Here at Momtrends, we are constantly in search of entertaining books that will challenge and fine-tune kids’ reading skills. If you make reading a priority in your home, your kids will not only foster a love for books, but also they will improve their reading levels in school over time. Not to mention, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a special bonding activity for the entire family. To help you get started, here is our list of brand new selections hand-picked for your favorite young readers.
While You Were Nappingby Jenny Offill, illustrated by Barry Blitt features a big sister who is all too thrilled to share with her napping brother what really happens when he falls fast asleep. From robots and firetrucks to astronauts and pirates, she conjures up quite the imaginative tale meant to poke fun at her poor, slumbering sibling. With elaborate illustrations adorned on each page and just the right amount of easy text to decipher, this bedtime story is sure to become your child’s most wanted read.
Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome!) by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley is the second book in this series centering on librarian extraordinaire Mrs. Brooks. Every morning before school, she reads to her story hour group emphasizing the important elements of telling a tale. Yet when the lights go out one day, she must improvise to create an imaginary account which just happens to give her young student Missy the wherewithal to confront a menacing bully.
Speaking of bullies, Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean by actress Jane Lynch from Glee, Lara Embry Ph.D., and A. E. Mikesell addresses this very topic in this beautifully illustrated picture book aimed to teach and entertain. Marlene has donned herself the queen of the playground frightening the other children with her menacing stare. Yet when big Freddy musters up the courage to stop the bully in her tracks, the kids all begin to wonder if Marlene will ever truly be able to change.
Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey is the newest release by the creator of Traction Man and Toys in Space. In this combination mystery and adventure story, Hermelin the mouse has many talents. Believe it or not, he can read and type. And yes, he is able to solve mysteries for the residents of Offley Street, too! When his appreciative neighbors team up to throw him a party, the folks are rather taken aback to learn their mighty hero is simply a tiny mouse.
With the cold winter months heading our way, why not bundle up on the couch now and get ready by checking out Blizzard by John Rocco. Based on the Blizzard of 1978 when forty inches of snow covered the state of Rhode Island, it’s the story of one family’s heroic struggle to help their neighbors in need. With a backdrop of wintry illustrations to enhance the storyline, this new Disney-Hyperion release makes for a perfect bedtime read.
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