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Looking for a list of the best children's books about reading?

This feels meta… reading books about reading, but they’re important! Reading opens wonderful, magical worlds to the imagination, takes you exciting places, and introduces you to friends who will stay with you your entire life and teach you incredible things. Learning to read can be difficult and discouraging at times, and these books will remind your kids of the simple truth that if you don’t love to read yet, it’s simply because you haven’t found the right book—as in Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t)—or the right person to read to—as in Madeline Finn and the Library Dog. Whether your child already loves to read (or not!) these books are sure to get them a little more excited about reading!

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Just Read!
Written by Lori Degman & illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

These kids all love to read–and every time they open a book, they open up a whole new world! This exuberant story celebrates reading as it follows a diverse group of children who read wherever and whenever they can. Sometimes, they even read together, in a special fort they’ve built. Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s fanciful art and Lori Degman’s rollicking text will get every child excited about reading!

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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
Written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard & illustrated by Oge Mora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation’s oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.

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I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Written by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Read up a storm with Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat–plus his friend Young Cat!

The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.

The Cat in the Hat can read in purple and in brown, in a circle and even upside down! Can he teach Young Cat to do the same? A perfect stepping stone for emerging readers to show off their skills, this book will  show kids all the wonderful ways and wonderful things you can read.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss himself, Beginner Books are fun, funny, and easy to read. These unjacketed hardcover early readers encourage children to read all on their own, using simple words and illustrations. Smaller than the classic large format Seuss picture books like The Lorax and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, these portable packages are perfect for practicing readers ages 3-7, and lucky parents too!

“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

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My Parents Think I'm Sleeping
Written by Jack Prelutsky
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

What do you do when you’re in bed and the lights are out but you still can’t sleep? One boy finds plenty to keep him busy to keep him busy. First, he reads a little - under the covers with a flashlight, of course. Then, he sneaks into the kitchen for a piece of chocolate cake. Later, he listens to the rain and watches the nighttime shadows. What do you do when you’re awake when you should be asleep? Maybe you could be reading this book!

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Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell: A Storybook Adventure
Written by Helen Docherty & illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the author/illustrator team behind The Snatchabook comes a book-filled adventure on the high seas!

Nell is finally a pirate!

And she has her trusty Pirate’s Almanac to help her sail the seas, even if Captain Gnash doesn’t like books on his ship. But when the journey gets rough and the captain is in trouble, it’s Nell and all her pirate knowledge that saves the day and leads them to the greatest buried treasure of all…

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  • The Snatchabook - The Book Snob Mom -

    The charming rhyming text and sweet yet spunky illustrations of The Snatchabook were created by a husband and wife team—how cool! Together they weave a FANTASTIC story about a love of reading and friendship that teaches kindness, understanding, empathy, and forgiveness… all while being absolutely enjoyable! This is sure to become an all-time favorite—it is one of ours!

  • An Inconvenient Alphabet - Do you ever wish English was eez-ee-yer to spell? Ben Franklin and Noah Webster did! Debut author Beth Anderson and the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Dissent, Elizabeth Baddeley, tell the story of two patriots and their attempt to revolutionize the English alphabet. Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet. In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard. Children today will be delighted to learn that when they “sound out” words, they are doing eg-zakt-lee what Ben and Noah wanted.

  • Library Mouse #1 - Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author. 10,000 first printing.

  • Thank You, Mr. Falker - The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age. Patricia Polacco is now one of America’s most loved children’s book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha’s dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we. This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child’s life.

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The Storybook Knight
Written by Helen Docherty & illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Told in perfect rhyme and gorgeously illustrated, this is a fantastic book about a young knight who draws on street smarts, common courtesy, books and a little kindness to brave the monsters he encounters, rather than fighting. I really like that he goes about what his parents ask him to do (even though it's not to his taste!) with his own unique style and that his parents, in turn, are able to embrace his preferences as he demonstrates their true value. Books and reading can indeed be a powerful weapon and tool!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Even dragons love a good story…

Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read…

When Leo’s mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books.

But can a story be as mighty as a sword?

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The Same But Different Too
Written by Karl Newson & illustrated by Kate Hindley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

I am me, you are you.
We’re the same, but different too.
There’s something about each of us that makes us special. But while everyone is unique, we all have many things in common as well. Explore the ways that we are all the same but different, too, in this joyful and simple celebration of individuality and camaraderie. Filled with children and their animal friends, this rhyming text illuminates the wonderfully different and similar things that make us who we are.

