Midseason Bonus: Book Recommendations


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Recommended Board Books

  1. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  2. Sandra Boyton books– whichever float your boat on this one
  3. Julie Flett (Cree-Metis) board books such as Little You, We All Count, We Sang You Home
  4. Celebrate My Hopi Corn by Anita Poleahla (Salina Bookshelf board books)
  5. Fruits in Suits and Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
  6. Stanley Board Books by William Bee- these are great concept books for parents who like aesthetics
  7. Wordless stories such as Good Dog, Carl

Recommended Picture Books

  1. The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin (really anything by Grace Lin)
  2. Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott
  3. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  4. The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  5. Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina
  6. Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  7. The Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  8. The Frances books by the Russel and Lilian Hoban
  9. Chirri & Chirra books by Kaya Doi
  10. Sunday Shopping by Sally Derby Miller, illustrated by Shadra Strickland
  11. Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
  12. Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

Recommended Easy Readers

  1. The Silly Tilly books by Lilian Hoban
  2. Get the Giggles: A First Joke Book
  3. Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
  4. You Should Meet series (for older readers)
  5. Holiday House I Like to Read series (I don’t know why this is the Kindle editions, but you can use it to find the paperbacks; see here for the reading levels of each title- remember A, B, and C are the absolute easiest)
  6. Katie Fry, Private Eye by Katherine Cox
  7. Ling and Ting by Grace Lin
  8. Benny and Penny books by Geoffrey Hayes
  9. King and Kayla series by Dori Hillestad Butler

Recommended Chapter Books

  1. Lola Levine series by Monica Brown
  2. Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro
  3. Ruby Lu series by Lenore Look
  4. Museum Mysteries series by Sheila Connolly
  5. The Infamous Ratsos series by Kara LaReau
  6. City Kids series by Zetta Elliott
  7. Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake (excellent themes of friendship)
  8. The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron (there are more of these books than listed in the series, be sure to look at your library for all of them)
  9. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
  10. The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis

Recommended Middle Grade

  1. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia (I clearly didn’t remember this book as well as I thought. My description is generally correct, but the details I shared aren’t totally accurate.)
  2. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  3. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  4. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath
  5. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
  6. Lumberjanes by ND Stevenson (although you might find them under Noelle Stevenson)
  7. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
  8. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
  9. The Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  10. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag


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