Fall books for kids of all ages

| September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

back to schoolBack-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine.

Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan Hanna, close during the first few weeks of the new school year. The Pout-Pout fish is a kinderguppy who feels like he’ll never fit in and he’s not very smart. The Pout-Pout fish struggles through school until he feels like it’s no use and he shouldn’t come back. With a repetitive refrain kids most schoolchildren have said at some point, the Pout-Pout Fish is a book filled with expressive pictures and lyrical words. This is the third Pout-Pout Fish book.

Little Elliot Big City, written and illustrated by Mike Curato, is another book young children will want to read over and over again. Little Elliot is a small elephant in a big city. Like most small things in a big city, he feels lost and alone. Little Elliot discovers a way to feel better by helping someone else. This realization helps him understand that he’s not really alone. The story is charming, with a few, impactful words nestled among gorgeous illustrations. Little Elliot Big City is the first story in this new series. Mike Curato created a high standard for his future Little Elliot books.

Awesome Inventions You Use Every Day is a fun book series from Lerner Publications Company. There are many interesting titles targeting tweens. We reviewed Stinky Sanitation Inventions by Katie Marsico and Marvelous Medical Inventions by Ryan Jacobson. Our girls’ fifth grade science class is learning about fecal matter or, as they like to call it, poop, dung, turd, number two or dukey. Stinky Sanitation Inventions gives the history of twelve different sanitation devices from flushable toilets to pooper-scoopers. The side stories gave our girls a lot to talk about the next school day. Marvelous Medical Inventions investigates x-rays, toothpaste, laser surgery and more. There are enough details to give tweens some interesting history and many cringe-worthy moments. In fact, the cringes start on the first page with an illustration of a Medieval toilet. If I ever make it to a Medieval castle, I will look for these primitive bathrooms.

Middle school readers will find Fourth Down and Inches, Concussions and Football’s Make or Break Moments, by Carla Killough McClafferty, a fascinating look at football’s concussion issue. The book goes back to the first football game, following football’s history as it reveals the controversy surrounding  concussions from the football player’s and the family’s perspective. I didn’t realize that players have been dying after hard hits for as long a football has been played. So much has been made about how today’s players are bigger and stronger than the founding players. The reality is it’s not the size, but the hits that matter. This book was a revealing look at the causes, the issues and the personal stories. At the end, when you read about the author’s personal connection to head injuries, it’s a twist you wish no one ever had to suffer through again.

 

Shari writes about life with her tween twin daughters at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of The Pout-Pout Fish.

Disclosure:  I did receive review copies of each book. My words and opinions are my own.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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