Eve's Picks

The BFG Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142410387
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

This is one of our family’s all-time favorite read-alouds. It has all the Dahl elements: plucky kid, silly and sometimes threatening monsters, rollicking plot. Plus this title has his best wordplay and punny inventiveness. Though I don’t recommend starting it at bedtime as the opening scene is a little scary. The rest of the book is fine for tenderhearted readers. After all, it is about a Big Friendly Giant.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Cover Image
By Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689707490
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 1982

As a kid it was the picture of the giant peanut butter sandwich that stayed with me. In my 30’s I found a children’s librarian (aren’t they brilliant?) who told me what book contained that image. Don’t you wonder which picture your child will find mindboggling. This is a classic.

Fortunately Cover Image
By Remy Charlip, Remy Charlip (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689716607
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Published: Aladdin - March 31st, 1993

This is a classic from 1964. I grew up with it and was so happy to find it still in print to share with my kids. They loved it! We once spent a snowy weekend with about 8 kids (and lived to tell the tale!) and this was the hands-down group favorite. We read it repeatedly with rousing choruses of “FORTUNATELY” and “UNFORTUNATELY.” There’s a reason this is still around. It’s simply great.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060245863
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Published: HarperCollins - October 6th, 2015

This was one of the first books my daughter memorized. She was about 3 and we had been reading it every day for a year. We are huge fans of the Bond/Numeroff team and this is their best. A modern classic!

Mercy Watson to the Rescue Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763645045
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Published: Candlewick - December 22nd, 2009

This is a delightful romp for new readers by an award-winning author. With enough sparkly pictures to encourage young readers to keep turning pages and an adorable pig as heroine we cheer this new series. Make up a plate of toast and dig in!

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060760908
Availability: Backordered
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

Smart Delphine, sassy Vonetta, and little Fern are sisters off to visit their mother in Oakland in the summer of 1968. They leave their father and grandmother, Big Ma, to see their mom for the first time since she left them and their home in Brooklyn after Fern was born. But when they get to Oakland they don't receive the anticipated warm hugs from their long-lost mother. Instead, they get brisk, strict instructions and severe warnings not to enter Cecile's kitchen. (One of those instructions was to call her Cecile, not Mom.) Read as Delphine and her sisters attend and help at a Black Panther summer camp, go into San Francisco for a day of sightseeing, and find out who they and their mother really are. One Crazy Summer is a good book for ages 9-13 -- by Josie, age 12 :)

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

This is a wonderful mix of classic (think The Secret Garden) and modern (one of the girls struggles with her quick temper and the 4-year-old NEVER takes off her butterfly wings). The sister relationships are varied and realistic, and the plot is fun for younger kids as a read-aloud and older kids who will sympathize with the early growing pains of the oldest sister.

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141321592
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Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

Anne of Green Gables? Did someone say Anne of Green Gables?? I personally L-O-V-E love this book. I mean, how can you not love a story about a girl who sets her best friend drunk (by accident of course), mistakenly dyes her hair green, flavors a cake with liniment, and all sorts of other odd things of that sort? This spunky lively imaginative redhead will really make your day. Or week (it’s a relatively long book.) --Josie, age 10

Clementine Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786838837
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2008

Clementine is a good book. Sometimes life just isn’t fair, especially when you have a brother who didn’t get stuck with a food name. Besides, it’s not Clementine’s fault if she gets in trouble all the time. --Josie, age 8

How to Train Your Dragon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316085274
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2010

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a rather ordinary Viking finding it hard to be a hero. Hiccup is the son and heir of the Hairy Hooligans and a lot is expected of him like capturing and taming a vicious dragon called a Monstrous Nightmare. Plus he has to compete against his cousin, Snotlout, a natural-born hero. This is a story of becoming a hero the hard way. --Matteo, age 9

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423133087
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - September 14th, 2010

Piggie and Gerald are best friends, but sometimes they feel mad, sad, or other emotions! I read these books all the time, and you should too! --Matteo, age 6

Library Lion Cover Image
By Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763637842
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Published: Candlewick - June 25th, 2009

I can’t quite put my finger on why I like this book so much. Here’s some of my thinking:

1. I love books about books.

2. It has an old-fashioned quality—sweet and gentle but not fusty.

3. It’s about knowing when it’s OK, even necessary, to break the rules.

4. I adore the picture of the lion letting children stand on him to reach the highest shelves.

All of that adds up to my heartfelt recommendation that you buy this book for a deserving child. And, yes, they’re all deserving.

The Ruins of Gorlan: Book 1 (Ranger's Apprentice #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142406632
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Published: Puffin Books - June 8th, 2006

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (Secrets of Droon #1): The Hidden Stairs And The Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon #1) Cover Image
By Tony Abbott, Tim Jessell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590108393
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 1999

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316075749
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2011

If you like stories about adventure mice, especially ones that have characters named General Marchmouse in them, you should read Tumtum and Nutmeg. It is about a mouse couple who have three General Marchmouse adventures that almost ruin the wonderful, happy lives the two hold very close to themselves. Together the mice must work to save themselves from the evil vicious Aunt Ivy a rodent-hating school teacher, and the mouse-killing pirating River Rats. Tumtum and Nutmeg is a very enjoyable book. --Josie, age 8