A Look at Five Great Family Reads!

January 12, 2018 | Eleni

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In celebration of Family Literacy Month, we’ve put together a reading list with great recommended reads for your whole family to enjoy! Here is an in-depth look at five of our titles, and why we think they’d be great choices for you and your family.

  1. Picture the Sky by Barbara Reid

This story reminds us that we all share the same sky – a beautiful, ever-changing canvas that we watch during storms and create shapes with using clouds. The illustrations are breathtaking and the story encourages us to take time to see all the beautiful things around us and enjoy the moment.  Don’t miss Reid’s upcoming hands-on program this month at several branches across the city.

Picture the Sky by Barbara Reid

  1. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

This interactive picture book invites readers to touch and tap illustrations to see how trees change through the seasons. The prompts promote fine-motor development and sensory/play experiences by physically interacting with the pages and pictures. It also presents opportunities for families to discuss seasons and changing weather, and their effects on nature.

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

  1. My Weird School Goes to the Museum by Dan Gutman

The quirky My Weird School characters are back! This hilarious book quickly catches the reader’s attention and will keep families hooked until the very end. It is also a great pick for beginner readers seeking a story with longer sentences and a more detailed plot.

My Weird School Goes to the Museum by Dan Gutman

  1. The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson

This story raises awareness and generates discussion about water pollution and environmental issues. This book can be a great reference for families when discussing what they can do to help protect the environment. It also exposes the reader to several Ojibwe words, such as nokomis (grandmother) and niichii (friend), which are listed along with their pronunciations at the back of the book.

The Water Walker by Joanne Robertson

  1. Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Calling all readers and library supporters who defend the right to have access to all reading materials! Ban This Book is an inspirational children’s fiction novel that addresses issues of censorship for children in libraries. Gratz does this by incorporating into his story novels that have “been challenged or banned in an American Library at least once in the last thirty years.”  This includes titles such as Matilda by Roald Dahl and The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. A great read for families, this book combines subjects such as family, self-discovery and standing up for what you believe in!

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz