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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!

The Snatchabook book
#1
The Snatchabook
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from 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!

Where have all the bedtime stories gone? A delightful addition to the picture book canon about the love of reading One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town. It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

Just Read! book
#2
Just Read!
Written by Lori Degman and 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!

The Spelling Bee Before Recess book
#3
The Spelling Bee Before Recess
Written by Deborah Lee Rose and illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from 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!

The students were squirming but none made a sound, as the spelling bee entered its championship round. It’s right before recess, and the annual school spelling bee is down to just three spellers: Cornelius the Genius, Smart Ruby, and The Slugger, who never strikes out. Round after round, the words whizz at them, but with one minute left until recess, there’s still no winner. Who will triumph? It all comes down to one final word, and a curveball that no one sees coming! Deborah Lee Rose’s clever rhyming text packs a laugh-out-loud wallop with words that young readers will enjoy spelling and reading aloud again and again. Fun and whimsical illustrations by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis provide the perfect balance of humor and suspense as readers find out whether The Slugger will hit a grand slam or finally strike out. The book includes three spelling lists that can be used for spelling bees at home, in school, at the library, or for community events. An author’s note describes why and how words were chosen.

The Storybook Knight book
#4
The Storybook Knight
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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!

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?

The Mermaid's Purse book
#5
The Mermaid's Purse
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
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.

"Stella loves books so much, she starts her own library--but then a storm threatens to destroy everything"--

  1. Madeline Finn and the Library Dog - 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!

  2. Bunny's Book Club - 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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."

Books Always Everywhere book
#10
Books Always Everywhere
Written by Jane Blatt and 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.

Miss Brooks Loves Books! book
#11
Miss Brooks Loves Books!
Written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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!

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.

Inkheart book
#12
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?

Love You, Hug You, Read to You! book
#13
Love You, Hug You, Read to You!
Written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Frank Endersby
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
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.

“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!

This Is Sadie book
#14
This Is Sadie
Written by Sara O'Leary and illustrated by Julie Morstad
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A little girl with a big imagination fantasizes about her many adventures and identities that depict her talking with the birds in the treetops, flying to amazing lands and inventing endlessly creative stories. By the creators of the Henry series.

  1. You Can Read - adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.

  2. Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies -

  3. Wild about Books - All the animals are very curious when a mobile library arrives but soon they can't wait to learn about this new something called reading. They read thin books and fat books and Cat in the Hat books. Molly even found waterproof books for the otter, who never goes swimming without Harry Potter! Read along with the book-loving animals and go wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.

  4. Whisper - B is for Bookworm - This is a darling bedtime book about reading a book as you're getting ready for bed. There's not a huge storyline, but I thought it was sweet and liked that it has you whisper, it adds some variation to the reading experience. :)

The Whisper book
#19
The Whisper
Written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Her magical book of stories is wordless until a whisper in the wind tells a little girl to imagine a story for each page.

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians book
#20
The Boy who was Raised by Librarians
Written by Carla Morris and illustrated by Brad Sneed
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything--including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.

The Lonely Book book
#21
The Lonely Book
Written by Kate Bernheimer and illustrated by Chris Sheban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once popular, an increasingly shabby library book grows lonely until a young girl rediscovers it, but when it becomes lost again, both the book and the girl wonder if they will have a happy ending. By the award-winning author of The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum and the award-winning illustrator of Catching the Moon.

How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? book
#22
How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Told in rhyming text young dinosaurs learn to read, but only after many mishaps, like chewing their books and throwing them at the cat--but eventually they learn to respect their books, and treat them properly.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore book
#23
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Written by William Joyce and illustrated by Joe Bluhm
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

  1. Beatrice Doesn't Want to - On the third afternoon of going to the library with her brother Henry, Beatrice finally finds something she enjoys doing.

  2. Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree - B is for Bookworm - The story is cute and I love that they create a book nook and turn it into a library, with the over-arching message of sharing and the joy of reading! I like the different feel of the illustrations, too, but I do struggle to say "Red Knit Cap Girl" as often as it's written in the book, and get a little tired of saying it after reading it once

  3. Read the Book, Lemmings! - The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure! Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off. After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn't being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can't read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can't return to reading it, either!

