By the Hollywood Teen Book Council
It has been a little over a year since we had to say goodbye to Leslie Knope and friends. This is the show that brought us Galentine’s Day, “Treat yo self,” and so many heartfelt and funny moments. Luckily, the library has all seven seasons available for checkout.
Even if there was no love loss between the Parks Department and the Library, (Leslie Knope did say once, “The library is the worst group of people ever assembled in history. They’re mean, conniving, rude and extremely well read, which makes them very dangerous.”); these are characters that continue to stay with us. Just as we are gearing up for more time in the great outdoors, recreating in our parks, we thought we’d take a moment and pick books for our favorite characters.
My Beloved World By Sonia Sotomayor
Leslie Knope is not someone to let anything get in the way of her dreams, and she is inspired by a league of powerful women. Since she is on her path to Washington, she would be interested in the paths of other women that have landed key roles in the running of different branches of government.
Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr
With a strong love of breakfast food, especially waffles, this is a book for Ms. Knope. Where she is all about strong friendships and adventures outdoors, she will delight in the kinship and antics of Trille and Lena.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Ron Swanson is an advocate for self-reliance, and he has his own fantasies of living off the grid. He will enjoy Brian’s story of surviving in the wilderness after a plane crash with only a hatchet to sustain himself.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
As far as working for the City of Pawnee, April’s interest and personality seems to be a better fit for the morgue than the parks’ department. We think she would be fascinated by both Stiff and Putting Makeup on Dead People.
A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
We know that Andy has a soft spot for animals. He will enjoy this tender-hearted tale told through the eyes of a dog.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
We really think that this is Andy Dwyer’s actual secret identity.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Even though this is written by the actor that plays Tom Haverford, we know that Tom would appreciate the meticulous research that went into this to show how modern technology is affecting the way that we date.
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
Donna has all the men falling for her, just like Paige in this book. Eventually both with have to choose if they want to be with just one.
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Ann is the ultimate best friend. We think that she would enjoy the strong female friendships and the supernatural adventures that take place in the great outdoors.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Bless the ultimate nerd that is Ben Wyatt. If only this book had some more Game of Thrones references. Still, we know that Ben will love this homage to some of the best things to come out of the 1980’s.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Super fit Chris Traeger will love this contemplation about a shared passion from one of today’s greatest writers. .
Jerry Gergich (...or Garry, Larry or Terry)
What's in a Name?: Everything You Wanted to Know by Leonard R. N. Ashley
Really what is in a name? Come on, Jerry!