Book Recommendations



AGES 4-8

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (winner of the 2019 Caldecott Medal)

Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Lulu Is a Rhinoceros by Jason Flom

Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

The Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds

Drawn Together by Minh Le

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen


AGES 8-12

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (winner of the 2018 Newbury Medal)

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Bob by Wendy Mass

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Clearly

Guinness World Records 2019

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Prince Martin Wins His Sword by Martin Hale



AGES 10-14

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (2019 Newbury Honor Book)

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (2019 Newbury Honor Book)

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riodan

New Kid by Jerry Craft

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin

The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



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Book Recommendations




Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? by Jason Alexander

The Dog Who Cried Wolf  by Keiko Kasza

The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Lizette’s Green Sock by Catharina Valckx

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett



The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters by Judy Sierra

Mallory vs. Max by Laurie Friedman

Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut by Denys Cazet

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

Police Dogs by Frances E. Ruffin and Wilma Melville

Walter the Giant Storyteller’s Giant Book of Giant Stories by Walter M. Mayes

Walter, the Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba



Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J.V. Hart

Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child

Dale Earnhardt, Jr: Born to Race by Ken Garfield

Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure by Georgia Byng

The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow by Kaye Umansky

Spy Force Mission: In Search of the Time and Space Machine by Deborah Abela

Three of Diamonds: Three Diamond Brothers Mysteries by Anthony Horowitz


Book Recommendations



Title: Little Brown Bear Won’t Go to School

Author: Jane Dyer

Range: Ages 3 – 7

Synopsis: What’s the point of attending school? Little Brown Bear decides to forego an education and go to work like his Mama and Papa, but none of his jobs pan out. No one at the diner can read the orders he takes, his construction work doesn’t hold together, he gets tangled in a scarf he tries to knit, and the buzz cut he gives a lion makes the beast roar his displeasure! Now he knows why he needs to go to school – he’s got a lot to learn! Dyer’s sunny water colours are filled with lush detail and subtle humour. Kids will love exploring every illustration.


Title: Niagara Falls, or Does it?

Author: Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

Range: Ages 8 -12

Synopsis: Hank Zipzer’s journals, “The Mostly True Confessions of the World’s Best Underachiever,” chronicle how a smart, well-intentioned, wise-cracking fourth grader survives his worst enemy – himself. Everything is a challenge for Hank, from punctuality to punctuation. In this first book of the series, Hank missteps on the very first day of school. The first-person perspective brings Hank sharply into focus. He’s a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of kid. The text reflects his cheeky approach to life and the dialogue rings true. Hank’s not perfect, not by a long shot, but his honesty and self-deprecating attitude will garner him hero status and lots of fans that identify with him.


Title: The Cheat

Author: Amy Goldman Koss

Range: Ages 10 – 14

Synopsis: A cheating scandal embroils an eighth-grade class after the class geek tries to impress the beauty queen by giving her the answers to a geography exam before the test. When the popular clique shares the inside information, the test results play havoc with the lives of everyone involved. Dramatically revealed in alternating first-person accounts, this inside look at middle-grade mores packs a powerful punch because the six students divulge all the conscience-wracking details. Told with irreverence and humour, it is an adolescent exposé that explores the values of trust and honour and the repercussions of deceit. Integrity may be deemed a cliché by some teens, but it is obvious from the fallout of this experience that cheating is not worth the self-destruction it inevitably causes.

Source: Reading Today’s “Children’s Book Review” by Lynne T. Burke


Book Recommendations



Title: Wemberly Worried

Author: Kevin Henkes

Range: Ages 5 – 8

Synopsis: In this delightful picture book, Wemberly joins other memorable mouse characters who deal successfully with realistic problems. As school begins, Wemberly, whose many worries range from playground safety to wondering if she’ll shrink in the bath, begins to worry about school. Happily, her concerns are put aside on the first day as she meets another child much like herself.

Note for Parents: Parents will find this book useful to show that we all have worries when facing new situations.



Title: Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster

Author: Debra Frasier

Range: Ages 8 -11

Synopsis: Sage, a fifth grader home with the flu, gets her vocabulary homework over the phone and misinterprets one of the words. She thinks it is Miss Alaineus. She invents a definition and draws a picture to go with it. She’s mortified when she realizes her mistake in class but overcomes her embarrassment in the annual vocabulary parade. The eye-catching illustrations were created from supplies the author found in her daughter’s school desk.

Note for Parents: The book contains clever ideas for teaching vocabulary and models good use of alliteration and word play. The humour makes it a great read-aloud for 8 to 11 year-olds.



Title: Kid’s Almanac of Geography

Author: Alice Siegel and Margo Mcloone

Range: Ages 11 – 14

Synopsis: This innovative geographical resource is filled with full-colour photos, maps, charts and graphs. The table of contents is easy to follow, and the facts are presented in a manner that encourages browsing just for fun. Chapters include information on unique animals, money, food, biomes, religions, languages and celebrations around the world.

Note for Parents: This book gives instant access for geographic questions. The special fact boxes and map-based entries reinforce geography concepts and map-reading skills.