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.