Read the Rainbow! To celebrate Pride Month this June, Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books that feature diverse families, identities, and ways of living. Everyone needs to see themselves reflected in books (and the world around them), and we also grow when we learn about people who are different from us!
Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Early Readers
Can dogs learn how to read? In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school. Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read. Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!
James is a very picky eater. He finds broccoli disgusting and milk repulsive. There are also many other foods he does not like, but Dad knows that James need to eat and drink these things. After all, we wouldn’t want to hurt the troll’s feelings that lives in the basement and makes the family’s food. This 2014 Monarch nominee book is great if you are just starting to read chapter books. The chapters are short and there are some really funny pictures. Also, James’s dad comes up with some great ideas for why James needs to eat his food.
Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian
This post was updated 05/07/2020
Charlie & Mouse is a fun early reader book about two brothers who also happen to be great friends. They go to a neighborhood party that has a surprise twist, come up with a plan to make money, and invent a new bedtime ritual that just might get better with time. They are good at detecting “lumps” and waking them up early in the morning. If you enjoy Charlie & Mouse, there’s another book, too. Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy is all about the weekend of fun the brothers spend with their grandpa.