What is the hero’s journey? It’s a story about an imperfect hero who goes on an adventure where he or she learns lessons through mistakes and triumphs, wins some sort of victory, and returns home a different person. Joseph Campbell famously wrote more about this concept in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. […]Continue Reading
The Best Children's Books for All Ages
Find good children's books that kids will love to read!
Discover the best of newly published children's books --picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and young adult books as well as curated lists by topics and age.
If you're a parent, teacher, librarian, or grandparent, these children's book recommendations will help you save time and help you easily find the best books for your kids.
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Just like you, I want your kids and students to fall in love with books, improve their reading skills, and develop a life long love of reading.
Ready for a batch of new book to add to your library holds list? I have 8 new books for you to consider. New Chapter Books, June 2020 Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk HISTORICAL FICTION / GREAT DEPRESSION When Ellie’s family loses everything in the Great Depression, they move to a Maine mountain. She […]Continue Reading
Get your kids reading more with graphic novels. Here’s what’s new — and good. (I’ve starred books that will be on my “best of 2020” with a purple star.) Impressive New Graphic Novels When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy ages 8 – 12 REFUGEE […]Continue Reading
If your reader likes survival chapter books that are fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat adventures, I’ve got 27 great recommendations. Because a parent recently told me that her tween daughter only likes survival stories, I wanted to share with you the best of the best. (Incidentally, I think her daughter is not alone; lots of tween kids ages […]Continue Reading
Children’s books, picture and chapter books, with Muslim characters show representation, open kids’ eyes to new cultures, and build empathy. We still need more books with Muslim characters. Hopefully. publishers will realize that readers like us want to see more diversity and continue to offer more books with diverse characters. The books on […]Continue Reading
What are the best diverse easy readers for emergent and early readers? You may have noticed that most easy readers contain animal main characters. While diversity has gotten a little better in some categories such as realistic beginning chapter books and realistic middle grade books, we still aren’t seeing much representation in early readers. (Or […]Continue Reading
If you’re looking for anti-racist books for kids ages 8 – 12, read these middle grade choices to build empathy and teach kids about prejudice, social justice, and discrimination. How can talk about race with our children? How can we educate children so they’re anti-racist and advocates for social justice? One way to do this […]Continue Reading
(Originally published 11/2018, updated 6/2020.) My heart is heavy with the recent surge of institutionalized bullying from leaders, wide-spread, systemic racism from police against black Americans, and prejudice against people who are not in the dominant culture including BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Teachers and parents have asked me to share picture books you […]Continue Reading