Family Literacy Corner/The Book Nook

Family literacy is an essential component of childhood development.  Creating an atmosphere and environment where reading and writing are encouraged and rewarded is the goal of family literacy.  Parents can role model this by reading at home and reading with their children.  If promoting reading and writing are a priority, your children will reap the benefits.  I am including a list of books appropriate for children, from birth on.  Introducing reading from birth will give your child a true head start!!

Credit to Early Learning Community, link included.

Picture Books


Beverlie Manson’s Fairies: A Collection of the Seasons by Beverlie Manson
Contains color illustrations that depict the activities of fairies in each of the four seasons, and includes brief introductions to individual fairies, plants, animals, and insects.

The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Carson Ellis
An inspector seeks to solve a murder mystery at the symphony by questioning each of the musical instruments.

Down By the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Frog and the other animals have a dancing good time both in and out of the water in the cool of the pool.

I’m Bad by Kate and Jim Mcmullan
A hungry Tyrannosaurus rex searches for food in the prehistoric forest but is thwarted in its attempts to find something to eat.

Baby Colors by Rachel Hale (board book)
Beautiful babies are photographed with objects showing all the colors of the rainbow.

Salt and Pepper at the Pike Place Market by Carol A. Losi, illustrated by Amy Meissner
Two dogs that look identical, one who lives on a boat and one who is pampered in a penthouse apartment, get switched accidentally in Seattle's Pike Place Market.

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
A digger, a mixer, a crane, a dump truck, a bulldozer, and a road roller team up to build a playground.

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson, illustrated by Jean Cassels
Bobbi, a dog, and Bob Cat, a cat, survived Hurricane Katrina and together endured four months on their own in the devastated city of New Orleans.

What Can You Do with a Rebozo? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? by Carmen Tafolla, illustrations by Amy Córdova
A little girl describes the many uses her family has for Mamá’s rebozo, a traditional Mexican shawl.


Chapter Books


Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson
Magic Trixie, a little girl with magical powers, has no fun while her baby sister gets away with everything. But after Trixie comes up with a special trick to impress her friends, she finds out that having a baby sister is not all bad.

Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo, and a Hopeful Round Some by Emily Jenkins, pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky
A stuffed buffalo, a stuffed stingray, and a bouncy rubber ball, all love Honey. But Honey is growing up. The toys are largely left to fend for themselves. Together, they brave a snowstorm, make a new shark friend, visit the basement, rescue a toy mouse from a vacuum cleaner, and have a dance party.

Dying To Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road, Book 1 by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

Masterpiece by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona of Mytilini, Who Was Captured and Sold as a Slave in Rome, AD 107 by Richard Platt, illustrated by David Parkins
Looks at life in ancient Rome through the fictional diary of Iliona, a girl traveling from Greece to Egypt when her ship is boarded by pirates. She is captured and sold at auction as a slave to a Roman couple who provide her with clothing, food, and an education, and allow her the freedom to explore the fascinating empire.

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen: The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin
Winston and his friends enter an all-day puzzle contest to win fifty-thousand dollars for their school, but they must also figure out who is trying to keep them from winning. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott
Three young middle-school-age children, Abby, Amira, and Sadeed, exchange letters back and forth between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan and begin to bridge a gap across cultural and religious divides.

Children's Non-Fiction


How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Looks at how different animals, such as a rainbow trout, chimney swift, and slender loris, approach the challenges of catching flies, digging holes, eating clams, and hatching eggs.

Icarus At the Edge of Time by Brian Greene
A retelling of the classic Greek myth of Icarus in which a boy travels through deep space to challenge the awesome powers of the black holes.

Pharaoh’s Boat written and illustrated by David Weitzman
Provides an illustrated account of the construction of Egyptian pharaoh Cheops' funeral boat, and discusses its discovery centuries later during an archaeological dig.