Book-Jumping Reading Recommendations

By: Shanleigh Klassen

Who hasn’t dreamed about jumping into the world of their favorite story?

Well, what if your favorite story jumped right off the page and into our world? That’s precisely the case for July’s JUMP OF THE PAGE featured book, a contemporary coming-of-age friendship story with a speculative fantasy twist where our main character can write their dreams into reality.

**Curious to know what book we’re featuring next month? Check out our spoiler page HERE, but beware! SPOILER ALERT!**

To gear up for this exciting new story, we’re taking a look at more book-jumping tales that takes our imaginations to new heights. Read on for six book recommendations where the stories literally leap off (or into!) the page.

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom
by Sangu Mandanna
Book cover for Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna. A young Indian child with their long brown hair in a pony tail wears a read flowing cape and a purple jumpsuit as they leap into the air towards the demonic, horned figure in the foreground. Behind these two, a colourful building with rounded roofs is in the background with the going from blue around the edges to a bright yellow centered around the leaping child.

Kiki has always been a self-described worrier, but lately, her anxieties have been getting out of control. The one thing that has always soothed her is drawing; Kiki's sketchbook is full of doodles of the rich Indian myths and legends her mother has told her. But her sketchbook's calming effect is broken when her characters begin springing to life right out of their pages. When Kiki ends up falling into the mystical world she drew, she discovers that she’s responsible for all the hardships that exist in this world. Kiki must overcome her fears to save both her worlds from an evil that threatens total destruction. Be sure you pick up this OwlCrate Jr fave, as well as the sequel Kiki Kallira Conquers a Curse, out now!


The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Book cover for The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell. Image shows a group of children in cardboard costumes (dragon, knight, witch, etc) in a cardboard turret. Background is a light blue.

In this neighborhood, cardboard boxes aren’t just boxes — they’re costumes and castles, swords and shields, robots and monsters. They’re the building blocks for this group of inventive kids to transform their block into the Cardboard Kingdom! This colorful and imaginative graphic novel is an anthology of interconnected stories that are easy to get lost in. On the surface, you may think the narratives they’re playing out are just fun and games, but there’s an undercurrent of depth and reality that grounds each one. Created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors, this is a celebration of imagination at its finest!


Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry
Book cover of Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdom by Jamar J. Perry. Image shows a young Black boy staring at a floating, glowing book. Behind the boy is an portal that looks onto a castle with dragons flying around it.

Cameron grew up reading The Book of Chidani, cherishing stories about the fabled kingdom that cut itself off from the world to save the Igbo people from danger. His grandmother has kept the Book locked away for years, but it calls to him. When he and his best friends decide to open it, they are magically transported to Chidani but instead of a land of beauty and wonder, they find a kingdom in despair. Chidani has been waiting for someone to save them, and Cameron must discover if he is ready to be the hero this kingdom needs. Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, exciting new fantasy series celebrates the triumphs and challenges of a boy finding his true path to greatness.


Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend by Katie Zhao
Book cover for Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend By Katie Zhao. A young Chinese American child with long black hair in pigtails stands before a large, bright yellow mooncake. Beside them is another Chinese American child with short brown hair, wearing a green sweater and hold a green lizard/dragon-type creature in their arms. The long-haired child holds a bag of mooncakes in one hand and wields a mooncake over their head with the other hand, with several smaller mooncakes spiraling out around the two. To the left of the centered child, a white rabbit bounds onto one of the floating mooncakes.

Winnie has two goals: survive her first year of middle school and outdo her stuck-up archnemesis. It won’t be easy but luckily, Winnie studied middle school survival tactics in comic books and anime, and nothing will stop her from being the very best student. However, none of her research has prepared her to face the mother of all hurdles: evil spirits. When Winnie accidentally awakens the stuff of legends from her grandmother’s old cookbook, demons start spilling otherworldly chaos into her sleepy town. Armed with a magic cookbook and a talking white rabbit, Winnie must embrace her new powers and the legacy of her ancestors.


Zia Erases the World by Bree Barton
Book cover for Zia Erases the World By Bree Barton. A white child with light brown hair and glasses holds an open dictionary in their hands. From the dictionary is a wave of light that starts off as light yellow and gradients out into a soft reddish-peach.

Zia remembers the exact night the Shadoom arrived. One moment she was laughing with her best friends, and the next, a dark room of shadows had crept into her chest. Zia has always loved words, but she can't find a real one for the fear growing inside her and she fears the Shadoom is here to stay. That is until Zia discovers an old family heirloom: the C. Scuro Dictionary, 13th Edition. Hidden within its magical pages is a mysterious blue eraser that allows Zia to erase words that remind her of the Shadoom, disappearing one by one from the world around her. But things quickly dissolve into chaos as the words she erases turn out to be more vital than Zia knew. Raw, funny, and at times heartbreaking, Zia will learn how with the right kind of help, our darkest moments can nudge us toward the light.


Story Thieves by James Riley
Story Thieves by James Riley. Image shows a girl in modern clothes holding onto the wrist of a boy in a cape, leaping into the glowing pages of an open book. Background is deep green, showing a castle and two dragons.

Owen is bored living his normal, ho-hum life where his only adventure comes from the pages of his favorite book series. That is until he witnesses his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. Owen and Bethany make a deal: Bethany will take Owen into his favorite series and in exchange, Owen won’t reveal Bethany’s secret. Only becoming the hero of this story is a lot more dangerous than Owen first believed, and he may now be forced to live through the final adventure himself. This is the book for those of us who wished we could just jump into a book and join our favorite heroes on their adventures. The first in a clever, action-packed series that examines the harsh reality of what being a hero really means.

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