Books to Read

  • Youngest children (up through preschool)
      Grandpa reading.
    • I Love My Mommy Because
      — Laurel Porter Gaylord and Ashley Wolff
    • Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate
      — Bob Graham
    • Where Is the Green Sheep?
      — Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
      This easy-to-read rhyming book helps parents bring children into the world of reading.
    • Trunks All Aboard : An Elephant ABC
      — Barbara Nichol and W. Cornelius Van Horne
      A series of drawings, created for the illustrator's grandson in 1909, are framed in whimsical and fanciful verse.
  • Early Readers (Preschool through second grade)
    • Pinky Dinky Doo: Polka Dot Pox
      — Jim Jinkins
      Pinky Dinky Doo is part of an entire series of "Step into Reading" books that have been featured on Sesame Workshop and Nick Jr.
    • Mother, May I
      — Lynn Wourde and Amy Wummer
      With its companion book, "Dad, Aren't You Glad?", this follows the escapades of young kids trying to fill their parents' shoes.
    • It's Summer
      — Linda Glaser
      This quartet of seasonal books explores the change of seasons and provides fun activities.
    • Dinosailors
      — Deb Lund and Howard Fine
      Follow a motley crew of dinosaurs on their watery adventure.
    • Reading with dad.
    • Dear Tooth Fairy
      — {*** There are at least three book by this title ***}
    • The Bee-Man of Orn
      — Frank Stockton and Maurice Sendak
      A classic tale of searching for your origins.
    • How I Became a Pirate
      — Melinda Long and David Shannon
      Pirate Captain Braid Beard recognize young Jeremy Jacob as an excellent digger and recruits him to help bury treasure.
    • Crepes by Suzette
      — Monica Wellington
      Although the story lacks depth, the pictures of this delightful book are intriguing and full of detail.
    • Emma's Story
      — Deborah Hodge and Song Nan Zhang
      When Emma wishes she looked like her adoptive family, her wise grandma recounts the story of Emma's adoption and the love and happiness she brought. "It's not how we look that makes us a family, Emma. It's how we love each other."
    • Ahoyty-Toyty
      — Helen Stephens
      Victor is a good puppy while Butch loves being naughty. Their owners, Miss Loopy and Miss Froopy Frou-Frou, set sail on a cruise.
  • Elementary School (Grades two through six)
    • Awakening the Dragon : The Dragon Boat Festival
      — Arlene Chan and Song Nan Zhang
      After explaining the origins of this traditional Chinese festival, the reader is invited to see how this fast-growing sport is practiced today.
    • Crazy Hair Day
      — Barney Saltzberg
      Stanley prepares to celebrate crazy hair day at school, but learns that today is school picture day. Read how he gets out of this mess.
    • Who Needs Donuts?
      — Mark Alan Stamaty
      Young Sam rides his tricycle in search of "More donuts than his mother or father could ever buy him." Along the way, he finds a kooky, off-the-wall adventure.
    • Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut
      — Margaret Atwood and Aryann Kovalsi
      A deliciously silly alliterative romp from this iconic Canadian author.
  • Pre-teens (Nine- through twelve-year olds)
    • Jelly Belly
      — Robert Kimmel Smith
      How can eleven-year old Ned resist his grandmother's yummy treats without hurting her?
    • Maggie's Door
      — Patricia Reilly Giff
      This sequel to Nory Ryan's Song follows siblings Nory and Sean during their journey to America in the 1800s. The engaging story and detailed descriptions pull young readers into this tale.
    • WJHC: On the Air
      — Jane Smith Fisher and Kirsten Petersen
      A cast of deliberately diverse teens operate a radio station and "chaperone" an ill-fated sixth-grade field trip, among other hilarious escapades.
    • The Painted Wall and Other Strange Tales
      — Michael Bedard
      Selections from the Liao-chai, a collection of traditional Chinese folk tales, these exciting tales of the supernatural are bound to enthrall the reader.
  • Young Adult Big kids like books, too.
    • Milkweed
      — Jerry Spinelli
      This book paints a vivid picture of the Warsaw ghetto under Nazi occupation during World War II.
  • These books are just plain fun to read for all ages (parents, too)
    • Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale
    • Any book from the collection "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
    • Any book from the "Captain Underpants" series