On average, we have about 65-75 books checked out from our library at a time. We love sharing our favorite newer books (especially on Instagram), but I also want to highlight the ones my children ask for again and again each month. This includes newly published books and stories that have been around for a number of years. This month our family was particularly loving books about baked goods and stories set in medieval times!
We always love recommendations, so please comment below with books your kids or students are loving!
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There Are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach, 2019
(Ages 4 – 8)
This clever tale about an orange cat named Muffin who watches over a bakery, could not be more charming! While perusing the outside of the bakery one night, Muffin hears strange sounds coming from the backroom and discovers a surprise visitor.
The teacher in me loves the descriptive language and the skillful use of onomatopoeia and similes in this book, so I was thrilled when my children asked to read it again and again. They were immediately drawn in by the engaging illustrations and adored the comical ending. This entertaining read aloud is sure to be a hit in both classrooms and homes.
King Hugo’s Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen, 2011
(Ages 5 – 10)
Oh, how my family loves Chris Van Dusen’s books! King Hugo’s Huge Ego is our recent favorite starring a pompous king who can’t stop talking about himself. When he crosses a sorceress, she places a curse on him that causes his head to get larger each time he speaks an arrogant comment. The rich, detailed illustrations perfectly compliment the amusing rhyming text. This enchanting fairy tale is a must read!
Three Grumpy Trucks by Todd Tarpley ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, 2018
(Ages 2 – 5)
My three-year-old could not get enough of this adorable book this month. The story follows three construction vehicles as they dig, scoop, and dump at a playground. When their owner, a little girl in a hardhat, attempts to bring them home, they throw a toddler-like tantrum.
Both parents and toddlers will appreciate the humor in this book. I loved reading aloud the upbeat rhymes filled with onomatopoeia and my daughter enjoyed it so much, she had the book memorized by the time we had to return it to the library.
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann ; illustrated by Ben Mantle, 2015
(Ages 4 – 8)
Knowing my kindergartner’s love for dragons and the There Was an Old Lady series by Lucille Colandro, I had no doubt this was going to be a huge hit in our house. This medieval version of the classic song uses the same bouncy rhyming cadence to share the story of a dragon who eats a myriad of things from a squire to an entire castle. “There was an old dragon who swallowed a knight. I don’t know why he swallowed a knight. It’s not polite!”
While the reader is not sure why the dragon swallows the knight (and everything else), one thing is clear; this is an entertaining read aloud that begs to be shared again and again.
The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee ; illustrated by Isabel Roxas, 2013
(Ages 3 – 6)
My donut loving kids adore this humorous tale. A little boy dressed as a sheriff is accompanied by his dog, Deputy, as they embark on an errand to retrieve donuts for the family. When the boy notices one of the donuts is smashed, he tries to even it out by taking a few nibbles. Before he knows it, he has devoured the entire thing leaving a trail of powdered sugar around his mouth. Unaware of the evidence left behind, he is stunned by his friends and family’s knowledge of his mischievous deed. This is one of those silly, fun books that never gets stale.