Patch Picks: Five Great Children’s Books
Keep the tradition of Read Across America going with these top picks.
Last week people throughout the United States participated in Read Across America. To keep the tradition going past last week, we found a few books that appeal to children of various ages.
1. American Girl Series
The historical series reaches girls who are in the later elementary school years. Tales girls living during the Great Depression, World War II, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and more will stay with your daughters far past the first time they read the stories about the different characters. They will read tales of bravery, shenanigans and learning with the characters in the books while learning about themselves.
2. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
From the Waukesha Public Library website:
“If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....
“The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.”
3. Chronicles of Narnia
As with all great books, before there was the movie, there was the book. C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia are classics that have their way of working into the hearts of boys and girls alike. Talking beavers, a stone table, a prince fighting for his life, a journey to far off islands, magic rings and Aslan are just some of the things found in the seven books that take you to another world.
4. Mr. Men and Little Miss Series
Roger Hargreaves books for children delight child and parent. While targeted for a younger audience while teaching them life lessons through stories like Little Miss Tidy, Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Happy.
5. Henry Huggins
Beverly Cleary’s stories about Ramona Quimby didn’t stop there. Cleary takes young readers through the life of Ramona’s neighbor Henry Huggins as he tries to navigate life in his neighborhood. The book offers an opportunity for boys to read their own adventures.