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Recommended Children's Books

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Starting Kindergarten

Every child needs preparation for this big transition and there are many good books to help your child feel ready.


Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner by Amy Schwartz

 Whimsical, humorous drawings, and read-aloud or intermediate readers


First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar

 Detailed, full-page color illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

 Detailed, expressive drawings, read-aloud or intermediate readers, and multicultural


Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois

 Bright, cheerful illustrations, read-aloud to intermediate readers, and available in Spanish


Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

 Big, bright illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Learning to Read

Reading is the key for every child to a life of imagination and information.  For some children reading comes easily but for others learning to read comes only after great difficulty.  Here are some terrific reads about learning to read, especially for the child who is wondering when he will acquire the skill.


Arthur’s Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban

 Cheerful, expressive drawings for read-aloud or advanced readers


Marvin One Too Many by Katherine Paterson

 Soft watercolors for read-aloud or advanced readers


Today Was a Terrible Day by Patricia Reilly Giff

 Simple, expressive drawings for read-aloud or intermediate readers


When Will I Read? by Miriam Cohen

 Cheerful illustrations, multicultural and for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Friendships

Most children worry at one time or another about whether they will have friends.  One can always benefit from good books that explore how to make and keep friends.


First Friends by Lenore Belgvad

 Cheerful and old fashioned illustrations for read-aloud or beginning readers


Who Will Be My Friends? by Sydney Hoff

 Cheerful and childlike sketches for read-aloud or beginning readers


Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells

 Soft watercolor and pastel illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Yoko by Rosemary Wells

 Gentle ink/watercolors and multicultural for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Best Friends by Miriam Cohen

 Cheerful drawings for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Hunter’s Best Friend at School by Laura Elliott

 Humorous watercolors for read-aloud or advanced readers


Rosie and Michael by Judith Viorst

 Detailed, black-and-white illustrations for read-aloud or advanced readers


Bartholomew the Bossy by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

 Pleasant tricolor sketches for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

 Bright colorful illustrations and multicultural for read-aloud or intermediate readers.  Also available in Spanish.



Teasing

Few children will escape the experience of either teasing or being teased and these books can open discussion about how each of those roles feel.


The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing by Stan and Jan Berenstain

 Familiar Berenstain Bear characters for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

 Pencils and oil paint and multicultural for read-aloud or intermediate readers.  

 2001 Children’s Literature Council of Southern California Award winner


Fat, Fat Rose Marie by Lisa Passen

 Eye-catching cartoon characters for read-aloud or intermediate readers


The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby

 Bright primary colors and multicultural for read-aloud or advanced readers


Phoebe’s Parade by Claudia Mills

 Colorful, painted illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Bully on the Bus by Carl W. Bosch

 Simple black-and-white drawings for read-aloud or advanced readers


King of the Playground by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 Watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Feelings

Everybody has feelings and children sometimes do not understand their feelings or be able to put them into words.  These books talk about all kinds of feelings and offer lots of good ideas for handling feelings.


Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram

 Distinctive watercolors and available in Spanish for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Come Home Wilma by Mitchell Sharmat (Anger)

 Exquisite, imaginative drawings for read-aloud or intermediate readers


I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer

 Whimsical illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt

 Bold, distinctive watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers


When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

 Bright color illustrations, available in Spanish, and a multi-award winner for read-aloud or intermediate readers


The Worry Stone by Marianna Dengler

 Watercolor ad pencils for read-aloud to advanced readers


Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

 Watercolors and black pen, award winner, and available in Spanish for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell (Afraid)

 Tender and sensitive illustrations, award winner, and available in Spanish for read-aloud or intermediate readers


There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

 Humorous illustrations, available in Spanish for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Family Life

Adjustments such as a divorce, remarriage, or step families can be a challenge for children.  These adjustments can be dealt with through the following books.


At Daddy’s on Saturdays by Linda Walvoord Girard

 Watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate to advanced readers


Mom and Dad Break Up by Joan Singleton Prestine

 Eye-catching color illustrations, multicultural for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore by Kathy Stinson

 Soft watercolors for read-aloud or beginning readers


Two Homes by Claire Masurel

 Ink, watercolor and gouache illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


My Mother’s Getting Married by Joan Drescher

 Ink and watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Totally Uncool by Janice Levy

 Quirky illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Amelia’s Family Ties by Marissa Moss (Step-families)

 Detailed drawings for read-aloud or advanced readers


Daddy’s New Baby by Judith Vigna

 Watercolors with black-and-white drawings for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Allergies


Aaron’s Awful Allergies by Troon Harrison

 Appealing, colorful illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Attention Deficit Disorder


Eddie Enough by Debbie Zimmett

 Black-and-white sketches for read-aloud or advanced readers


Waiting for Mr. Goose by Laurie Lears

 Realistic watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers



Cancer

Promises by Elizabeth Winthrop

 Cheerful watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Sammy’s Mommy Has Cancer by Sherry Kohlenberg

 Gentle watercolors for read-aloud


When Eric’s Mom Fought Cancer by Judith Vigna

  Gentle drawings and watercolors for read-aloud or intermediate readers


The Rainbow Feelings of Cancer: A book for children who have a loved one with cancer by Carrie Martin and Chia Martin

 

The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff & Wendy Harpham


Once Upon A Hopeful Night by Risa Sacks Yaffe

 



Death

Children experience the loss of a pet, a friend and a family member very differently depending on their age and maturity.   This is a time when books may be especially comforting, as the skilled authors of the books listed here demonstrate.


The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst

 Simple drawings for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Goodbye, Max by Holly Keller

 Simple, mixed media illustrations for read-aloud or intermediate readers


A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith

 Award winner, available in Spanish with soft illustrations for read-aloud or advanced readers


Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie de Paola

 Gentle color drawings, available in Spanish for read-aloud or intermediate readers


Blackberries in the Dark by Mavis Jukes (Grandfather’s death)

 Black-and-white illustrations on every page for read-aloud or advanced reader


Julia Cook books  of over 70 titles such as:

I Just Want to Do It My Way!    Accepting help and instruction

Lying Up A Storm     Lying

Ricky Sticky Fingers     Stealing

The “CAN”in Cancer      Dealing with cancer

The “D” Word     Divorce

But It’s Not my Fault     Taking responsibility

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine      Anxiety, apprehension and/or fear

Baditude!     Personal empowerment to overcome frustrations

I Want To Be The Only Dog     Sibling rivalry


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