Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: read aloud

Beginning Chapter Books

chapter book display
null

Beginning chapter books, or transitional chapter books, are often the next step in reading once children have moved beyond early/beginning readers. With short chapters and illustrations, beginning chapter books are designed to help newly independent readers build their stamina and learn how to pick reading material that appeals to them. For those same reasons, beginning chapter books also make great read-alouds for families with children of various ages, as well as excellent choices for younger children who are reading at a higher level but still need books with appropriate subject matter.

If you need beginning chapter books, you can always check out our display of new books by the Youth Services desk, or contact us (kidsread@mppl.org) and let us know what you need and we can pull some options for you to choose from.

Anti-racist Books and Resources for Families

In turbulent times, we realize it can be helpful to use literature as a way to discuss and explain difficult situations with your children. MPPL Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books and resources to assist you as you discuss events with the youngest members of your family.

Books @ MPPL

Anti-racist Books for Families
Anti-racist Books for Pre-K-K
Anti-racist Books for grades 2-4
Anti-racist Books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)

You can place holds on these items for parking lot pick up, or many of them are also available from Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, and RBdigital.

Hoopla collection of Audiobooks, “Talking to Kids About Race”

Resources

These resources have been vetted by library staff, however, since they are outside sites, we are not responsible for the content.

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS

Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families

Racial Equity Tools: Children, Families, and Youth Development

Talking to Kids About Race

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-racism Resources for All Ages, curated by Dr. Nicole Cooke

Harry Potter at Home & The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Join Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, and others as they read chapters from the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Videos of each chapter reading are posted on the Web site, Wizarding World, along with other fun activities that can be done at home. This book as well as the more in the Harry Potter series are also available as e-books and e-audios through OverDrive/Libby.

J.K. Rowling has also released a free new e-book, The Ickabog, which has new chapters posting weekly. Along with reading this new book, there is a drawing competition and selected artwork that wins will be featured in the print version of The Ickabog.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Ickabog

E-book – The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The-Day-The-Crayons-Quit-Cover-Image

This book is adorable.  Duncan goes to get his crayons out at school one day and finds a stack of letters.  Each one is written by a different color crayon. Each has his reasons for needing a break.  Red feels over used because of holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Gray doesn’t like to have to be used for such big animals like elephants and hippos. Black doesn’t like being use for outlining things while the other colors are used to fill in. Of course there is drama as well. Yellow and Orange crayons are arguing about who should be the color of the sun and are no longer speaking to each other. I love how Duncan makes all the crayons happy in the end.

The Day the Crayons Quit and other books in the series are available from Libby/Overdrive. 

E-book & E-audio- The Good Egg

It’s hard to be a good egg when everyone else is so rotten! A companion to The Bad Seed, this funny, thought provoking book will surely cause you and your family to laugh out loud, or at the very least, crack a smile.

The Good Egg book cover

Available from Hoopla as e-audio and from Libby/Overdrive as an e-book.

Book reviewed by Julie J., Assistant Head of Youth Services.