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Books for Kids (ages 6-8)

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

By J. Patrick Lewis; illus. by Anna Raff

(Juvenile Poetry; ages 5-12 years)

After reading this book I bet “ewe” will never forget that June 14 is Ohio Sheep Day!  Don’t forget to appreciate your favorite dragon on January 16 – Dragon Appreciation Day.  Fun illustrations, featuring a cute group of rodents, accompany clever poems to educate the reader about wacky  - and real  -  holidays.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 Lifetime: the Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. by Christopher Silas Neal

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span. Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is. Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

Lifetime

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. Christopher Silas Neal

(Juvenile Non-fiction; ages 5-8 years)

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span.  Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is.  Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

The Year of Billy Miller

By Kevin Henkes

(Juvenile Fiction; ages 6-8)

When Billy Miller tells his father he’s afraid he won’t be smart enough for  second grade, his dad tells him that he’ll be fine and declares it the “Year of Billy Miller”. This short, satisfying novel by the multi-talented Henkes follows Billy’s travails and triumphs over the course of the school-year as he deals with a know-it-all classmate and an annoying little sister.  This funny but realistic story for the younger chapter-book reader features a boy protagonist that many readers have compared to Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby.  And that’s darn good company to be in! (Format: Print)

  

  

 

Maudie and Bear

By Jan Ormerod; illus. Freya Blackwood

(Picture Book; ages 5 - 8 years)

This charming duo stars in five vignettes; each will put a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart.  You will fall in love with Maudie, a young girl full of moxie and pluck, and Bear, a kind and gentle friend.  This is the kind of book that makes you want to cuddle up and read it again and again. (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Dear Santasaurus

By Stacy McAnulty; illus. Jef Kaminsky

(Picture Book; ages 5-8 years)

Ernest B. Spinosaurus is a very rambunctious young dinosaur, the kind whose Christmas present is already broken by New Year’s Day.  Throughout the year, Ernest keeps Santasaurus abreast of his behavior, and his Christmas present request, by writing letters.  Follow along with Ernest’s year, and his attempts to be good, as you read his letters.  The illustrations add substance and fill in some of the story (usually the parts Ernest leaves out, of course).  This is an amusing story, just right for the young elementary set.  (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama

By Selina Alko

(Picture Book; ages 5-8 years)

Lucky Sadie gets to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah!  Sadie’s cheerful attitude about her diverse heritage permeates this story that celebrates the sharing of beliefs and customs that many families experience. (Format: Print)

  

 

 

The Book With a Hole

By Herve Tullet

(Picture Book; ages 3-12 years)

It’s simple, this is a book with a hole in it.  Each page features an illustration with a hole in its center. Sometimes, you can place a piece of paper under the hole to make a drawing; sometimes, you can play a game; or sometimes, you can create a sculpture to fit within it. This is the perfect book to allow the imagination to run wild. (Format: Print)

 

  

  

Wumbers: It’s a Word Cr8td With a Number!

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illus. Tom Lichtenheld

(Picture Book; ages 6-12 years)

What do you get when you combine a word and a number?  A wumber!  Clever readers will exercise their brains as they figure out what word each “wumber” stands for.  Part picture book, part game – all fun! (Formats: Print; E-book)

 

   

 

Chloe and the Lion

By Mac Barnett; illus. Adam Rex

(Picture Book; ages 5-8 years)

Chloe is walking through the woods when she meets a lion.  And this is when things go horribly wrong.  Not because of the lion, but because Mac, the author of the book, and Adam, the illustrator of the book, get into a fight.  In the end, it is up to Chloe to face a lion and save the story…and her illustrator. (Print format)

 

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