More and more areas are starting school earlier- or, in some places, going year-round, but in my neck of the woods, the end of August is still the time parents rejoice. Children moan. Teachers hope for well behaved kids (and parents).
Back to school.
I sure hope kids are still encouraged to read, even in this day of technology. Whether the favorable eco-friendly Kindle or Tablet, or the beautiful smell of a paperback, in all it’s paper glory- Books are books and reading remains one of the best daily relaxing escapes from our real world.
Here are some new releases (2018) that are recommended for 2nd – 4th graders:
- Mega Bat, By Anna Humphrey: A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
Is it a ghost? A creaky floorboard? Or…is it MegaBat
Young Whit and the Traitor’s Treasure, By Phil Lollar and Dave Arnold: This Odyssey book series explores the history of the much-loved character John Avery Whittaker. The series introduces newcomers to the larger world of Odyssey. For readers who are already Odyssey-philes, the novels provide the history of the franchise’s most important character.
- The Day you Begin, By Jacqueline Woodson: National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
Check them out and tell me how you like them!
What other books do you recommend for the middle grade ages?
Do you have favorites that you remember?