  4. A Child of Books - A young reader introduces a boy to the many imaginative worlds that books bring to life.

Read It, Don't Eat It! book
#28
Read It, Don't Eat It!
Written and illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

You are holding a book. What should you do with it? Open it, and you will find out.

How to Read a Story book
#29
How to Read a Story
Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Mark Siegel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Step One: Find a story. (A good one.) Step Two: Find a reading buddy. (Someone nice.) Step Three: Find a reading spot. (Couches are cozy.) Now: Begin. Accomplished storytellers Kate Messner and Mark Siegel chronicle the process of becoming a reader: from pulling a book off the shelf and finding someone with whom to share a story, to reading aloud, predicting what will happen, and—finally—coming to The End. This picture book playfully and movingly illustrates the idea that the reader who discovers the love of reading finds, at the end, the beginning.

Library Mouse #1 book
#30
Library Mouse #1
Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

An Inconvenient Alphabet book
#31
An Inconvenient Alphabet
Written by Beth Anderson and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

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.

Dog Loves Books book
#32
Dog Loves Books
Written and illustrated by Louise Yates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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

  1. P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever - Turning the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, P is for Pterodactyl is perfect for anyone who has ever been stumped by silent letters or confused by absurd homophones. This whimsical, unique book takes silent letter entries like "K is for Knight" a step further with "The noble knight's knife nicked the knave's knee." Lively illustrationsprovide context clues, and alliterative words help readers navigate text like "a bright white gnat is gnawing on my gnocchi" with ease. Everyone from early learners to grown-up grammarians will love this wacky book where "A is for Aisle" but "Y is definitely not for Why."

  2. Words Set Me Free - "Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass's path to freedom through reading"--

  3. Rufus Goes to Sea - When school lets out for the summer, Rufus Leroy Williams III, a determined pig who loves to read, decides to become a pirate.

  4. Santa's Book of Names - 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!

Llama Llama Nighty-night book
#37
Llama Llama Nighty-night
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What’s the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on. Dewdney’s catchy rhymes, effortless rhythm, and adorable artwork can now be enjoyed by even younger audiences. Toddlers will love this perfect read-aloud.

When I Was Eight book
#38
When I Was Eight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Looks at the experiences of a strong-willed young Inuit girl who receives permission from her father to travel to a residential religious school run by non-Inuit outsiders, where she struggles to adapt to the new way of living.

Snug book
#39
Snug
Written and illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Encourages positive reading habits and concentration from an early age.

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read book
#40
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read
Written by Curtis Manley and illustrated by Kate Berube
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Nick decides to teach his cats to read, Verne is very much interested, especially in books about mice and fish, but Stevenson wants nothing to do with the project--or does he?

The Not So Quiet Library book
#41
The Not So Quiet Library
Written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s Saturday, which means Oskar and Theodore get to go to the library with their dad! It means donuts for breakfast! And it means endless quiet hours lost in stories. But on this not so quiet Saturday, Oskar and Teddy get a rude surprise when they’re interrupted by a five-headed, hangry monster! Will Oskar ever get to finish his book in peace? Will Teddy ever get to gorge on his donuts? Or might both of them hold the secret weapons to taming the beast?

  1. The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book - Finding where you belong isn't easy . . . especially when you're a storybook wolf. In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don't help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn't get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive. For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book's colorful illustrations and a "story-starter" ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf. Thierry Robberecht is a children's author, graphic novel scriptwriter, and songwriter. He lives in Brussels, where he devotes himself to a passion for literature. Gregoire Mabire studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. He illustrates children's picture books and contributes to children's magazines.

  2. When It Snows - When everything grinds to a halt because of the snow, one small boy and his teddy bear refuse to allow the weather to spoil their fun. They embark on an amazing journey in which they ride a polar bear and meet huge snowmen, an ice queen, fairies, elves, a giant reindeer and Father Christmas. And at the very end of the story, in a wonderfully cosy and festive fireside scene, there's a clever twist - he has simply become immersed in the magical scenes of his favourite book.