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Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Written & illustrated by Lisa Papp
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Gorgeous illustrations to accompany this story of a little girl who struggles with reading despite her persistence. Encouraged by her teacher, mother and the librarian, she finally finds the perfect listener to practice on and gains the self-confidence she needs to get a coveted reading star. The story is sweet and beautiful and I love that Madeline discovers she loves to read in a very out of the box way!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying. With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.

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Bunny's Book Club
Written by Annie Silvestro & illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is an adorable book about a little rabbit who discovers the library and a love of reading and then introduces his friends to the fun as well. The illustrations are as sweet as the story, and the excitement the animals feel about reading is palpable! While borrowing books without permission isn't a great idea, the librarian's kind resolution is the perfect ending.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bunny loves reading so much that he begins sneaking into the library at night to borrow books, and soon his friends want to join him.

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The Mermaid's Purse
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Another beautiful story by Patricia Polacco, and illustrated in her signature style. One little girl's love of reading allows her to help her entire community with their everyday struggles as well as inspiring them to love books as much as she does. The sense of community when Stella loses her precious library to a twister is touching and seems to bring the message of caring full circle.
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

“Stella loves books so much, she starts her own library–but then a storm threatens to destroy everything”–

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  • Each Peach Pear Plum - Each Peach Pear Plum – the classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Each Peach Pear Plum is a timeless picture book classic from the bestselling illustrator/author team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo!. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. This board book edition is perfect for little hands. In this book With your little eye, Take a look, And play ‘I spy’ Praise for Each Peach Pear Plum: ‘Deceptively simple. Each Peach Pear Plum is a work of genius’ Elaine Moss ‘This familiar rhyme has been given the brilliant Ahlbreg treatment to which no young child can fail to respond. It’s a book which will be read over and over again . . . just perfect!’ Child Education ‘A charming, pictorial fantasia…a warm, sunny, delectable picture book’ Brian Alderson, The Times Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children’s picture books. The Baby’s Catalogue was inspired by their daughter, Jessica. The Ahlbergs’ books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal.

  • Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore - Today Maisy is going to the bookstore to buy a new book, but there are so many to choose from! There’s a big brown book about bears, a long blue book about fish, a noisy book about trucks, and a book about things to draw and paint. With so many to choose from, which book will Maisy pick?

  • The Spelling Bee Before Recess - B is for Bookworm -

    I love this book. The rhyme and vocabulary use are fantastic, and the lessons in this book are wonderful without being overly obvious or literal. I think it's great that the main character *SPOILER* didn't win the spelling bee, and that was ok. This book shows that winning isn't everything, and that reading is one of the best things we can do. Plus, there's a list of spelling words used throughout the book in the very back so that you can try spelling them yourself!

  • Flashlight Night - Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house—braver, closer, and wiser than before—to read the books that inspired their adventure.

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Dog Loves Books
Written & illustrated by Louise Yates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

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Thesaurus Has a Secret
Written & illustrated by Anya Glazer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From author-illustrator Anya Glazer comes a humorous picture book for dinosaur fans and word lovers of all ages!

Thesaurus is an ordinary dinosaur. A very ordinary dinosaur . . . who just happens to love words. And the other dinos know that’s just who he is. But behind his verbose and fancy language, Thesaurus has also been keeping something absolutely, very, extremely top secret.

But as his lies begin to stack up, someone begins to notice. And if the other dinos discover what Thesaurus is hiding, they won’t think he’s such a normal dinosaur after all.

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Inkheart
Written by Cornelia Funke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Cornelia Funke, the enormously talented author of the international best-seller THE THIEF LORD, brings readers another spellbinding tale of adventure and magic. Meggie lives a quiet life alone with her father, a book-binder. But her father has a deep secret– he posseses an extraordinary magical power. One day a mysterious stranger arrives who seems linked to her father’s past. Who is this sinister character and what does he want? Suddenly Meggie is involved in a breathless game of escape and intrigue as her father’s life is put in danger. Will she be able to save him in time?

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Santa's Book of Names
Written & illustrated by David McPhail
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This book is a bit long, but totally worth it to experience Edward's role as Santa's helper and the confidence and skills he gains when Santa needs him most. The illustrations are gorgeous and demonstrative and all of the characters are relatable and realistic, while still being part of a story that's sparkling with ordinary and extraordinary Christmas magic!
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa’s Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa’s help. David McPhail’s inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything.

