Reading Room: Reading Picks

Reading Room: Reading Picks

- in Education, June 2016

Cozy up in your favorite place and explore the wonders of books with your child. From infants to teenagers, here are a few suggestions to purchase or pick up at your local library.

Mighty Dads
By Joan Holub, Illustrated by James Dean
The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers on his son. It’s a touching view of a father’s love for his children.

The Fashion Book
By Alexandra Black
Does your child love to style their own fashions? They can take a look back at how fashion and designers around the world have changed trends, plus learn how to create new looks from timeless classics. Recommendation by Great Books for Kids,

Danger is Everywhere
by David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge
This book will have your child laughing all the way from the bookstore or library. It is about how to avoid “danger” in wild and crazy situations. From toilet sharks to polar bears, this will amaze any kid. There also is a second book called “Danger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog.”

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type”
by Doreen Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin
Written in both narrative and letter form, the Caldecott Honor-winning book illustrates what happens when a farmer depends on demanding animals who possess an unlikely tool to get what they want: a typewriter. Farmer Brow’s incredulity is comical, as are the animals’ requests. Mom’s review by Michelle Lazette

Diana’s White House Garden
by Elisa Carbone and illustrator Jen Hill
A presidential book to share with your children that is fun and educational. The story tells how Diana Hopkins becomes part of the war effort by beginning a Victory Garden — a vegetable garden to increase food production during a war — under the encouragement of President Franklin Roosevelt on the White House lawn.

SAVE THE DATE: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I & II
By J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter fans can rejoice as the eighth book in the famous series, which is an official script book from the original play, will be released on July 31. Harry, who is an employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of three, goes on a journey of self-discovery along with his youngest son Albus, who struggles with his father’s legacy. The book is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and a new play by Jack Thorne.


About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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