Recommendations for Adults:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Sept 2011)
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, a circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (May 2006)
Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.
Amigurumi Circus: Crochet Seriously Cute Circus Characters! by Joke Vermeiren (Sept 2016)
A collection of fourteen cute circus designs to crochet.
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman (Jul 2017)
After being sold to a circus sideshow in 1931, Lilly Blackwood carves out a life for herself as best she can - until tragedy and cruelty collide - and, two decades later, it is up to Julia Blackwood to discover the truth about his older sister that she never knew she had.
Everything You Came to See by Elizabeth Schulte Martin (Jan 2018)
Talented circus performer Henry Bell's blind ambition and determination to create bigger, better performances, which destroys the relationships around him, could save or destroy the circus itself unless he can reckon with the family and past he's left behind.
Recommendations for Teens:
The Circus by Olivia Levez (Jun 2017)
Willow has everything: a rich daddy, a pony and a place at a prestigious boarding school. Everything except the one thing she really wants - a father who cares enough to find her when she runs away from home.
Freeks by Amanda Hocking (Jan 2017)
Mara longs for a normal life while her friends perform supernatural feats in Gideon Davorin's Traveling Sideshow, but a sinister threat reveals an ability she never knew she had.
Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby (Apr 2018)
On her first day of high school after the circus settles in a small town, Gemma meets Henry and everything changes as they begin to unravel secrets that will bind them forever.
By a Charm & A Curse by Jaime Questell (Feb 2018)
Emmaline King is ensnared by Le Grand's Carnival Fantastic, a traveling circus bound by a centuries-old curse that dooms its members to participate in an endless, ageless series of performances.
Recommendations for Children:
Circus by Lois Ehlert (May 1992)
Leaping lizards, marching snakes, a bear on the high wire, and others perform in a somewhat unusual circus.
Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes (May 2007)
A young girl watches as the activities across the street from her bus stop become a circus.
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (Jun 2015)
When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus - and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.
DIY Circus Lab for Kids by Jackie Leigh Davis (Feb 2018)
A how to guide on creating your own circus equipment and teaches circus skills like juggling, acrobatics, balance and clowning.
If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss (Oct 1956)
A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! by Elise Parsley (May 2017)
Magnolia returns to explain the many downsides to bringing a circus to a local library.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Jan 2012)
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.