New Classic Books for Children: I'm a huge advocate of the adage, "out with the old and in with the new" especially when it comes to books for kids. You'll never ever find me throwing a book away, as there are so many ways to give back and recycle books that have been read over and over, but there comes a time when your child outgrows a book and is ready to move on.
Here's where a new crop of stories makes their grand entrance and you may find that you like these books even more than your children.
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld:
No one is too small to do something big. That is the message one takes away after reading the memorable tale of Cloudette. With perfect illustrations to go with a timeless lesson, this is the type of book one would call "a new classic." Buy Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld on Amazon
The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer
A story like this can't get much better. The plot line? Hilarious. The language? Complex but relatable. The illustrations? Simple and intriguing.The Obstinate Pen in question is as mischievous as they come until he is fully appreciated by the proper handler. Everyone will get a kick out of the pen's antics and once your child knows the meaning of the word "obstinate", getting them to use it in a sentence is worth the read alone. BuyThe Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer
Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russel
Prequel to Brown Rabbit in the City (also a winner), Moon Rabbit is a fantastic read for children who are experiencing a move or are going through a tough transition. Moon Rabbit leaves her city home and meets Brown Rabbit in the country. After a while, she misses her home and goes back. But what about Brown Rabbit? Don't worry. They find a charming compromise which makes for a great opener in that tricky conversation. Buy Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russel on Amazon
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
Everyone has felt embarrassed, ignored, or taken for granted by their family at one point or another. And so it is for 12-year-old Fern who constantly feels invisible, except by her best friend Ran who is a source of calm in her otherwise chaotic family life. In this one, there is a bit of comedy and a bit of tragedy and a lifelong lesson you will want to instill in your child. This is not a story for the littles---10 and up is recommended. Reading this one together is also a good choice since themes presented require some open conversation. Just as The Hunger Games has hooked the young and old alike, you'll grasp onto this one and won't want to let it go. Buy See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles on Amazon
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