100 (Plus 5) Must-Read Books for Young Readers
Please refresh the page and retry. F rom polite penguins to robotic bees, here are the best tales of for young readers. Steve Antony is a huge hit with parents, because his books all stress the virtues of behaving well. But the engaging illustrations and zappy prose ensure that children never suspect they are being preached to. In a simple yet skilful plot, only the penguin has the patience to wait and see. But in this delightful story, Spinderella overcomes her fears, and comes up with an innovative way to teach her siblings how to count.
This post is sponsored by Look Past by Eric Devine. Look Past is a gripping murder mystery involving a transgender teen and a fundamentalist religious sect. Avery is a trans boy who was in love with his friend Mary, but was shunned by her conservative reverend father. Mary is murdered in a brutal way because of her love for Avery, and he could be next. With the entire town caught in the grip of fear, the killer remains at large. However, the problem I ran into when my daughters were just learning to read was the large amount of books available to young readers in drastically different levels of difficulty. Numbered readers often varied in level from one publisher to another.
But the 30 books on this list are some of my favorites. Her YA historical novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon transport readers to the s and s, introducing diverse characters and plots that keep you hooked. But with her latest, Lee writes less about history and more about love—with a bit of magical realism tossed in the mix. Well, she uses her sensitive sense of smell to mix love potions. So what happens when Mimosa wants to fall in love?
A boy named Darkus attempts to find his missing father—with help from his friends, as well as a remarkably intelligent rhinoceros beetle—in this rip-roaring first book in a trilogy, a promising debut for British writer Leonard. Archer Magill gains a broader view of what contemporary masculinity can look like in this warm and witty novel from Newbery Medalist Peck, which nimbly incorporates bullying, gay marriage, media circuses, and other of-the-moment topics. Reynolds hits the ground running in this series opener, and so does his protagonist, seventh-grader Castle Crenshaw, who finds refuge from past family trauma in a local track team. Future books, which will focus on Castle's teammates, can't arrive fast enough. Telgemeier again delves deeply into the relationship between siblings. In this supernaturally inflected graphic novel, sisters Cat and Maya move to a coastal California town because of Maya's cystic fibrosis, spurring new understandings of mortality and human connection.
Please refresh the page and retry. D ave is a caveman who lives with his friends, blue bird and squirrel. Dave likes his cave, but one day thinks that if he went out into the world he might find an even better place to live. So, club in hand, the bearded and leopard-skinned adventurer sets off. Dave wide awake… Dave want new cave. This time, it is a missing father and, as she explains in a letter to the reader at the back of the book, the story is autobiographical.