  3. I Will Not Read This Book - A child adamantly refuses to read a book, regardless of the increasingly outrageous circumstances that might occur.

  4. Please, Louise - On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along.

This Book of Mine book
#46
This Book of Mine
Written by Sarah Stewart and illustrated by David Small
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This Book of Mine is a celebration of the power of reading, of the ways in which books launch our adventures, give us comfort, challenge our imaginations, and offer us connection. From new mothers to fantasy lovers, butterfly hunters to musicians, the diverse readers of This Book of Mine all share a common passion for their favorite books-whether freshly discovered at the library or bookstore or saved from childhood and reread across a lifetime. A unique gift for bibliophiles young and old, This Book of Mine trumpets a simple truth: A well-loved book in hand brings color to any reader's life.

Books Vs. Looks book
#47
Books Vs. Looks
Written by Debbie Dadey and illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Kiki wants to start a book club, but Pearl tries to steal the spotlight with a rival fashion club in this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure. Kiki misses her brother, Yuta, who lives on the other side of the ocean. To help keep in touch, the two of them start a book club, and Kiki decides it would be fun to expand the club for all of Trident Academy. But Pearl doesn’t want anything to do with a boring book club. Instead, she decides she’s going to make the best club ever: a fashion club! Pearl will do anything to make sure the other students join her club instead of Kiki’s, and offers free food, candy, and even prizes to draw them in. But will it be enough? Who will win the battle of the clubs?

The Book Dragon book
#48
The Book Dragon
Written by Kell Andrews and 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?

The Magpie's Library book
#49
The Magpie's Library
Written by Kate Blair
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

When Silva and her family visit her grandfather, they find that his health has taken a bad turn. As they struggle with this news, Silva seeks escape in books at the local library. But she gets more than she bargained for when a magpie guides her to a magical room containing books that she can not only read, but also live in. Silva finds herself in the worlds of the characters, who turn out to be real people. People she knows. There’s a catch, though: she soon discovers that the magpie has lured her to these books for selfish and dark reasons.

Otter: I Love Books! book
#50
Otter: I Love Books!
Written and illustrated by Sam Garton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On her next adventure, Otter—the irrepressible character sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—discovers a love for books and reading. Otter: I Love Books! is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

  1. Ruby Starr - Ruby Starr has a big imagination and an even bigger love of books in this funny, authentic series starter Ruby Starr has always loved books. She loves them so much that her favorite day of school is when her lunchtime book club, The Unicorns, meet. So when Charlotte, the new girl in town, wants to turn the book club into a drama club, Ruby thinks her life is pretty much over. Not to mention that Charlotte is spending a lot of time with Ruby's best friend... Is she stealing books and her BFF away from her? Ruby's going to have to use her imagination and love of reading to solve this big problem.

  2. Everybody Is Somebody - In the final book of this bestselling easy-to-read series, Hank begins a new chapter! When a well-known author of a beloved book series visits Hank's school, he and his two best friends get the chance to be her guide for the day and introduce her at an assembly. But Hank, embarrassed by his struggles with reading, tries to hide the fact that he's never actually finished reading the author's books--or any book, for that matter! So Hank gets creative and makes up his own version of the story. But will everyone be able to tell fact from fiction? This bestselling series written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver is perfect for the transitional reader. With a unique, easy-to-read font, endless humor, and characters every kid would want to be friends with, any story with Hank is an adventure!

  3. The Big Book Adventure - Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading! There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Fresh from the bookstore, Foxy and Pig-Pig can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

  4. Albert's Quiet Quest - Albert wants a quiet place to read...but his friends just want to play! Can they figure out how to have fun together? Albert's home is very loud -- and all he wants to do is read! He escapes outside for some peace, and thinks he's found it at last. But, one by one, his friends boistrously infiltrate his space until Albert just can't take it anymore...and snaps! How will his friends react? While they leave him alone at first, they slowly return...with books in hand. This beautifully illustrated story models flexible, empathic play, and articulates a range of ways a group can have fun together. A useful tool for any classroom or neighborhood!

