• Claymates

    by Dev Petty Year Published: 2017

    Super fun book to read and inspire further creativity.

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  • After the Fall

    After the Fall

    by Dan Santat Year Published: 2017

    What happened to Humpty Dumpty after he was put back together and how he conquered his fears.  The pcitures are stunning, but the message of the book will stay with you for a long time.  If you really want to connect with the book, search for the interview with Dan Santat about where the book idea came from.  Great for readers of all ages who have tough stuff to work through.

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  •  Wishtree

    Wishtree

    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2017

    I loved this book.  She hooked at the opening by telling it from the perspective of a large oak tree near an elementary school, but of course the story is so much more than that.  It is a lovely reminder that kindness matters.  Wouldn't be surprised to see a shiny medal on this one February.

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  •  Animals by the Numbers

    Animals By the Numbers

    by Steve Jenkins Year Published: 2016

    And again, Steve Jenkins hits it out of the park.  This is a book kids can (and do) spend a great deal of time exploring.  Also great for building info-graphic literacy.

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  • Life on Mars

    Life on Mars

    by Jon Agee Year Published: 2016

    This book is super fun to read with kids.  They will really want to talk to the main character and it's fun to ponder what goes through his head on the last page.  

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  • The Scrub (Book 1 in The Ringbook Trilogy)

    by James Norton Year Published: 2016

    Runaway orphan chimney sweeps, Paris during the building of the Eiffel Tower, an ardent (obsessive) book collector with diminishing wealth turned book thief, multiple mysteries to solve in this page turner.  Great middle grade and up historical fiction. I have a family connection to the author, so I got an early copy to read last summer.  The final version is even better!!  Definitely a book your avid reader will not already have read. Also an excellent read aloud suggestion as it's written well enough for many ages to enjoy.

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  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

    by Ben Clanton Year Published: 2016

    First book in a really cute graphic novel series called Narwhal and Jelly.  I'm sure it would be well received by your 1st/2nd grade reader and reread multiple times.  The second book in the series, Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, has been just as popular.

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  •  iF

    iF...:A Mind Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

    by David J. Smith Year Published:

    This non-fiction book is endlessly intriguing!  It will warrant multiple reads to really grasp all the cool concepts.  Great for sparking dinner table discussions about the world.  Keep it on your coffee table.  You won't be sorry.

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  • Calvin and Hobbes

    by Bill Watterson Year Published: 1987+
    I would be remiss if I left off the books that my daughter loves more than anything else on her bookshelf.  She has read and reread these collections and reread them again.  If we want kids to love reading, we have to give them the freedom to read what they love.
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  • They All Saw A Cat

    by Brenden Wetzel Year Published: 2016
    I heard great reviews about the book long before I was able to put my hands on one.  It took me about half the book to "get" it.  Then I had to go back to the beginning.  I won't ruin the discovery for you.  Great book for younger readers to read with you or older readers to read and think about on their own.
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  • Land of Stories

    by Chris Colfer Year Published: 2012
    Fun, but advanced series about kids who fall into storybook land where favorite fairy tale characters continue with their lives past the "happily ever after".  There are 4 or 5 books in the series.  They are favorites of 4th and 5th graders.  New this year is a treasury of fairy tales which would also make a great gift for younger readers to curl up on a lap and listen to.  There are so many stories these days that use fairy tales as their base, so kids need a variety.  If you're looking for some good road trip listening, the author narrates the audiobook version (and is Kurt from the TV show Glee if you watched that).
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  • 13 Story Treehouse

    by Andy Griffiths Year Published:
    This series has been on my favorite list for awhile now.  Long enough that now there are 26, 39 and 52 story treehouses to read about.  It's a fun series.  Your 2nd-4th graders will enjoy them.
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  • Weird But True (NatGeo series)

    by National Geographic Year Published:
    If your little reader (or bigger reader) loves crazy facts about stuff, these books are just the thing for them.  Great photos accompany each "Weird but True" factoid.  There are many books in the series, so you're sure to find one that fits your reader.
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  • Princess in Black

    by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Year Published: 2015
    1st and 2nd graders love this series about a princess with a secret identity as monster fighter in black superhero getup.  4th book in the series came out last month.  Kids who like this series will also probably enjoy Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo.
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  • Super Happy Party Bears

    by Marcie Colleen Year Published: 2016
    This book is really cute and fun to read.  I discovered it at our book fair and couldn't recommend it enough,  Great for 1st-3rd - as a read aloud for kids it might be too hard for independently.
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  • Bad Guys

    by Aaron Blabey Year Published: 2016
    This is another book series the 2nd-3rd grade kids are loving.  Wolf tries to forge a new image for himself as something other than "big and bad" in a good deeds club with Snake, Piranha, and Shark.  Imagine being the kitten they try to rescue.  It's pretty funny. 
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  • Dogman

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 2015
    New from the creator of Captain Underpants.  It's a graphic novel that gets borrowed as soon as it gets returned.  And for those of you who oppose these type of books as not real reading, I urge you to read the author's note at the back of Dogman.  I will take a kid spending an hour voluntarily reading a book they enjoy than 20 hard fought minutes of something I made them read.
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  • Elephant & Piggie

    by Mo Willems Year Published: 2007-2015
    This is such a great series for kids beginning to read on their own, kids who enjoy laughing, parents who enjoy reading with great expression to their kids, and kids learning spanish since some titles come en espanol now.  The last book in the E & P series came out last year, but the author has teamed up with some other stellar children's authors for a spinoff collection that seems just as good.
    Pre-K to 2nd grade love these books. 
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