Northeast Ohio Parent Reading Room for 2019: Book Picks for Kids

Northeast Ohio Parent Reading Room for 2019: 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. 


Click here to view last year’s list.




Editor’s Review:
Nibbles the Book Monster
By Emma Yarlett
Last month, we asked readers about their favorite children’s book to read to their kids. Many said “Nibbles the Book Monster.” Curious, I got the book for my boys. The character, Nibbles, devours different parts of the book while introducing kids (or reminding them) about other classic tales. Kids will enjoy this interactive and fun hardcover book, which provides a unique way to fuel the passion for reading.
— Angela Gartner


Rosie Revere, Engineer
By Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Rosie Revere dreams of becoming a great engineer. She creates inventions from odds and ends, but she hides them away until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose, who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear — it’s something to celebrate. Look for other books with her friends in this STEM series.



Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
By Vashti Harrison
This book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of 40 trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history, such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou and more.
— Barnes and Noble,


Middle School: Born to Rock
By James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Neil Swaab
Will Rafe’s sister Georgia win the Battle of the Bands? Find out in this newest Middle School installment
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



I Love You, Little Pookie
By Sandra Boynton
This book is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration — for Valentine’s Day and every day — enlivened with Boynton’s drawings. It offers a declaration of unwavering love from mom to her wonderful child.



Peel + Discover Series
By Megan Hewe Butler, illustrated by Chad Thomas
These aren’t your average sticker books. With hundreds of stickers (conveniently placed throughout the book), educational activities and puzzles, and interesting facts hidden beneath the stickers themselves, the Peel + Discover series will keep kids busy for hours. Topics such as dinosaurs, Washington, D.C., horses, and more come to life through the activities, stickers and children’s imaginations. Recommended for ages 6+. Workman Publishing,
— Denise Koeth



By Barroux
This bedtime book is whimsical and calming. The story describes all the bedtime activities of various animals as the moon slowly lulls them to sleep and reminds them to be peaceful. Shhh!
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



The Good Egg
By Jory John
The author of “The Bad Seed” introduces us to an egg that is so good, he is about to crack under the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. The story focuses on the importance of self-care, balance and acceptance.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



The 104-Story Treehouse: Dental Dramas & Jokes Galore!
By Andy Griffiths
In the hilarious eighth book in this illustrated chapter book series perfect for fans of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Captain Underpants,” Andy and Terry decide that their 91-story treehouse needs a few more floors.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



By Kayla Miller
Fans of Raina Telgemeier will love this new graphic novel that follows Olive as she navigates new experiences and gets out of her comfort zone. Also, check out Olive’s other adventure, “Click.”
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
By John Boyne
If you have a middle schooler, they likely already have or will do the “Book Tower Challenge” project, which has them reading 10-20 books throughout the school year. My son chose this book for his historical fiction requirement. It’s about a boy named Bruno whose soldier father lived near Auschwitz concentration camp. The 8-year-old wasn’t aware of the happenings at the camp. He met a boy who was wearing “striped pajamas” on the other side of the fence and they became friends. The story, which eventually became a 2008 movie, has an impactful meaning that will stick with your mature reader. My 12-year-old son, who was engrossed in the book for several days before finally finishing, said it was a “sad and action-packed book.” As a parent, I would recommend you see the movie or read the book with your child — and be ready for a discussion about the subject matter.
— Angela Gartner



Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal
By Jeff Kinney
Highly anticipated by all “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fans. What begins as Rowley’s diary — illustrated in Kinney’s familiar stick-figure style — quickly morphs into a biography of Greg. What follows is a retelling of some indignities that Rowley has suffered at Greg’s hands: Greg’s manipulation of Rowley extends to every facet of their friendship.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



That’s What Dinosaurs Do
By Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald
William the dinosaur never lets the chance to roar pass him by, even if others find it rather bothersome. That’s until he gets a sore throat and the doctor warns him not to roar for a WHOLE week. But can this overexcited, boisterous, giant lizard not do what dinosaurs are meant to do?




Hair Love
By Matthew Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own…It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hairstyle in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.



My Life as a Meme
By Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Derek Fallon and his friends are back for another hilarious adventure in Book 8 of the My Life series — this time featuring epic “meme” adventures.



The Books have Landed…

In July, the U.S. celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing. Here are some recommended reads for your aspiring space adventurer.


The Apollo Missions for Kids: The People and Engineering Behind the Race to the Moon (with 21 Activities)
By Jerome Pohlen
This story is told from the perspective of those who lived it — the astronauts and their families, the controllers and engineers, technicians and politicians who made the impossible possible.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing
By Chris Gall
A young boy anticipates the launch of Apollo 11 with some astronaut preparations of his own. He explains the design of the spacecraft, the flight from the Earth to the moon, and the drama of touching down.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



I Was a Teenage Space Reporter: From Apollo 11 to Our Future in Space
By David Chudwin
As a 19-year-old college journalist, Chudwin covered the launch from Florida in July 1969. The book’s author, representing the college press, had access to the astronauts, rocket scientists, launch pads, rockets and control centers.




Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dog Man #7)
By Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants)
The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain.



Horse and Buggy Paint it Out
By Ethan Long
This very silly, very simple book is about making a plan, following through, and the help from a good friend.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



You Get What You Get
By Julie Gassman
Melvin throws fit after fit when he doesn’t get what he wants. He must learn how to deal with disappointment. After all, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.



Click, Clack, Surprise!
By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Join everyone’s favorite farm characters as they plan a birthday party for Little Duck! The repetition and familiar concepts make this a perfect book for beginning readers.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



By Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this year is different — Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch: their last shift together and their last good-bye.
— Recommended by Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library,



*Parent’s Book Nook
Timeless Advice for Parents of Young Children: How to Understand Your Child’s Behavior and Respond Effectively in Almost Any Situation
Children don’t come with an instruction manual, but this parenting book is about as close as you can get. Written by a group of wise early-childhood development experts, it’s an easy-to-read behavioral guide to what’s going on in your young child’s mind in almost any situation — from public tantrums to noticing people with disabilities to preparing for the first day of preschool. Whether you read it cover to cover or reach for it when the going gets tough, it will help bring out that loving, nurturing, patient and resourceful parent that lives in all of us. The authors are early childhood experts with long-standing connections with Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development. They are Maria Kaiser, M. Ed; Kathy Smith Baker, M. Ed.; Georgianna (Gann) Roberts, M. Ed.; Ginny Steininger, M. Ed; and Coordinator Barbara Streeter, M.S. (Bank Street), LPCC. Collectively, they have decades of experience and have helped several thousand children lead happier lives.
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