Early Reader Recommendations (5-8)
Congratulations, you've got the reading habit! Books in this category have more text, fewer pictures, and are usually broken up into "chapters." Here are some we recommend for our young independent readers.
Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim is one of the most amazing pieces of art in book form that I have ever encountered! Based on Korean folk tales, this is the delightfully absurd story of two children who climb through a cabinet in search of their missing grandmother(Halmoni) and find themselves in a magical world filled with mischievous but helpful goblins and animals. My favorite part is the battle royale against a tiger and a fox settled by an epic round of Rock, Paper, Scissors! -Tony
This book has a delightful story, which is appropriate, as it is a book itself OF delightful stories about inspiring women doing courageous things. Almost entirely crowdfunded, this book became the most-funded original book due to its delightful illustrations and worthy tales of the brave women who have come before. Read a page a night as a bedtime story to little girls (and boys!) to help them dream big.
Age: 6+ (to listen to)
Age: 9+ (to read by themselves) - Broche
What a felicitous combination of talents produced this early chapter book about a perky princess and an unusual pet. Devoted royal parents want their daughter to be clean, wise, and strong in order to become a good queen. So, they set about managing her every moment to this end with a schedule of bathing, studying, and exercise. Princess Cora soon yearns for some diversion and asks her fairy godmother to intervene with a pet. Imagine her dismay when a crocodile is delivered! This is not, however, your average reptile, and surprising solutions lay ahead. Highly entertaining and engaging, this clever, charming story is enhanced with watercolor illustrations that portray the personalities of each character, adding details that delight. - Carol
A Double Pick:
A mutually beneficial friendship between a dog and a cat encourage them to explore the comforts of home and the excitement of Parisien streets!
Diva lives in a grande building in Paris, watching and guarding and yelping about... FEET! (She had a “very big job for a very small dog.”)
Flea lives on the streets of Paris, “wander[ing] the streets and bridges and alleys of the city,” running way from...BROOMS! (Brooms tend to chase away Flea from food.)
When these unlikely friends meet, they help each other discover new worlds: Diva becomes a great flâneur like Flea, even seeing “the great tower that can cut a cloud in half;” while Flea discovers the wonders of having a home address where the broom is harmless. - Broche
A tiny Parisian dog and a big, stray cat become unlikely friends. Flea teaches Diva about the joys of being adventurous; Diva introduces Flea to the sweet comforts of home. A charming story of friendship. - Abbe
Bad Kitty's adventures are always a hoot. Along with a wild ride of a story that includes Puppy and Uncle Murray, Nick conveys some very accurate animal care tips that young pet owners should know. If you've never read a Bad Kitty chapter book, you can dive into this one without reading any others. - Rosemary
Here is charming and very satisfying book for young readers ages 8-10. Burdock the barn cat hears some awful news and convinces the other farm animals that they all must escape as soon as possible. Each animal is an endearing character that plays in important and unexpected role in saving the day.
Perfect summer book for kids who would enjoy a happy animal story. - Carol
An impala, an octopus, and a mosquito make a quirky but exuberant band of friends with a dream – pooling their talents to win a car detailing contest and open their own garage. With Spanish mixed in (and translated), their journey into space makes their car truly cosmic. Pick up a bit of knowledge on cars and astronomy at the same time. Ages 7+. - Rosemary
This book begs to be picked up and shared with a child. You'll be hooked before you get to the title page because the endpapers are so much fun. Each page continues to be full of charming, expressive pen and ink illustrations that enliven the data presented, often with hilarious results. Information on shape, color, migration, habitat, and more is introduced. Ages 6 and up. - Carol
Three cheers, Bink and Gollie are back! The creative trio, consisting of writers DiCamillo and McGhee and animator Tony Fucile, return after winning the 2011 Geisel for their first collaboration. Three new episodes offer more delectable vocabulary supported by humorous illustrations. State Fair lovers will delight in the chosen setting for the chapters depicting a wonderful friendship. - Linda
This story Bible for young children shows God reaching out to his creation in the forty four selected Old Testament and New Testament narratives. Each Biblical story Lloyd-Jones presents points to Jesus and his redemptive power. The author's unique approach helps children and adults understand how God's love, through his son Jesus Christ, rescues his people. For ages 4 - 8 - Linda
Lulu wants a Brontosaurus. It doesn't matter that dinosaurs don’t exist anymore, that scientists say the Brontosaurus never existed, or that her parents, for once, said no. A Brontosaurus is the perfect pet for her birthday. But Lulu finds a Brontosaurs, the Brontosaurus thinks Lulu would make a great pet for him. How’s Lulu going to get out of that one? With three endings to choose from, you get to decide! - Broche
“We have spoons. Spoons are excellent. Sort of like forks, only not as stabby.” -pg. 6
Funny and charmingly-written by a funny and charming, well-known author, in this story, a father runs out to get milk and arrives home with a story about his jaunt down the road that captivates his young son and daughter. (Dinosaurs, pirates, aliens, and ponies are all involved.) - Broche
Tony DiTerlizzi, of Spiderwick Chronicles fame, pays homage to his favorite children’s classic, A Wind in the Willows, with this gentle story about a rabbit who befriends a dragon, despite the town's fear of the dragon (dragons eat rabbits, right?). A book about friendship, Kenny must use all of his wits to keep his best friends – who both have Kenny’s best interests at heart – from a duel against each other. - Broche
Patricia Polacco should be classified a national treasure. In The Junkyard Wonders, as with her classic Thank You, Mr. Falker, she pens a glowing tribute to a teacher who changed her life, and bares her childhood of dealing with a learning disability. In Junkyard, she remembers the days when her classmates and she were considered the “throwaway kids”, and how they proved everyone so very, very wrong. A little longer than her other picture books, this is her most moving and personal book yet. For ages 6 and up. - Rosemary
Clever, twisty poems and facts abound in this tribute to some of the hardiest of nature's denizens. My favorite is "Squirrels". Try reading "Tail Tale" with a straight face – this little mammal has attitude! You'll also learn what “ubiquitous” means, if you don't already! For ages 6 and up. - Rosemary
Take a look inside and see that two time Caldecott Honor medalist Raschka has created a splendid book about the Apostle Paul. A converted Jewish scholar, devoted to Jesus, Paul worked tirelessly to spread Christianity. Raschka devotes a lavish double page spread to each epistle credited to this man who influenced our world history. --Mz Linda