I was thrilled to be invited to appear on a local show, SA Live, to give children’s book recommendations for various ages! You can watch the recording by clicking the image below (my segment begins at 17:30), or you can read more about the books I chose below.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Repetition is important for babies and toddlers, but it can get old really quickly for mom. This book has just the right amount of repeated lines without being boring to read. I love how it has illustrations of babies from around the world.
Mr. and Mrs. Green books by Keith Baker
There are a number of books in this series. These make great transitional books. They are fun to read to your preschoolers as picture books, but they are also easy readers for your kinder to 2nd graders, depending on their level. I’ve seen them both with the picture books and with the leveled readers at the library. Mr. Green loves math, so there is usually something interesting about math woven into the stories, as well as art or inventing. These are sure to catch your child’s interest as well as your own.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
I had to recommend at least one classic! Everyone knows Charlotte’s Web and Stewart Little, but this is E.B. White’s lesser known book, and my personal favorite. This was the first book I remember reading around third grade that made me fall in love with reading. And that’s what we are all looking for our kids. That one book that will spark a lifetime love of reading.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
I read this book for the first time last month and loved it. It is reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz, but it takes place in China. The main character, Minli, goes on a quest to change her family’s fortune. Everywhere she goes, she meets people who help her and hears stories, and little by little, those stories all fit together like an intricate tapestry. This book will appeal to fifth through eighth-graders. I love for kids this age to get glimpses of other cultures, and this book does a great job of that as well as telling an interesting and heartwarming story.
My middle daughter also came on the show with me and brought a book to recommend. Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu is a sweet, humorous picture book. It tells three stories about the bunnies and the various domestic mishaps they have with their neighbors such as getting accidentally vacuumed up when Mrs. Goat is out vacuuming her lawn. Bear always helps set things right. This book will bring out the giggles in your kids.
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