First of all, I want to send my thoughts and prayers to all of those effected by Hurricane Harvey. I can only imagine how awful it is for everyone. Happily, our country has rallied together and an amazing amount of money has been raised to help those in need. One fund raiser you might not have heard about is KidLitCares: Our Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort. An author I greatly admire, Kate Messner and many other kid’s lit authors and illustrators have begun a relief effort to raise funds for The Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Global Giving Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. I hope you’ll check it out! Now, on to Kids’ Books to Remember!
Well, can you believe it’s September? As I write this, the evenings are getting cooler and the days are shorter. I even have some leaves on my magnolia tree turning a very pretty yellow. How can that be?
I hope school is off to a good start for all of you. Here are some kids’ books to remember to look for at the library. I wish you all cozy evenings as you curl up under a blanket for a family read aloud!
kids’ books to remember: read alouds
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gann
This is part of the imaginative series from the 50s.
Catwings Return by Ursula K. Le Guin
This is part of the magical series about four cats who use their wings to escape the city.
Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith
Another book from the author of Babe.
From the publisher’s summary: “Lollipop is no ordinary pig. According to her young trainer, Johnny Skinner, she’s the smartest pig in the entire kingdom. When people stare into Lollipop’s bright, intelligent eyes, it somehow changes them for the better.”
kids’ books to remember: picture books
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
A fun story about learning to like yourself just as you are.
Komodo! by Peter Sis
“Mad about dragons, the boy who narrates this picture book is pleased when his doting parents decide to take him to Indonesia, home of the Komodo dragon….[The boy] takes the road less traveled through the jungle, where he encounters the dragon of his dreams….Full of intriguing detail….picture book, original in concept and beautiful in design.”–Booklist.
Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon
Follow Fegus through his perfect doggy day, except for when it’s time for his bath!
kids’ books to remember: middle grade chapter books
Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
This historical fiction book is about a very strong girl who is tricked into a criminal scheme after her parents die in Africa in the Influenza epedemic of 1919.
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
A Newberry Award winning classic. Amazon’s summary: “Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run–and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.”
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
This Newberry Honor book is another historical fiction book based upon the author’s experiences of fleeing Vietnam after the fall of Saigon, and moving to Alabama.
LINKS FOR MOM AND DAD
We all hope our kids will grow up to be readers. This New York Times article will give you lots of ideas.
If you’re looking for some titles to capture the attention of even your most active child, these might do the trick.
I always wanted to make sure my kids’ rooms would entice them to curl up and read. If you feel the same way, you’ll find lots of great ideas here!
Finally, I want to thank you for inviting me into your Inbox. I realize how busy everyone is, and I really appreciate you taking the time to read about some kids’ books! Have a great week!