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10 Recommended Books

for Kids by Kids

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Books your kids are sure to love.

“Daisy-Head Mayzie” by Dr. Seuss

“My favorite book is Daisy-Head Mayzie” by Dr. Seuss. I like this book because it’s just plain silly! It’s very funny and makes me laugh.” – Anna, age 5

“Ella Enchanted” by Gail Carson Levine

“Out of the hundreds of books I’ve read, my favorite is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It is about a spunky, determined girl named Ella who was cursed with obedience at birth by a naïve fairy named Lucinda. Ella takes matters into her own hands and searcher for Lucinda, It’s a great novel filled with bravery, magic, and romance. You learn that what’s inside you is stronger than anything, even spells.” – John, age 9

"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

“My favorite book is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I like it because it’s about a boy who loves a tree. As the boy grows older, the tree gives all she has to him.” – Holley, age 7

“Henry and Mudge in the Green Time” by Cynthia Rylant

“My favorite book is Henry and Mudge in the Green Time by Cynthia Rylant. Mudge is a dog that pretends to be a dragon named Fireball. I liked that name, so I used it for my toy dragon. I love all those books.” – Liam, age 6

"James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl

“My favorite book is James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. It’s about a boy who goes in a giant peach, and he sails across the Atlantic Ocean. There are sea gulls pulling him. My favorite part is when the peach sits on top of the Empire State Building!” – Justin, age 7

“Ralph S. Mouse” by Beverly Cleary

“The book I’m going to tell you about is Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary. In this story, my favorite character is Ralph. I like him because he is a mouse and gets taken to a school where he is tested out in a mouse maze. He also has a motorcycle that gets broken. This book is cool. It has action, and it is fun! I like books just like this!” – Andrew, age 10

“Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerran

“My favorite book is Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. I like Roxaboxen because it’s my grandma’s favorite story, and she bought me the book. I also like it because the kids pretend that the sticks are horses. I also like when they make the Roxaboxen food stand. This is a great book!” – Haley, age 5

“Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett

“Here’s one of my favorite books: Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. It’s about a nine-year-old boy (Elmer) who rescues a young dragon from Wild Island. They go on lots of adventures, trying to get Boris (the dragon) back to his family. It’s a good book because you don’t know what will happen next.” – Josh, age 9

“Toys Go Out” by Emily Jenkins

“I read many books. My favorite is Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. It’s about toys that come to life when people aren’t around. The toys have many adventures. It’s a good book because you can’t predict what will happen next!” – Selena, age 7

“Verdi” by Janell Cannon

“My favorite book is Verdi by Janell Cannon because it is about a snake that wants to be different from other snakes. All the snakes that he grows up around are turning a different color, but he wants to stay the same color – green.” – Lauren, age 11