A Series of Unfortunate Events
Recommended by Hannah from Dayton and Sonora from Yerington, A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great first chapter book for middle schoolers. Following the tail of Count Olaf and his three newly acquired dependents, the Baudelaires, this series of 13 novels makes for a great story your middle schooler can enjoy for years. Olaf, a bit of a mysterious and murderous relative, sets up scenarios aimed at ridding his life of the children while claiming their inheritance after the Baudelaires’ parents’ death. We know – this doesn’t sound like a children’s book series. However, they are a great introduction to many of the things children experience growing up and make for a great read as a family.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Mandy, our programming director, recommends this classic children’s book! Meant for a much younger audience than the previous pick, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally released in 1969. This book is rich in its illustration, grabbing young kids’ attention with bright, hand-drawn pictures. This book follows the life cycle of a caterpillar from egg to butterfly over the course of 22 pages and makes for a great science introduction for young ones.
Literally anything from Dr. Seuss
One of Michaela’s favorites, who doesn’t like Dr. Seuss? If you don’t, you might be a moose. His books are great for all shapes and sizes. You can make up your own rhymes; he doesn’t disguise his. From A Cat in the Hat to Horton Hears a Who, our Club CPO Travis likes them too! With more than 60 books to choose from, you’ll never run out, so find a copy or two and see what they’re all about!
Dragons Love Tacos One & Two
Now here’s a book any sane person can relate to, including Tommy, our teen director. Released in 2012 (with an equally delicious sequel in 2017), the series has claimed two No. 1 spots on the New York Times bestseller list. The series confirms what we’ve known all along – dragons love tacos. As the author tries to throw a perfect dragon party, he makes sure there’s plenty to go around. What goes great with tacos? Salsa? But what happens when a fire-breathing beast eats spicy food? Well, you’ll have to read along with the family to find out.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Just as witty and relevant today as it was when Shel Silverstein released it in 1974, Where the Sidewalk Ends is the perfect way to crack your young one into the world of poetry. Full of short poems, both about concerns that face every child and ones that spur their imagination, this collection is a fan favorite that has passed the test of time. The illustrations are detailed and add greatly to the meaning of each poem. This is a great pick from Miss Sarah, and Michaela also tossed in The Giving Tree, another piece by the illustrious Shel Silverstein.