Isabella, Star of the Story book
#55
Isabella, Star of the Story
Written by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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

I Love a Book book
#56
I Love a Book
Written by Joe Rhatigan and illustrated by Aleksey Ivanov, Olga Ivanov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

This is a celebration of books, reading, and our imaginations, I Love a Book opens with a list of types of books and where to find them. The simple, lyrical prose then becomes more frantic as a young reader encounters pirates sailing the sea, a classroom of monsters "learning math with their paws," and even an animal doctor making house calls in a helicopter. With lavish illustrations nearly spilling off the page, the young reader finally reaches the end of an exhausting day, ready for bed ... and more books. This book is for anyone who loves books and wants to instill this passion in the next generation.

Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles book
#57
Grandmas Are for Giving Tickles
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Spending time with Grandma is so much fun! She knows all about butterflies, snails, and computers. And she has great ideas for new adventures. Grandma will play dress-up with you, and she’ll show you pictures of your mom when she was a little girl. This adorable lift-the-flap book is perfect for young children to read with Grandma when she comes to visit.

The Flower book
#58
The Flower
Written by John Light and 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.

How to Read a Book book
#59
How to Read a Book
Written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

FIRST, FIND A TREE – A BLACK TUPELO OR DAWN REDWOOD WILL DO – AND PLANT YOURSELF. With these words, an adventure begins—an adventure into the world of reading. Kwame Alexander’s evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet’s lush artwork come together to take you on a sensory journey between the pages of a book. NOW SLEEP. DREAM. HOPE. (YOU’LL NEVER REACH) THE END.

  1. Too Many Frogs! - Rabbit lives alone. He cooks for himself, cleans up for himself, and at the end of the day, reads himself a story. It's a simple life, and he likes it. But one evening, Froggie shows up at his door. He wants to listen to Rabbit's story, too. While eating a snack-or three. While lounging on a pillow-or ten. And bringing over his family-dozens and dozens of frogs! Rabbit has finally had enough; Froggie will have to go! But when he sits down alone to read himself a story, Rabbit realizes something is missing: someone to listen; someone to share a wonderful story. Keith Graves' boisterous, humor-filled artwork lends just the right touch to this multilayered tale that celebrates the joy of reading aloud.

  2. The Alphabet War - When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War! This engaging picture book will encourage children with dyslexia that their struggles will get easier over time, and provides a great resources for parents and educators.

  3. The Wizard of Poob - Welcome to Planet Pok – the land of Monsters’ Nonsense. The monsters discover a strange spaceship belonging to a wizard from another planet. Can they help him save Planet Poob from the Space Slugs? Monsters' Nonsense is designed for children to practice decoding nonsense words within a fun and exciting story. The adult reads the main narrative whilst the child is encouraged to read the monsters' language in speech bubbles and these ‘non-words’ help them practise their emerging phonics skills at a level that is right for them. Brought to life by award-winning author Peter Bently and Duncan Beedie's comic book style, this series creates a valuable shared reading experience and will inspire any child to become a monster reader!

  4. I Want to Be a Reader! - A simple celebration of a major milestone: learning to read! It will take a lot of hard work: learning the letters, turning the pages, saying the words. But that hard work will pay off maybe sooner than this little boy thinks! Dynamic illustrations add to this sweet story of a young boy and his desire to read, ending with a hopeful message to toddlers that someday, they can be readers too!"

Book Uncle and Me book
#64
Book Uncle and Me
Written by Uma Krishnaswami and illustrated by Julianna Swaney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

Do Not Open this Book! book
#65
Do Not Open this Book!
Written by Michaela Muntean and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As Pig tries to write a book, he chastises the reader who keeps interrupting him by turning the pages.

