Several of my friends and family members have taken the time to send me book recommendations. Here is a compilation of some recent suggestions. You can find more on my book list website.
- JIM AYLESWORTH and STEPHEN GAMMELL (illustrator): Old Black Fly (An Owlet Book) (ages 4 to 8). Recommended by Eileen.
- ALEXANDRA DAY: The Carl the dog books: Good Dog, Carl : A Classic Board Book, Carl Goes Shopping (Carl), Carl's Afternoon in the Park, etc. (baby/preschool). Books without any words, in which a rottweiler is left in charge of a baby, and adventures ensue. Recommeded by Eileen.
- MONIQUE FELIX: The Wind (Creative Editions), The Boat (Creative Editions), The Plane (Creative Editions), etc. (baby/pre-school). About a clever mouse escaping from the book, with great illustrations. Recommended by Eileen.
- EUGENIA and VLADIMIR RADUNSKY: Yucka Drucka Droni. Suggested by my friend Scott as "one we checked out from the library last year that our kids STILL talk about..."
- HOLLY BLACK and TONY DITERLIZZI: The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set) : The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgrath (Spiderwick Chronicles) (ages 7 to 12). Recommended by Alex.
- BETSY BYARS: The Pinballs (Apple Paperbacks) (ages 9-12). The story of three foster kids, "pinballs" bouncing around, who end up in a foster home together. A favorite of my second-oldest niece, and one that I loved as an early teenager.
- ROSCOE COOPER AND CAROLYN CROLL (illustrator): The Great Pyramid: An Interactive Book (ages 9 to 12). Recommended by Eileen.
- CORNELIA FUNKE: The Thief Lord. A prizewinning tale of about thieving children on their own in Venice, surrounded by colorful characters. Recommended by my oldest niece.
- NATALIE KINSEY-WARNOCK and JAMES BERNARDIN (illustrator): Lumber Camp Library (ages 4-8). Frontier story about a young girl in difficult family circumstances who finds her path by teaching loggers how to read. Recommended by my oldest niece.
- DAVID MACAULAY: The Way Things Work (ages 8 and up). Recommended by Eileen.
- KATHERINE PATERSON: The Great Gilly Hopkins (ages 9-12). A Newberry Honor Book about a girl struggling with the foster care system. Recommended by my oldest niece.
- NANCY SPECK: Freedom Trail Mystery : Going to Boston (ages 9-12). Best friends solve a modern-day mystery involving Revolutionary War artifacts in Boston. Recommended by my oldest niece.
- JERRY SPINELLI: Crash (ages 9-12). About the evolution of a jock bully, from his own perspective. Recommended by my oldest niece.
- ELISE BROACH: Shakespeare's Secret (young adult). Recommended by Alex.
My thanks to these friends and family members who took the time to make suggestions for this website! Happy Reading! -- Jen
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