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Books for Kids (ages 6-8)

 

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg

By Lori Mortensen; illus. by Michael Allen Austin

 (Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Trying to give a dog a bath is often a situation ripe for laughs, but add a cowboy named Clyde and his dirty “dawg”  and you’ve got one hilarious adventure!  You can get a country twang going as you read about the stunts Dawg pulls to avoid getting a bath, while Clyde soaks other animals in the process. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

That’s Not a Good Idea!

By Mo Willems

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

When a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose, a yummy dinner is on his mind.  He invites the goose to go for a walk that ends with a visit to his kitchen.  As Mama Goose accompanies Mr. Fox through the woods and into his lair, her babies are constantly shouting the warning, “That is not a good idea!”  But who needs to heed the warning, Mama Goose or Mr. Fox?  You won’t want to miss yet another hilarious offering by Mo Willems, author of the Elephant and Piggy series, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.   (Format: Print)

 

 

  

Hi, Koo!  A Year of Seasons

By John J. Muth

(Juvenile Poetry; ages 4-8 years)

Hi, Koo! features haiku about the four seasons.  Featuring Koo, the little panda introduced in Muth’s Zen Ties, this ode to the natural world will enchant many young readers.  Muth does not strictly adhere to the traditional English understanding of haiku’s form (i.e. the five, seven, five syllable rule), thou he does adhere more closely than most to the traditional Japanese focus on nature.  For added fun, you can follow the alphabetical path Muth creates with capitalized words.  As always, Muth’s illustrations, created with watercolor and ink, are soft, inviting, and whimsical.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Who’s on First? 

By Abbott & Costello; illus. by John Martz

(Picture Book; ages 5-10 years, but shh, it’s really for adults!)

Third base!!  The only time you will laugh harder is watching the actual Abbott and Costello classic comedy sketch. “Who’s on first?  What’s on second?  I Don’t Know’s on third” comes alive in this wonderful children’s picture book.  The illustrations are perfect: bold, big, and full of comical expressions.  I’m 100% positive this children’s book is for the parent.  But, you know, we can share, too.  Genius.  (Format: Print).

  

 

 

World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

By J. Patrick Lewis; illus. by Anna Raff

(Juvenile Poetry; ages 5-12 years)

After reading this book I bet “ewe” will never forget that June 14 is Ohio Sheep Day!  Don’t forget to appreciate your favorite dragon on January 16 – Dragon Appreciation Day.  Fun illustrations, featuring a cute group of rodents, accompany clever poems to educate the reader about wacky  - and real  -  holidays.   (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 Lifetime: the Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives 

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. by Christopher Silas Neal

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span. Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is. Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction.  (Format: Print)

 

  

 

Lifetime

By Lola M. Schaefer; illus. Christopher Silas Neal

(Juvenile Non-fiction; ages 5-8 years)

Did you know that in one lifetime a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers and an alligator will build 22 nests (and lay 550 eggs!)?  Kids will pore over this non-fiction picture book that shares fascinating facts about different animals through the framework of each animal’s average adult life span.  Informative appendices give additional information about each animal featured and explain what an average is.  Perfect for the curious young child who prefers fact to fiction. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

The Year of Billy Miller

By Kevin Henkes

(Juvenile Fiction; ages 6-8)

When Billy Miller tells his father he’s afraid he won’t be smart enough for  second grade, his dad tells him that he’ll be fine and declares it the “Year of Billy Miller”. This short, satisfying novel by the multi-talented Henkes follows Billy’s travails and triumphs over the course of the school-year as he deals with a know-it-all classmate and an annoying little sister.  This funny but realistic story for the younger chapter-book reader features a boy protagonist that many readers have compared to Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby.  And that’s darn good company to be in! (Format: Print)

  

  

 

Maudie and Bear

By Jan Ormerod; illus. Freya Blackwood

(Picture Book; ages 5 - 8 years)

This charming duo stars in five vignettes; each will put a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart.  You will fall in love with Maudie, a young girl full of moxie and pluck, and Bear, a kind and gentle friend.  This is the kind of book that makes you want to cuddle up and read it again and again. (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Dear Santasaurus

By Stacy McAnulty; illus. Jef Kaminsky

(Picture Book; ages 5-8 years)

Ernest B. Spinosaurus is a very rambunctious young dinosaur, the kind whose Christmas present is already broken by New Year’s Day.  Throughout the year, Ernest keeps Santasaurus abreast of his behavior, and his Christmas present request, by writing letters.  Follow along with Ernest’s year, and his attempts to be good, as you read his letters.  The illustrations add substance and fill in some of the story (usually the parts Ernest leaves out, of course).  This is an amusing story, just right for the young elementary set.  (Format: Print)

 

 

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