Here is a list of new fall reads for kids that Lillian (our children's department expert) created for the PTSA at Maple Elementary School in Southeast Seattle. The latest trend in library science focuses on supplementing academics, so this list balances that goal with new and fun books to get kids into reading.
A sweet and suspenseful (what an unusual combination!) chapter book about a mouse finding her place in the world. It is also a fantastic read-aloud. I loved it (ages 5 to 8).
This is a wonderful, silly, nonsense-filled poetry collection that reminds me of Where the Sidewalk Ends in the best possible way (ages 4 and up).
Magical Animals, Science, Secrets and Mysteries - what more could you want from an early chapter book? It also works well as a read-aloud. This a great new series with broad appeal (ages 5 to 8).
Arthur is an unlikely hero chosen to save his town in this picture book based on Norse Myth. I love the illustrations and didn't mind reading it a hundred times. There's a thrilling ending, too (ages 4 and up).
Book 4 is out now! If you haven't tried this illustrated early chapter book about a group of villains trying to improve their ways, it's time to get started. It's a lot of fun (ages 5 to 8).
Just call it an adventure like Hatchet, but set in the Amazon and so many kids will want to read it - thrilling, suspenseful, and well-written. It's a winner (ages 8 and up).
Girl power and getting over personal demons in the 2nd book in Reynold's track series. He is one of the best middle grade (and teen) writers right now. Don't miss him (ages 10 and up).
An orphaned, fox-like character named Number Thirteen is the star of this rich, magical, heavily illustrated fantasy novel. A story of finding oneself that would make a great read-aloud (ages 9 and up).
New from the author of The One and Only Ivan! This story is narrated by an oak tree that lives outside of an elementary school. A unique and timely novel (ages 8 and up).
There are never enough good mysteries! Two kids partner up to follow clues and solve the mystery of stolen jewels and murder (ages 8 and up).