Northeast Ohio Parent Reading Room for 2021: Book Picks for Kids

Northeast Ohio Parent Reading Room for 2021: Book Picks for Kids

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Looking for some great reads for your kids? Check out the list below for books recommended by local libraries, Northeast Ohio Parent editors and more. Be sure to check back as we add more books each month.

April

Little Dandelion Seeds the World
by Julia Richardson and illustrated by Kristen Howdeshell and Kevin Howdeshell
Did you know dandelions thrive on all seven continents? In this lyrical book, learn how the crafty plant travels on the wind and hitches rides in order to spread far and wide. 

 

 

Where’d My Giggle Go?
by Max Lucado and illustrated by Sarah Jennings
It follows a boy who looks all over— from the circus to the bakery to his own pocket— for his giggle.
The picture book helps kids process their emotions in a fun, healthy way so they can transform from grumpy to laugh-out-loud happy.

 

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play
by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Lyrical poems capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. 

 

 

 

March

I Love My Bunny (Love Meez #3)
by Caroline Jayne Church
With touch-and-feels on every page, follow along as Caroline Jayne Church’s adorable Love Meez preschooler Sarah shows readers what makes her bunny so special.

 

 

Curls
by Ruth Forman and illustrated by Geneva Bowers 
This simple, playful and beautiful board book stars four friends who celebrate the joy of their hairstyles from bouncing curls to swinging braids.

 

 

My New Baby/Mi Nuevo Bebé Books
by Rachel Fuller (illustrator) and translator Teresa Mlawer 
This series of four board books deals with the anticipation of waiting for the new baby, the excitement of the arrival itself, and the beginnings of the special relationship that develops between siblings. It comes in both English and Spanish versions.

 

February 

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?
By Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
Parents and children can never have enough ways to say “I love you” — and these dinosaurs are giving families a funny book, perfect for bedtime, storytime, anytime.

 

 

The ABCs of Black History
By Rio Cortezand illustrated by Lauren Semmer
Letter by letter, the book celebrates a story of Black culture and history that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.

 

 

What Is the Civil Rights Movement?
By Sherri L. Smith, Who HQ and illustrated by Tim Foley
The book brings to life momentous events through the words and stories of people who were on the frontlines of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

 

 

Mixed Me!
By Taye Diggsand illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Mike has awesome hair and is the perfect blend of his parents. He has to answer questions about being mixed. And he does, with joy, in this story about the life of a mixed-race child.

 

 

I Am a Kindness Hero
By Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Carme Lemniscates
Follow the adventures of a young boy as he practices kindness throughout his day, from rescuing a puppy to standing up to bullies to helping his young sister tie her shoe.

 

 

January

Libby Loves Science: Mix and Measure
By Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes; illustrated by Joelle Murray
In this STEM-themed story, Libby hosts a puppy party for her friends and their dogs. With the help of her friend Rosa and little brother, Libby decorates, stuffs goody bags and bakes delicious cupcakes. But when they realize they’ve forgotten an important ingredient, they use science to solve the problem — just in the nick of time.

 

Focused
By Alyson Gerber
Clea can’t control her thoughts. She knows she has to do her homework, but she gets distracted. It’s starting to be a problem-not just in school, but when Clea’s playing chess or just hanging out with her best friend. She finds out that she has ADHD, which means her attention is all over the place instead of where it needs to be. She’s not sure how to fix the problem, but that’s what she’s going to have to do find a way to focus.

 

Telling Time 
By David A. Adler and illustrated by Edward Miller 
Readers follow along as a loveable crew of kid astronauts and their Martian friends go about their daily routines, exploring the differences between seconds, minutes and hours; what a.m. and p.m. mean; and how to tell time on both digital and analog clocks. Ten seconds to lift off! Are you ready?

 

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1 Comment

  1. If you like FOCUSED, your group might like TROUBLE WITH A TINY T, a middle grade about a boy with ADHD who accidentally brings a tiny T. rex to life in his room.

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