Elementary Kids Bookshelf

Elementary Kids Bookshelf

When it comes to learning, there are multiple studies regarding hands-on experiences. In the elementary  years, early readers might need some help, but it’s a good idea for families to have a healthy space at-home to discover and explore books and activities. We provide some ideas on how to fill your child’s library. 

Third Grade Angels

By Jerry Spinelli

George, aka “Suds,” has just entered third grade, and he’s heard the rhyme about “first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats,” but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded “the halo” – which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he’s finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. 

Astronomy Activity Book for Kids: 100+ Fun Ways to Learn About Space and Stargazing 

By Aurora Lipper and illustrated by, Victoria Stebleva  

Former NASA scientist Aurora Lipper leads an exciting journey through space, beginning with a tour of the planets and moons in our solar system. Next, kids visit the constellations and then zoom through the far reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. Along the way, they’ll find amazing facts about the starry skies and get to color and draw, connect dots, find hidden objects, and have fun with word puzzles while improving math and reading skills.


Making a Difference (nonfiction children’s book series Young Change Makers)

By Stacy C. Bauer and illustrated by Emanuela Ntamack

 It is filled with stories of kids who are making the world a better place by following their hearts and chasing their dreams. Whether planting a billion trees, bringing joy to others through music, fundraising for sick children or starting an inclusive dance team, these determined youth are using their talents to do amazing things.


Positive Behavior Activities for Kids: 50 Fun and Engaging Exercises to Help Kids Make Good Choices at Home, at School, and Beyond

By Stacy Spensley 

When children struggle with behavior, it’s because they lack the tools to understand their strong feelings and react constructively. A positive approach to behavior books for kids, this activity book helps children build a stronger emotional vocabulary, improve their self-regulation, and develop empathy for others. They’ll build up their cooperation skills through drawing and writing prompts, physical exercises, arts and crafts projects, and other creative exercises. 


By R.J. Palacio 

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Beginning from Auggie’s point of view and expanding to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others, the perspectives converge to form a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. 


The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson’s and illustrated by Rafael López

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.


Kindergarten Activity Book: Zoo Animals: 75 Games to Practice Early Reading, Writing, and Math Skills 

By Lauren Thompson 

Get off on an exciting trip to the zoo that teaches reading, writing, and math! This kindergarten activity book is bursting with dot-to-dots, picture hunts, color-by-numbers, and more that little learners can take anywhere for hours of animal fun.


One Word from Sophia

By  Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail  

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation. She has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad…and Grand-mama. Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise?


The Missing Magic: A Branches Book (Unicorn Diaries #7) 

By Rebecca Elliott 

This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow.

About the author

Angela Gartner has been the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine since 2014. She has won local and national awards for her features, columns and photography over the years. Previously, her work appeared in publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers and The Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy every weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She is also a board member and past president at the Cleveland Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She loves reading, writing poetry and taking the family's Scottish Terrier on walks.

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