Looking for a book to read with your elementary school aged kids, but you’ve already made your way through the classics? We’ve put together a list of some fun newer books that will sure to please!
How well can you pull off a British accent? Honestly, it would help, but isn’t necessary when you sit down to read Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk. Gaiman is known for tales much darker and scarier than this one, but his spot-on sense of humor is ever present. This hilarious tale about time travel, vampires, ponies, and milk is a quick read that is sure to become a family favorite. After you finish, you might want to try out Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, a story that almost made this list, too.
Newbery award winner, The One and Only Ivan will have big appeal to kids who care about animals. While fictional, the story was inspired by a real lowland gorilla named Ivan. The fictional Ivan was put on display in a shopping mall for most of his life, and the story follows him as he realizes that he is held captive and that he deserves more. This is a well-told, beautifully written story, but be warned that this is not written for younger or highly sensitive children. You may get a little choked up while reading!
Before writing The Hunger Games, author Suzanne Collins wrote a middle-grade fantasy series called Underland Chronicles. The first (and best) book in the series, Gregor the Overlander, tells the tale of a boy whose father has gone missing. Living for years without his father, one day Gregor is sucked through a hole in his laundry room into a dark land below New York City. This is an action packed read that will have kids wishing for bedtime.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret was made into an excellent movie in 2011, but (as typically is the case) the book is still better. Brian Selznick’s charming work of historical fiction looks like a beheamoth, coming in at 533 pages, but nearly half of the book is beautiful charcoal drawings that add depth and interest to story. Following a ragamuffin orphan that lives in the Paris train station at the start of the 20th century, this story is filled with wonder, excitement, sadness, and humor. A real gem that already feels like a classic.
And don’t forget to check out our new program, the Read Aloud Book Club! Each week I’ll read a book aloud, have a discussion and do a fun activity. All kindergartners through 3rd graders are invited, and no registration is required. We’d love to see you there! Visit our calendar for more info!