A List of Great Children’s Books

“Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems – A father and his toddler daughter head to the laundromat where the girl plays, but unfortunately leaves her stuffed bunny mixed in with the laundry.  The art is drawing over photographs and has many wonderful details. Ages 3-6.
“Scaredy Squirrel” by Melanie Watt – Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of everything, but he’s prepared for all possible events!  His preparations prove less than adequate when his emergency kit falls out of his tree, but in trying to retrieve it Scaredy learns that maybe the world isn’t as dangerous a place as he thought! Ages 4-8.
“Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways” by Laura McGee Kvasnosky – Two little girls decide to run away for a little while and pack their bags.  They head to the backyard for an afternoon of fun and adventures! Ages 6-9.
“Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover” by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson – What could be more fun than a boy-and-dog sleepover?  There’s games, food, fun and maybe even some sleeping! Ages 5-7.
“Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee – Clementine is in third grade and is having a very bad week.  She’s got a great voice, a fun personality and a laugh-out-loud funny story that make this both a great early chapter book and a great read-aloud for the whole family! Ages 6-10.
“The Dragon in the Sock Drawer” by Kate Klimo, illustrated by John Scroades – When two kids find a baby dragon in a sock drawer they have to figure out what to do with it – fast!  They are thrust into the role of Dragon Keepers and have to figure out what to feed a dragon, how to care for it and how to protect it from enemies. Ages 8-12.
“Well Witched” by Frances Hardinge – Three kids borrow money out of a wishing well to take the bus home one day and find themselves stuck granting the wishes made when the coins were dropped in the well.  They receive powers to aid them, but they have to figure out if granting wishes is really a good idea when it means that everyone is really going to end up getting what they wished for! Ages 8-12.
“Amelia Rules!: The Whole World’s Crazy” by Jimmy Gownley – Amelia and her mom have just moved into a new neighborhood and she is getting to know a new school and a host of new friends, as well as getting used to living in her ex-rock-star aunt’s house.  This is the first book in a smart, fun series with wonderfully genuine characters dealing realistically with real kid issues. Ages 12+.
“Runaways: Pride and Joy” by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Adrian Alphona – Every teenager suspects that their parents might be evil at some point, but this group finds out that theirs really are.  After discovering this, the group runs away and decides to use their new found powers to try and make the world a better place, maybe counteracting some of their parents’ evil acts. Ages 12+.
“An Abundance of Katherines” by John Greene - Colin is a recovering prodigy who does not have good luck with relationships.  He only dates girls named Katherine and after Katherine number 19 dumps him, he sets out on a road trip with his best friend to try and work out the theorem that he thinks will predict the future of any given relationship and win himself the right girl. Ages 12+. 

 

 

 

 

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