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, barnesandnoble.com

 

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, we247.org

 

 

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, workman.com
— Denise Koeth

 

 

Shhh!
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, we247.org

 

 

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, we247.org

 

 

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, we247.org

 

 

Camp
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, we247.org

 

 

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, we247.org

 

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