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Children’s Book Committee – August Picks

August 1, 2012

August is here and parents may be worrying about that “summer slide.”  Here are a few fun reads courtesy of the Children’s Book Committee to help your youngsters keep their reading skills sharp. While these books are available in bookstores, most of them should also be available in your public library. Several of them are available in eBook format as well. And don’t forget Best Books to Read Aloud With Children of All Ages.

For the Youngest Young Reviewers (Three to Six): 

  • Hi! Fly Guy (series) by Tedd Arnold
  • Biscuit (series) by Alyssa Capucilli
  • Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems
  • Dogs by Emily Gravett
  • Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry by Jane Yolen
  • Backyard Detective by Nic Bishop
  • Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons

For Children Six to Nine:

  • Henry and Mudge (series) or Poppleton (series), both by Cynthia Rylant
  • Katie Woo (series) by Fran Manushkin
  • Stink (series) by Megan McDonald
  • Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  • How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
  • Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey
  • Tales from the Odyssey (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mammalabilia by Douglas Florian

Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien are also great read-alouds.

For Children Nine to Twelve:

  •  Dragon Slayers’ Academy  (series) by Kate McMullan
  • Encyclopedia Brown (series) by Donald J. Sobol (an oldie but goodie)
  • Clementine (series) by Sara Pennypacker
  • Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (Amber Crown series) by Paula Danziger
  • The “You Choose” Interactive History Adventure series, each by a different author, are historical fiction tales that are chock full of facts
  • Geronimo Stilton series by ‘Geronimo Stilton’
  • Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George
  • National Geographic Kids Weird but True books
  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka and
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly make great read-alouds

For a picture book for this age group, consider All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

For Children Twelve and Older:

  • The ‘City of’ series by Cassandra Clare
  • Fever Crumb (series) by Philip Reeve
  • Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  • Princess Diaries (series) by Meg Cabot
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

For more ideas for books to read aloud with this age group, visit our Reading Aloud With Children Twelve & Older page.

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