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The Big Game
Written by Tim Green
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green encourages readers to fight for their dreams in this heartfelt story about a young football star grappling with the stress of living up to his father’s name. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica! Danny Owens is dedicating his seventh-grade season to his Super Bowl champion father, who recently passed away. Danny promises everyone that, just like his dad, he’ll dominate the big game at the end of the season and earn a spot on the high school varsity team. Then his English teacher catches him cheating on a test. Even though Danny can retake it, he knows there’s no point. He can’t read. And if Danny can’t pass this class, he won’t be eligible to play in the championship game that could unlock his future. While his resentment rises against the only person willing to help him win off the field, the pressure to succeed begins to weigh heavily on Danny’s shoulders. Danny is being tested on every level now, and to pass, he may very well have to choose a different path from his father’s.

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  • This Is MY Room! (No Tigers Allowed) - Jojo’s ready for her first night all alone in her very own room, but a menagerie of animals have other ideas in this charming and fun picture book. Jojo can’t wait to spend the night in her very own bed in her very own room. She doesn’t care what her big sister Margaret says, she’s NOT afraid and she WON’T be back to the bedroom they used to share. There’s just one problem though—there are intruders in her new room! A lion, a bear, and a very persistent tiger seem to think this is THEIR room, not Jojo’s. Is Margaret right? Is Jojo not quite ready to spend the night on her own? Or can Jojo find a way to show that trespassing tiger just who’s boss in HER room?

  • The Final Battle... for Now - The Huit octuplets, each of whom has now discovered her power and received her gift, finally learn where their parents are, but before they can attempt a rescue they must face the Other Eights and a very scary aunt.

  • The Book Hog - The Book Hog loves books-the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell-and he’ll grab whatever he can find. There’s only one problem: he can’t read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are. Geisel Medalist Greg Pizzoli presents a new character who is sure to steal your heart in this picturebook full of humorous charm and vivid illustrations.

  • Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind - “Dear Miss Breed . . .” A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children’s librarian Clara Breed’s young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children’s letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.

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Arthur's Reading Race
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Arthur promises to buy ice cream for his little sister, D.W., if she canread ten words. The twosome race to the park, where D.W. is quick to recognizesigns such as ZOO, DON’T WALK, POLICE, and ICE CREAM. When she reads WET PAINTbefore her big brother does, Arthur is in for a colorful surprise!

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Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome & illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

“Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass’s path to freedom through reading”–

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Fish in a Tree
Written by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

“Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.” —Kirkus Reviews

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. This paperback edition includes The Sketchbook of Impossible Things and discussion questions.

A New York Times Bestseller!

“Unforgettable and uplifting.”—School Library Connection, starred review

“Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine.”—Booklist, starred review

“Mullaly Hunt again paints a nuanced portrayal of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with circumstances beyond her control.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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Love You, Hug You, Read to You!
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Frank Endersby
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
As a parent, I like that just reading this book is a subtle reminder to love more, hug more and read more. I also like that on each page there are questions that you can ask your child and it's a nice reminder to stop and talk about books and not just read through them.
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

“There are three things I’ll always do . . . love you, hug you, read to you!” The simple promise of togetherness offered in this board book is enhanced by interactive prompts throughout, encouraging parents to engage with their child while reading. Studies show that asking questions, like the ones in this book, helps children learn to read faster than if they just listen to a story. Love and literacy are gifts we can give to our children every day! Also available as a bilingual (Spanish and English) edition entitled Te Amo, te Abrazo, leo contigo!

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Brave Like That
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Find yourself. Find your place. Find your brave. This uplifting tale, which award-winning author Leslie Connor dubbed “a perfectly paced journey of the heart” is perfect for fans of Lisa Graff and Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Cyrus Olson’s dad is a hero–Northfield’s former football star and now one of their finest firefighters. Everyone expects Cyrus to follow in his dad’s record-breaking footsteps, and he wishes they were right–except he’s never been brave like that. But this year, with the help of a stray dog, a few new friends, a little bit of rhythm, and a lot of nerve, he may just discover that actually…he is. Lauded as “remarkable” by the New York Times Book Review, Lindsey Stoddard’s heartfelt stories continue to garner critical acclaim, and her latest novel will have fans new and old rooting for Cyrus and Parker’s special bond and the courage it helps them both to find.

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  • How Rocket Learned to Read - A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the “wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.”

  • ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?: Girls Can Be Anything They Want to Be, from A to Z - ABC What Can She Be? presents a world of possibilities–from astronaut to zoologist and everything in between–for all little girls with big dreams. Not even the sky is the limit with this fun approach to learning the alphabet! In this board book from Walter Foster Jr, ABC What Can She Be? encourages young girls by presenting a colorful variety of choices for their future careers. Talented illustrator Jessie Ford artfully pairs the letters of the alphabet with vibrant, eye-catching illustrations that paint an inspiring picture for budding trailblazers everywhere. Representing all kinds of girls, ABC What Can She Be? depicts girls with different colors, sizes, shapes, and abilities in both traditional and nontraditional occupations.ABC What Can She Be? explores 26 different career paths, including engineer, writer, neurosurgeon, software engineer, and pilot. Each page introduces a letter of the alphabet with bright artwork and highlights a career that is fun, challenging, and makes a big impact in its own way. These 26 careers are just some of the things she can be! A boldly illustrated, fun family read, ABC What Can She Be? is a great way for parents to introduce their small children to the bright futures before them. Girls can dream big and do anything! With endearing illustrations and mindful concepts, the ABC for Me series pairs each letter of the alphabet with words that promote big dreams and healthy living. In addition to ABC What Can She Be, Sugar Snap Studios has two additional books in the series: ABC What Can He Be and ABC What Can I Be (September 2020).

  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn’t like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth? With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

  • United We Spy - Don’t miss a moment of the beloved, bestselling series where spies-in-training navigate double crosses, secret missions, friendship, and first love-now with a bonus epilogue!Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie-and her country-forever. Get ready for the Gallagher Girls’ most astounding adventure yet as the series comes to breathtaking conclusion that will have readers racing to the last page.

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Books Always Everywhere
Written by Jane Blatt & illustrated by Sarah Massini
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

For the very young, books can be anything from a chair or a tower to a hat but the best thing they can be is a book - and it’s never to soon to share a good book with your little ones.

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Miss Klute Is a Hoot!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!In this eleventh book in the My Weirder School series, A.J. and his friends learn that the reading scores at Ella Mentry School are way down. So, Mr. Macky decides to hire a special new helper to whip the kids into shape–Miss Klute, a Labradoodle! No one understands why they have to read to a therapy dog every day at story time, until the first time they try it. Suddenly everyone wants a turn to read to Miss Klute! But when the kids decide that Miss Klute is spending too much time inside listening to stories–that their therapy dog herself needs therapy–they let her outside, and all chaos breaks loose!Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang.

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Booked
Written & illustrated by Kwame Alexander
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

In this middle grade novel-in-verseby the Newbery Medal-winning and Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winningauthor of”The Crossover, “a””twelve-year-old, soccer-loving boy namedNick, absolutely hates books. In Kwame Alexander’s latest poetictour de force, it’sbooks versus soccer balls ina match-upyou won’t want to miss! “

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Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair
Written by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

How much TV is too much TV? Welcome to Triple Creek, where the townspeople watch TV day and night. They watch it when they’re eating, working, playing, and sleeping. They even use TVs to teach the kids at school. But when Eli’s eccentric Aunt Chip (who refuses to own a TV) discovers that her nephew and her neighbors don’t remember how to read, she pulls the plug on the whole town, using books that have been piled high to build a dam to spread the magic of reading all around.

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The Flower
Written by John Light & illustrated by Lisa Evans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Brigg lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled ‘Do Not Read’, he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city, but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected results, continuing to grow and bloom even after we have turned the last page. John Light’s enigmatic story is told with utter simplicity, but resonates long after we finish reading this book. His increasingly optimistic vision is hauntingly captured by Lisa Evans’s beautiful and whimsical illustrations.

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  • The Time Garden - Time and again, the children from Knight’s Castle have longed for another magic adventure. But you can’t find magic just anywhere. It doesn’t grow like grass. It requires the right place and the right time . . . Or thyme, as the case may be. At Mrs. Whiton’s house, magic grows as wild as the banks of thyme in the garden. Growing there is olden time, future time, and common time. Or so says the Natterjack, the toadlike creature who accompanies the children on a series of hilarious, always unpredictable adventures. “Anything can happen,” the Natterjack says, “when you have all the time in the world.”

  • Isabella, Star of the Story - Every day is an adventure with Isabella! An everyday visit to the library becomes an unexpected adventure through the pages of classic children’s book favorites! Like Goldilocks, Isabella searches for a book that is juuust right. Should she host a silly tea party in Wonderland with the Mad Hatter? Take a Technicolor trip through Oz with the Cowardly Lion? Or have a swashbuckling good time with the Lost Boys? Join Isabella as she imagines herself in the starring role of these beloved stories and discovers the extraordinary power of reading. Anything is possible between the pages of a good book

  • Haunted Waters - A crazy, wild ride from a deserted mining town makes it clear that someone’s after Bryce and Ashley Timberline.Will they survive long enough to find out who it is?Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely be hooked! Perfect for ages 8-12.

