As a children’s librarian and parent, I read a LOT of children’s books. The steady flow of new material coming out each season can make it tricky to pick books that appeal to both kids AND adults, but I’m here to help! Each month I’ll share some of my favourite new books for kids aged 6 – 12 that I just finished reading… and couldn’t put down. I hope you enjoy them, too!
This book is HILARIOUS. As in, laugh-out-loud, struggling-to-breathe-while-tears-run-down-your-cheeks hilarious. Dory, the youngest of three siblings, has an interesting imagination, inventing all sorts of make-believe personalities including: best friend Mary (the monster who lives under her bed), Mrs. Gobble Gracker (enemy #1) and Mr. Nuggy, her fairy godmother. In her attempt to gain the attention and affection of her older siblings, Dory gets caught up in all kinds of trouble, but ultimately proves her mettle with bravery. The funny black-and-white illustrations will entertain kids while Dory’s big personality will endear her to parents.
Dory is, in my mind at least, a cross between Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Greg Heffley (of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame) and has all the makings of a classic character. While this isn’t exactly a new publication (it came out last fall), the new sequel is, so I recommend checking out both at the same time because you will definitely want to know what she gets up to next.
It’s 1976, and Sunny Lewin is excited for summer vacation. But at the last minute, she’s sent to Florida to spend it with her grandfather - who lives in a retirement community. Sunny is lonely and bored at first, but after making a new friend, she discovers a love of comic books and adventure. In this new environment, she’s able to reflect on the reason for the unexpected trip – the difficult year her family has spent coping with her older brother’s drug use.
Written as a graphic novel and inspired by the real-life experience of the authors, Sunny Side Up is a compelling story that explores the guilt, sadness and confusion experienced by those who love someone struggling with addiction.
Tamaya Dhilwaddi is a fifth grader at Woodbridge Academy who lives and breathes the ten virtues valued by the school (Charity, Cleanliness, Courage, Empathy, Grace, Humility, Integrity, Patience, Prudence, Temperance) and thrives on routine. Every day she walks to school with her seventh grade neighbour, Marshall Walsh, but lately he’s become distant and unfriendly. After the new kid, Chad Hilligas, threatens to beat him up, Marshall leads Tamaya home via a “shortcut” through the forbidden woods behind the school to evade him. But there’s something much more dangerous lurking in the woods, and it could threaten the very future of the world.
This clever mystery-thriller offers plenty of discussion points, making it a great read for both parents and kids.
Coming in December...
Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m reading next… which titles (if any) will make the cut? Find out next month!