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Posted on: November 12, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Recommended read aloud books for families

Do you have children in kindergarten through second grade? Are you looking for new books to read together or series for your newly independent reader? 

If you answered yes to either question, then this list is for you!

Katelyn, our children's librarian at Park Grove Library, has put together a list of her favorite fiction recommendations for families with children in grades K-2. The list is broken into stand alone titles or series books. All of them are linked to our catalog to easily place holds on those that interest you most! 

Questions? Need more suggestions? Send an email to Katelyn, contact the children's librarian at your local branch, or reach out to us on social media @WashCoLib! 

Stand Alone Titles

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin (J FIC SEL)

“Wrapped in chiaroscuro of film noir, kids will forget they are learning to read, focusing instead on the comic bits, persistence, and vulnerability of an endearing hero.” - KIRKUS

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott (J FIC ELL)

“Nine-year-old Brooklynite Jaxon meets a witch, becomes her apprentice, and protects baby dragons all in one eventful day...Good, solid fantasy fun.” - KIRKUS 

Monster and Boy by Hannah Barnaby (J FIC BAR)

“No need to be afraid of monsters after reading this sweet and unusual friendship story.” - KIRKUS

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (J FIC DIC)

This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Rocuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. It is also the story of Miggery Sow, a serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. 

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (J FIC HEN)

Billy Miller’s second-grade year is quietly spectacular in a wonderfully ordinary way.” - KIRKUS

Books in a Series

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillow (J FIC DIC)

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls—one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures.

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin (J FIC CRO)

No job is too big or small for the shortest, yellowest, fuzziest detectives around: The Chicken Squad. Follow Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie as they piece together the mysteries of their backyard friends while stirring up some trouble too!

Jasmine Toguchi by Debbie Michiko Florence (J FIC FLO)

This spunky, eight-year-old Japanese-American heroine is unafraid to try new things while learning life lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood along the way. 

Juana & Lucas by Med Medina (J FIC MED)

Juana loves many things: drawing, living in Bogotá, Columbia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones (the hearts) of readers everywhere. 

Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin (Early Reader MAN)

Katie learns from her mistakes, owns up to lying, and faces disappointments. But, when things go wrong for her and her friends, they don’t stay mad or disappointed and they always help one another. 

The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn (J FIC QUI)

Journey to the magical Kingdom of Wrenly and join Prince Lucas and his best friend Clara on plenty of adventures with this fantastical illustrated chapter book series!

Lulu by Hilary McKay (J FIC MCK)

Whether they live with animals or not, readers will absorb some truths about the true care of animal companions in the company of Lulu and Mellie, who are as utterly charming and as completely age 7 as possible. 

Pedro by Fran Manushkin (J FIC MAN)

This earnest Latino first-grader who overcomes obstacles and solves mysteries is a winning character for all!

Penny by Kevin Henkes (EARLY READER HEN)

Penny is an energetic young mouse. Her mama’s name is Jane, her papa’s name is John, and her twin baby siblings are Tilly and Pip. Meet Penny and follow along on all her adventures through this entertaining series for new readers. 

The Questioneers by Andrea Beaty (J FIC BEA)

Three cheers for The Questioneers! Celebrate the power of perseverance with Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, Sofia Valdez, and Iggy Peck. 

Rabbit & Bear by Julian Gough (J FIC GOU)

“A bear’s kindness and generosity sweeten a grumpy rabbit’s sour outlook in this wintry woodland encounter...Young readers will come away with fresh insights into both poo and peacemaking.” - KIRKUS reviewing Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Sadiq by Siman Nuurali (J FIC NUU)

Sadiq is a fun-loving third graders who lives with his lively Somali American family. He has many interests, from soccer to video games to cooking (and eating!) samosas. Each book features a new hobby Sadiq shares with friends and neighbors and you, the reader!

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors (J FIC SEL)

When a bouncy, barky dog and an evil genius guinea pig move into the same house, the laughs are nonstop! Wedgie is so excited, he can’t stop barking. He LOVES having new siblings and friends to protect. He LOVES guinea pigs like Gizmo! He also LOVES treats! But Gizmo does not want to share his loyal human servant with a rump-sniffing beast! He does not want to live in a pink Barbie Playhouse. Or to be kissed and hugged by the girl human. Gizmo is an evil genius. He wants to take over the world and make all humans feel his wrath. But first he must destroy his archenemy, Wedgie, once and for all! 

Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi (J FIC FAR)

Meet Yasmin, a spirited second-grader who’s part of a multi-generational Pakistani American family. She’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation through creative thinking and exploration. 

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