In the Middle of Fall by: Kevin Henkes
This book depicts the beauty of the fall season and encourages children to see the beauty of the world around them.
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by: Eric Litwin
The creator of Pete the Cat shares the joys of dancing and polka dots.
Hey Black Child by: Useni Eugene Perkins
This illustrated adaptation of the poem by the same name portrays the great potential of an empowered child.
Claymates by: Dev Petty
Two balls of clay try out some different shapes and become friends in the process.
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by: Dan Santat
Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal, Beekle is an imaginary friend in search of a child.
September Adopt-a-Book Titles
Sequels, Spin-Offs, and Second Books. In the spirit of celebrating the second year of Adopt-a-Book, this list includes some of our favorite books around the theme of “seconds.” Here’s to many happy returns!
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by: Douglas Adams
The humorous Sci-Fi adventure which began with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy continues in this equally ridiculous sequel.
Leah on the Offbeat by: Becky Albertalli
The spin-off sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda follows Simon’s best friend Leah during their senior year of high school. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was released as a 2018 major motion picture titled Love, Simon.
Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this second and most beloved novel by Jane Austen, must be in want of a donor to adopt it.
Us Against You by: Fredrik Backman
Return to Beartown, a hockey loving town shaken by scandal, in this bestselling follow up book.
Fahrenheit 451 by: Ray Bradbury
Bradbury’s second and best known novel depicts a dystopian future for America and stands as a powerful reminder of the dangers of censorship and the destruction of knowledge.
Through the Looking-Glass by: Lewis Carroll
In the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice makes her way into the Looking-Glass World where she will meet Humpty-Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Red Queen among other classically strange characters.
Catching Fire by: Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games, but the danger isn’t over yet. The second book in The Hunger Games series leaves readers breathless for book three.
Oliver Twist by: Charles Dickens
The second book authored by Charles Dickens depicts the trials and tribulations of the eponymous Oliver Twist. This novel was a powerful commentary on the conditions of Victorian-era England and has been adapted to numerous movies and theatre.
Grendel by: John Gardner
In this retelling of Beowulf, Gardner gives readers a chance to see things from the perspective of the antagonist.
The Favorite Sister by: Jessica Knoll
In Jessica Knoll’s second published novel, a reality TV show ends in the murder of one of its stars.
China Rich Girlfriend by: Kevin Kwan
The lifestyles of the rich and famous continue in the follow up to Crazy Rich Asians, now a major motion picture in theaters.
A Wind in the Door by: Madeleine L’Engle
L’Engle’s follow-up to the beloved A Wrinkle in Time continues the story of Meg Murry, her family, and friends.
Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief by: Maurice Leblanc
The French response to Britain’s Sherlock Holmes; this turn of the century Robin Hood executes heists with charm, wits, and panache. Pursuing his own sense of justice, he’ll steal from the rich and outwit even the cleverest of inspectors.
The Great Bridge by: David McCullough
McCullough’s second book covers the remarkable, and fraught, construction of one of New York City’s most recognizable icons.
P.S. Be Eleven by: Rita Williams-Garcia
In this Coretta Scott King Award winning novel, the Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn after their One Crazy Summer.
Little Fires Everywhere by: Celeste Ng
A sophomore hit from the author of Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere was named a best book of 2017 and will soon be adapted into a Hulu series.
Binti: Home by: Nnedi Okorafor
Sequel to the Hugo and Nebula award winning Binti. Binti returns to Earth, and her family, after her first year attending the prestigious intergalactic Oomza University.
Wide Sargasso Sea by: Jean Rhys
Spin-off to Jane Eyre, Rhys focuses on Mr. Rochester’s first wife, following her story from childhood until her imprisonment in her husband’s attic.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by: J.K. Rowling
Harry, Hermione, and Ron return for their second year at Hogwarts in this beautifully illustrated edition of the Chamber of Secrets.
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by: Dr. Seuss
Now celebrating its 60th anniversary, trouble returns along with the Cat in the Hat in this follow-up to The Cat in the Hat.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by: Tom Stoppard
In this spinoff adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the minor characters of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are front and center to discuss their views on the action of Hamlet and to contemplate their own mortality.
The Two Towers by: J.R.R. Tolkien
In the second book of Tolkien’s enduring fantasy trilogy, the remaining members of the Fellowship continue their quest to defeat Sauron and save Middle Earth.
Mary Poppins Comes Back by: P.L. Travers
The magical adventures of the Banks children continue after the events of the first book (and Disney movie adaptation) as Mary Poppins returns at the end of a kite string.
Infinite Jest by: David Foster Wallace
Known for its unconventional narrative structure and experimental use of endnotes, David Foster Wallace’s second novel is his magnum opus.
Previously Featured Titles
The Handmaid’s Tale by: Margaret Atwood
Winner of the first Arthur C. Clarke Award. Atwood’s scathing work set in a world where women are possessions of men explores the subjugation of women and the ways they find individuality and freedom.
Adventures of Captain Underpants by: Dav Pilkey
First book in the Captain Underpants Series. Two pranksters turn their school principal into the greatest superhero ever created in this bestselling story.
Walking Dead Book One by: Robert Kirkman
The graphic novel that reinvigorated the zombie genre follows several survivors in a zombie apocalypse as they come to grips with the loss of society and hang on to shreds of their humanity.
A Game of Thrones by: George R.R. Martin
First book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. The novel that inspired the HBO series, set against a backdrop of impending winter and warfare as supernatural forces threaten the land of Westeros.
Big Nate in a Class by Himself by: Lincoln Peirce
First Big Nate book. Sixth grader Nate Wright receives a fortune cookie with good news and tries his hardest to make it come true, despite all the obstacles in his way.
Where the Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak
#1 on the first School Library Journal Top Picture Books list. A classic children’s book about a boy who goes to a far away land and engages in the wild rumpus with monsters.