Summer Reading Special Feature










Owing to the American Libraries/NEH/ARPA grant we received to help support our summer programs, we've been able to purchase a lot of additional materials.

We've added books tied to the Humanities and/or the Summer Theme of Oceans of Possibilities to our collection. We have subjects and reading levels that we hope will interest all ages. You aren't required to read these titles to participate, but we hope they'll spark your interest. Quite a few of the titles deal with the oceans of possibilities that exist right here in New Mexico (and not just because we were once an inland sea!).

We have books on oceans, but we also have them on road trips (because travel is part of the oceans of possibility), on NM because we’re here (and we were once an inland sea) and birds and films and ghosts because that all ties to our summer programs in other ways. So, tons of…. possibilities

IF you do participate in the program, we also have MANY books to give away! All the titles we have as give-aways are in the catalog, but you can also win your very own copy by participating in the program.

A full list of the titles appears below and will be updated as more are added to our collection.

*Items mean we have at least one copy to give away as a prize. Maybe more.

Adult Fiction

*The Ghost Pirates, by William Hope Hodgson

*Flowers for the Sea, by Zin E Rocklyn

*Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

*Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel

*Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, edited by Sheree Ren Thomas

Adult Non-Fiction

China by Peggy Kames

*Monsters of the Deep by Nicholas Redfern

Home/land: a memoir of departure and return  by Rebecca Mead

*Chasing Ghosts: A Tour of our Fascination with Spirits and the Supernatural by Marc Hartzman

Haunted New Mexico: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Land of Enchantment by Christine Rogel

Haunted Hotels and Ghostly Getaways of New Mexico by Donna Blake Birchell

Requiem for America's Best Idea: National Parks in the Era of Climate Change, by Michael J Yochim

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs, by Juli Berwald,

National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey, by Sylvia A Earle

Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish, by David Liittschwager

Sea Turtles to Sidewinders: A Guide to The Most Fascinating Reptiles & Amphibians of the West, by Charles Hood

An Eye for Birds, by Bruce Kendrick

Birds of New Mexico: Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela

Holding Back the River: The Struggle Against Nature on America's Waterways, by Tyler J Kelley

*Around the World in 80 Books, by David Damrosch

*The Best American Travel Writing 2021

Adriatic: A Concert of Civilizations at the End of the Modern Age, by Robert D. Kaplan

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: In Search of the World's Most Hideous Beasts, by Dom Joly

Lonely Planet's Armchair Explorer

100 Countries, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to see, What to Do

Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Atlas of the Invisible: Maps & Graphics That Will Change How You See the World, by James Cheshire

North American Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the Continent, Matthew Bucklan

Amsterdam, Brussels, and Bruges, by Karen Turner

The Netherlands — 2022

Great American Road Trips: Hidden Gems

A Guide to New Mexico Film Locations: From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad and Beyond, by Jason Strykowski

Fodor's Essential Southwest — 2022

First Impressions: A Reader's Journey to Iconic Places of the American Southwest, by David J Weber

*Persians: The Age of the Great Kings, by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Stunning Iceland, by Bertrand Jouanne

New Mexico Ghost Towns, by Donna Blake Birchell

Tucumcari Tonite!: A Story of Railroads, Route 66, and The Waning of a Western Town, by David Hodges Stratton

The Far Land: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, and Mutiny in the South Pacific, by Brandon Presser

Youth Non-fiction

Frightful Ghost Ships, by James Roland

Haunted at Sea, by Jaime Winters

Earth, Sea & Stars: Inspiring Tales of the Natural World, by Isabel Otter

Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean, by Maris Wicks

Oceanarium, by Loveday Trinick

One Well: The Story of Water on Earth, by Rochelle Strauss

Dart and Dive Across the Reef: Life in the world's Busiest Reefs, by Vassiliki Tzomaka

Can You Protect the Coral Reefs?: An Interactive Eco Adventure, by Michael Burgan

Tales of Ancient Worlds: Adventures in Archaeology, by Stefan Milosavljevich

Young Adult

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea, by Axie Oh

Easy Reader

I Am the Shark, by Joan Holub

Over and Under the Canyon, by Kate Messner

Oceans, by Andrea Mills

The Global Ocean, by Rochelle Strauss

Show Us Where You Live, Humpback, by Beryl Young

Early Reader

I wish I was a Sea Turtle, by Jennifer Bové

Coral Reefs in Danger, by Samantha Brooke

Captain Cat and the Pirate Lunch, by Emma J Virján

Chapter Books

Magic Tree House - A Merlin Mission: Shadow of the Shark, by Mary Pope Osborne

Dolphins and Sharks: A Nonfiction Companion to Dolphins at Daybreak, by Mary Pope Osborne

Graphic Novels

The Aquanaut, by Dan Santat


Hawai'i Sea Turtle Rescue, by James O Fraioli,

Crocs, by Randy Wayne White

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan


The Vista Grande Public Library is dedicated to providing quality programs to the children and families of our community. We offer a variety of programs for children and families.

Find more information about all our kid programs and many for adults in the most recent Bookworms, our newsletter for children and families.

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