  • Ronan the Librarian - This humorous picture book from sister duo Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie and illustrator Victoria Maderna follows Ronan the Barbarian as he he grows from being just a rough-and-tumble warrior to Ronan the Librarian–a rough-and-tumble warrior who loves books. Ronan was a mighty barbarian. He invaded. He raided. And back home, he traded. He always found the greatest treasures. Until one day, Ronan found something no barbarian wants: A BOOK. At first, his fellow barbarians are skeptical of his newfound passion for reading, but in the end, even they aren’t immune to the charms of a good book.

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Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Written by Ally Carter
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-15

Don’t miss a moment of the beloved, bestselling series where spies-in-training navigate double crosses, secret missions, friendship, and first love-now with a bonus epilogue! After the excitement of the fall, all Cammie Morgan wants is peaceful semester at school. But that’s easier said than done when you’re a CIA legacy and go to the premier school in the world…for spies. Cammie may have a genius I.Q., but there are still a lot of things she doesn’t know. Like, how much trouble is she really in after what happened last semester? What will happen with Josh? And above all, why is her mother acting so strangely?Despite Cammie’s best intentions to be a normal student, danger seems to follow her. She and her friends learn that their school is going to play host to some mysterious guests-code name: Blackthorne. Then she’s blamed for a security breach that leaves the school’s top secret status at risk. Soon, Cammie and her friends are crawling through walls and surveilling the school to learn the truth about Blackthorne and clear Cammie’s name. Even though they have confidence in their spy skills, this time the targets are tougher (and hotter), and the stakes for Cammie’s heart-and her beloved school-are higher than ever.

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The Book Dragon
Written by Kell Andrews & illustrated by Éva Chatelain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The town of Lesser Scrump has a rule: no books allowed! And it’s all because of a fearsome dragon, who comes in the night to steal every book and add it to her huge pile. Only Rosehilda says, “I’m not afraid!” and vows to challenge the creature who terrorizes her village. Will she be able to convince the dragon that books are for reading, not hoarding?

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Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don't)
Written by Barbara Bottner & illustrated by Michael Emberley
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
The teacher in this book really puts a lot of effort into helping her students fall in love with reading! One little girl doesn't think she'll ever love a book as much as her teacher, as the books she sees are all too pink or flowery. She eventually finds a book about ogres that she falls in love with and shares with her entire class, and it just goes to show that there is a book for everyone--if you don't love reading, you simply haven't found the right book!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian’s efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.

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Pugtato Babysits the Snouts
Written by & illustrated by Sophie Corrigan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What do you get when you cross imaginative and loveable characters, enchanting and inspiring illustrations and a giggle-inducing story? …Pugtato, a simple, good spud and a hilarious mashup of pet and vegetable characters by the inimitable illustrator Sophie Corrigan! Join Pugtato as he takes on the job of babysitting the Brussels Snouts.Pugtato thinks babysitting will be easy … how much trouble can baby Brussels Snouts get into? But as the day unfolds, the rambunctious little Snouts decide to show Pugtato they are not little babies, and prove that size doesn’t matter when it comes to having lots of fun with your good spuddies.Pugtato Babysits the Snouts delivers: A delightful, giggle-inducing, rhyming, read-aloud story perfect for kids ages 4-8Imaginative, silly pet and vegetable mashups such as Pugtato, Tomatoad, Carrat, Cowbbage, Croccoli, Unicorn on the Cob and more!A beautiful, eye-catching cover, rich with color and embossed textureYoung children will learn invaluable lessons from Pugtato about: FriendshipAcceptanceResponsibilityCreativityYou’ll also want to follow Pugtato’s adventures in Pugtato, Let’s Be Best Spuddies, Pugtato Finds a Thing, and Pugtato and Friends Audio Collection: 3 Books in 1.

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Magic by the Lake
Written by Edward Eager & illustrated by N. M. Bodecker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When wishing for magic, it’s hard not to wish for too much. If Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha had stopped to think–oh, if they had only stopped to think!–they would have ordered magic by the pound, or by the day, or even by the halves as they had in Half Magic. But no, they asked for magic by the lake–and now they have to deal with a whole lakeful of enchantment! Soon the children find themselves cavorting with mermaids, outwitting pirates, and–with the help of a cranky old turtle–granting a little magical help to the one person who needs it most.

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