Parents play an essential role in a child's reading development. Reading to a young child builds language skills, nurtures imagination, and provides essential quiet time for parent and child. When you read together, you are investing in your child’s sense of self-worth and ability to relate to life and the world around them.
Opportunities to learn, grow, and be inspired abound – especially at your library.
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Book-Buzz for Young Readers
Juvenile Middle Reader Fiction
Zora and Me
By Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon
"Zora! You're not a liar – you're crazy!" yelled Old Lady Bronson. Is Zora a liar, or crazy – or a very good story-teller? Her description of a monster, half man/half alligator, not only sounds real, it helps to explain the dead man down by the railroad tracks. Zora's best friend Carrie tells how the adults finally listen to Zora and solve the mystery, saving more lives. As a bonus the book ends with information about the Real Zora Neale Hurston, who truly was an extraordinary story-teller.
Zora and Me recommended by
Donna Hartmann BAPL SS Branch staff member
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
By Tom Angleberger
Is Origami Yoda for real or is it a hoax put on by Dwight, the kid who always "ruins it for everyone"? Tommy and the rest of the sixth grade try to figure that out after Dwight's finger-puppet-Yoda starts giving some very wise and un-Dwight-like advice. In each chapter, a different student asks for Origami Yoda's help, with unexpected results. If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, try this. Then try to make your own Origami Yoda (instructions are included!).
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda recommended by
Catherine McCafferty BAPL staff member
The Clock Without a Face
By Scott Teplin
There are thirteen victims with stolen objects. Are these possessions really missing? Study the pictures and dig up the treasure! Find the twelve emerald-studded numbers. This book is in the shape of a house. Good read for 4th/5th grade
By Gorden Korman
Is Griffin Bing the thief? A valuable Super Bowl ring is missing. Can the "Man With A Plan" solve this mystery with the help of his friends? Interesting read for 4th/5th grade.
The Clock Without a Face and Framed recommended by Brenda Grow
BAPL SS Branch Manager
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Ghost Dog Secrets
By Peg Kehret
Rusty feeds and tends to a lonely German Shepherd left chained in a yard. The dog stays outside no matter what the weather without food, water, or shelter of any kind. The dog is very shy, even skittish. Rusty and his best friend Andrew think the dog might have been abused. A class project to help raise funds and food for the Humane Society, and a visit from a ghostly collie help move Rusty into action. He frees the shepherd and brings him home, reports the owner to animal control, and even uncovers illegal operations at the owner's home, in this fast paced animal rescue tale.
Ghost Dog Secrets recommended by
Edana Hoy BAPL Head of Youth Services
Juvenile Picture Books
Cat the Cat,
Who Is That?
By Mo WIllems
"Blargie, Blargie!" translates into a new friendship when Cat the Cat meets an unusual newcomer. Fans of Mo Willems' Pigeon books and his Elephant and Piggie series will enjoy greeting Cat the Cat's old and new friends. Other Cat the Cat titles include Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly and Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep.
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? recommended by Catherine McCafferty BAPL staff member
I Broke My Trunk
By Mo Willems
Gerald the elephant broke his trunk! And like most of us, the first person he wants to tell is his very best friend.
His "long, crazy story" about how he broke his trunk is sure to make you laugh! This silly story about friendship is perfect for early readers or story time with your toddler!
I Broke My Trunk recommended by
Corazon Irizarry BAPL SS Branch staff member
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