Maisy Goes to the Library book
#66
Maisy Goes to the Library
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Maisy likes going to the library. She loves to read a book in a nice, quiet place. Today, Maisy wants to read a book about fish, but she can only find books about birds or tigers. So she explores some of the other things to do in the library, like using the computer, making copies, listening to music, or looking at fish in the aquarium. Aha! Finally Maisy finds a sparkly book all about fish. But just as she settles into a corner to read, along come Cyril, Tallulah, Eddie, and Ostrich — and they all have noisier activities on their minds!

Share This Book book
#67
Share This Book
Written and illustrated by John Hutton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

What's the best way to read to children? Developed by a pediatrician, the research-backed SHARE STEP method helps babies and their grownups get the most out of every reading opportunity, beginning at birth. S is for Snuggle. H is for Hands On. A is for Affection. R is for Respond (In this phase, try to STEP: Stretch, Talk, Explore, Patience). And E is for Enjoy! Simple text and high-contrast illustrations, perfect for developing eyes and brains, show how it works.

Where Are My Books? book
#68
Where Are My Books?
Written and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A boy investigates a squirrelly situation to track down his missing stories in this charming ode to book lovers of all kinds. Spencer loves to read. He reads a book every night. But one morning his favorite book goes missing, and in its place is a tulip. Spencer searches high and low, but he can’t find his book. The next morning another book is missing, a nut in its place. And the morning after that, another book is missing. What is happening to Spencer’s books? When he finds out, Spencer devises a surprising solution that will delight readers (and librarians) everywhere.

  1. Read to Your Bunny - Brief rhyming text and illustrations tell what happens when parents and children share twenty minutes a day reading. On board pages.

  2. Sylvia's Bookshop - Meet the trailblazer and book lover who started the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, France, in this beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates stories, reading, and the importance of sharing ideas. “Books are my treasures—the best that I’ve got.” Books are like rivers that flow through my head. Books are like roads,” she just might have said. “Roads that connect my old self to my new. Unlocking our hearts to what’s noble and true.” Told by the bookstore itself, Sylvia’s Bookshop tells the story of the legendary Shakespeare and Company, its owner Sylvia Beach, and the many great writers who gathered there to meet, read, and remind us that books are more than the words on the page.

  3. The Bored Book - A brother and sister are bored and irritated visiting their grandfather. There's no TV, no video games or computers - only books! Sent by their grandfather into the attic, they discover a dusty volume that is unlike all the others. When they open it, it expands into a giant map. As the map grows larger and larger, filling the attic, the children fall into adventures that take them all over the world, face to face with sharks, pirates, knights, even an abominable snowman. Suddenly their visit is anything but boring! The Bored Book uses stunning illustrations, with no text, to remind youngsters of the unique adventures to be found in books. The hardcover edition of The Bored Book was nominated for the 2011 Sakura Medal.

  4. Victricia Malicia - Victricia Malicia Calamity Barrett may have been born on her family's pirate ship, but this mild-mannered young lady is sick of the sea: she'd much rather be ashore with her nose permanently buried in a book. But when Scylla the Serpent—the scourge of the sea—appears, quick-thinking Vic saves the ship by thunking the serpent on the head with her trunk full of books. For her bravery she is rewarded with the thing she wants most: a home on a little island. She opens a bookstore, and Landlubber Books becomes the pirates' favorite port in a storm. As Carrie Clickard's nimble, jaunty rhymes roll off the tongue like waves onto shore, children will delight in Victricia's adventures while parents will relate to her family's attempts to understand their unusual daughter. Victricia may not be a typical pirate hero, but she is the captain of her own destiny in this rollicking tale of self-determination, sticking to your dreams, and the joy of reading.

That Bear Can't Babysit book
#73
That Bear Can't Babysit
Written by Ruth Quayle and illustrated by Alison Friend
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mr. and Mrs. Burrow need a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. But Bear is the only one who shows up, so Bear gets the job of babysitting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary book, give them chocolate for dinner, and go crazy with the garden hose! But when the bunnies find Bear sailing the high seas in a make-believe ship, suddenly he isn't such a bad babysitter after all.

