Thursday, April 30, 2020

Did you know that reading books aloud with your kids is one of the best ways to support their learning and love of literature? To help you find great books to read aloud, our children’s librarian made a list of her favorite. All these books are available for checkout with your library card or school lunch number on the Libby or Overdrive app. Learn more about our digital content here.  

  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    • “When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll."-Publisher's description.
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
    • Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    • “Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.” -Overdrive
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
    • When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • The novel follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, from childhood into maturity. The journey is not an easy one, and each is humbled and ultimately uplifted by her encounters with love, society and death. The work is based loosely on Alcott's experiences growing up with three sisters.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
    • After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
  • The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
    • The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
    • “All children, except one, grow up." So begins the journey of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling as they follow Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, to a world where fairies live, and children can fly. But beware—dangers abound in this magical land of mermaids, Indians, and fairy dust. There’s always an adventure to be had in Neverland. so, come along with the Darling children as they soar into the night sky "second star to the right and straight on till morning." -Overdrive
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. 
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    • Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
    • “This complete and unabridged original tale, which provided us with the best-loved classic movie starring Judy Garland, stands on its own as a great modern-day fairy tale. It is the story of a little girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, who are whisked away on a cyclone from their drab Kansas home to a land of adventure and achievement, inhabited by such creatures as a Cowardly Lion, a Tin Woodman, an animate Scarecrow, witches, munchkins, and the Wizard himself. Join them on their enchanting journey along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful Wizard in the enchanted Emerald City.” -Overdrive