Scaredy Book book
#74
Scaredy Book
Written by Devon Sillett and illustrated by Cara King
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Book lives at the library and desperately wants to go outside, but is intimidated by all the things that might happen ‘out there’. A page might get torn. Book’s cover might get dirty. Book might never be returned to the library! Meanwhile, Emma loves visiting the library and delights in the many adventures to be had in the stories she finds there. When Emma meets Book, they find they are just what each other needs. Together, Book and Emma move out of their comfort zone to try new things, meet new people, and enjoy a few quiet adventures - climbing trees, laughing in the rain, and even cheering along at a soccer match. Along the way, they discover that ‘out there’ needn’t be scary if you just take it one step at a time. Children and parents alike will enjoy this story about being brave, taking risks, and living to tell the tale!

Lost Book book
#75
Lost Book
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A rabbit who prefers real-life adventures to stories finds a lost book that takes him on an exciting journey in this charming picture book about the power of tales to inspire children and bring them together. Everyone in Rabbit Town loves to read. Well, everyone except for Henry, who would much prefer to play outside. Then Henry finds a lost book, and when he tries to track down the owner, he stumbles into the human world. There, the adults are all absorbed in their phones and tablets, and everyone ignores Henry until he befriends a young girl. They have so much fun together that Henry gives her the lost book, knowing it will be in good hands. Henry learns that books can contain adventures all their own, and when he returns to Rabbit Town, for the first time it is Henry who tells the bedtime story.

The Boy & the Book book
#76
The Boy & the Book
Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Bob Kolar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

In this wordless story, a little boy finds a book that he loves at the library. It’s a match made in kid lit heaven. But not for the book. Sometimes the little boy’s excitement gets the better of him and the book suffers from possibly too much love: bent pages, tears, hugs, tossing, and shaking. The poor book requires first aid from his friends. Every time the boy comes to the library, the books hide and plan escape routes. But when the book gets away from imminent danger in the boy’s hands, the look of loss in the boy’s eyes is enough to turn a tragic tale into a love story. The boy soon learns that the book is not just an object and is so much more on the inside. He loves the story the book gives him more than the fun he had playing with it. Bob Kolar’s charming and hilarious illustrations show how sometimes our love for a good book can be too much, but with a more gentle touch, books can give us much comfort and joy.

Gnome-a-geddon book
#77
Gnome-a-geddon
Written by Kari Anne Holt and illustrated by Colin Jack
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Buck discovers that his favorite book series might be less fictional than he thought in this “silly, clever, [and] fun” (BCCB) middle grade adventure. Harry Potter. Percy Jackson. Custard the Gnome. Buck is a super fan of the book series, The Triumphant Gnome Syndicate. He knows all the trivia. The properties of the Troll Vanquishing Mace, and even what kind of snack Custard, the Gnome of the West, prefers. But when the book’s author disappears in a cloud of smoke, and Buck’s little sister disappears into a bottomless dumpster, Buck realizes that the world of gnomes and trolls might really exist. What the heck? As it turns out, the real Custard needs Buck’s help to find the Troll Vanquishing Mace. And Buck needs to find his sister. So Buck and his best friend Lizzie set off on an adventure that would make any fan’s head spin. But it seems the books did not tell the whole truth about this not-so-make-believe world. Buck soon discovers that real life doesn’t work like a story, and the heroes and villains might not be who they seem. Holy trolls! What’s a super fan to do? Buck is about to fulfill the ultimate fantasy: going on adventures with his favorite characters, and getting the chance to save the world. Assuming he can figure out whose side he’s really on.

  1. The Wolf Who Didn't Like Reading - There once was a wolf whose appetite for books was insatiable. Big, small, fairy tales, dictionaries . . . He devoured them all! His taste for paper was only matched by his great aversion for reading. Reading was so boring! That is until Wolf finds himself in the Country of Books where he has to help a librarian find ten missing books. This story will help parents and educators address children’s resistance to reading. It also introduces young readers to ten great classics as they learn to turn pages, rather than eat them.

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